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Heterogeneous LAN Mail System Affinity

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104949D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 131K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Clark, DK: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A methodology is described which provides an affinity service between unlike mail systems by automatically receiving mail from one system and forwarding it on to recipients in another.

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Heterogeneous LAN Mail System Affinity

      A methodology is described which provides an affinity service
between unlike mail systems by automatically receiving mail from one
system and forwarding it on to recipients in another.

      Some mail systems allow users to delegate mail rights to other
users.  For example, a manager delegates all mail rights for
receiving mail to a secretary.  The secretary receives the manager's
mail for handling while the manager is on vacation.  Current mail
systems which support delegation, referred to as affinity, implement
it at the mail server.  Implementing affinity at the centralized
server location is adequate as long as the server is attached to mail
servers containing users someone wants to delegate to.  The boom of
LAN mail systems causes problems for a user with access to more than
one mail system who may want to delegate to users in other mail
systems which are not attached to a particular mail server.  A method
is needed for allowing a user to grant mail rights to a user in a
different mail system when the delegating user's requester machine
contains access to more than one mail system.

      The present article describes a service provided to the user's
local requesting machine.  The service automatically receives mail
from one system and forwards it on to recipients in another, when the
mail systems are NOT connected except with the fact that the user has
requester access to both.  This service consists of 2 primary
components -- a Mail System Scenario Recorder (MSSR) and an Affinity
Manager Executable (AME).  When a user desires to delegate mail from
one mail system to another from the requester machine, the process
starts with the MSSR.  The user starts the MSSR (e.g., Enter "MSSR
C:\RECVMAIL.IN /D=C:\EXPORTED" at command line) with one parameter
being a fully qualified file name which will ultimately contain an
internalized form of user action during a mail system scenario and
the other parameter being the directory name where an exported file
will be placed.  MSSR runs in the background monitoring user
peripheral input.  The user then invokes the mail system which is to
have mail retrieved from for forwarding to another mail system.  The
user must be careful to perform only the actions required to retrieve
the mail inbasket.  After retrieving the inbasket, the user must go
to the session which started MSSR and enter a key sequence which
indicates 'END OF INBASKET RETRIEVAL'.  The user then should return
to the mail system inbasket for further scenario.  The user must
export the inbasket to a repository as ASCII files.  For systems
which do not provide an EXPORT ALL function, the user should record a
scenario which will EXPORT a mail item one at a time in such a way
that when repeated will continue to export inbasket items.  After
export, the mail item must be deleted from the inbasket.  When the
EXPORT scenario has been completed, the user must go to the sess...