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Graphical User Interface for Managing Nodes in a Distributed System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107313D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 3 page(s) / 111K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Austen, RF: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for providing a graphical user interface for managing nodes in a distributed system. This interface displays all known nodes within a known span of control in the network, allowing the administrator to manipulate the nodes as objects remotely from any other node.

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Graphical User Interface for Managing Nodes in a Distributed System

       Disclosed is a method for providing a graphical user
interface for managing nodes in a distributed system.  This interface
displays all known nodes within a known span of control in the
network, allowing the administrator to manipulate the nodes as
objects remotely from any other node.

      When administering the nodes in a distributed environment,
prior art has required the administrator to physically go to the node
or to issue command line commands with the node name as a required
parameter.  This required the administrator to keep reports that
identified all nodes so that they could correctly enter the commands.
It also required the administrator to learn the command languages to
administer the distributed nodes and their various services.

      This method improves upon prior art by providing a container in
a graphical user interface which presents a representation of each
node in the distributed environment. Each node can be opened, showing
its contents and the services running.  This container allows the
user to filter or customize the container to only show objects of a
specific type or with specific characteristics.  By creating a new
container, the user can copy references to objects to a specialized
container that meets specific needs according to the user's own
administrative style.

      An example of such a container and the results of opening a
node in this container are depicted in Figs. 1 and 2, respectively.
Notice that the node, itself, is also a container which contains
obje...