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Design for Cataloging Databases at a Server Workstation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106250D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 104K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Nowak, H: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a possible extension to the current design of the LAN NetView Start* program (Start) that allows users to create databases at a server workstation and have them selectively cataloged at connected client workstations.

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Design for Cataloging Databases at a Server Workstation

      Disclosed is a possible extension to the current design of the
LAN NetView Start* program (Start) that allows users to create
databases at a server workstation and have them selectively cataloged
at connected client workstations.

     With the Start program, users can create database client and
server workstation nodes.  By connecting a client and server node,
users can indicate that they want to catalog the database server on
the client.  This connection is shown as an arrow from the client to
the server node in a graphical topology container pane.  Its presence
automates the process of cataloging workstations when the
installation response files are generated for the respective nodes in
the topology.  However with this scheme, users must manually catalog
those databases that they wish to use after the automated
installation is complete.  This disclosure will help users further
automate the cataloging process.

     By dragging and dropping node templates into a topology
container window, users can create and configure database client and
server workstations with the Start program.  As mentioned earlier,
these nodes can be connected by left-clicking on the client and
dragging the mouse pointer to the server before releasing.  An arrow
will appear, signifying that the client should catalog the server
workstation.

     The user configuring these nodes can go one step further to
create and catalog databases on the nodes by opening up the Settings
notebook on the server workstation node and by turning to the
appropriate database cataloging notebook page.  (This page will be
disabled on nodes that do not have the database server function.)
This page is divided into two entry lists.  The left list is a
multi-entry list in which the user can type in names of databases
that will reside on the server workstation.  New entries can be added
by scrolling to an unused entry field and old entries can be deleted
or changed by selecting the entry and changing it with the cursor and
keyboard.

     At the right side of the list is a multi-select list which
contains a list of all the client workstations connected to the
server.  If entries are selected on this right list, the database in
the entry field of the left multi-entry list in which the cursor was
last located in will be cataloged on the selected client
workstations.  (The database currently in "use" can have a different
color for its entry field or it can be shaded differently to give the
user an additional indication of which database is being
"cataloged".) Whenever the user mo...