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Preventing Multiple Access to Network Administration Panels

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107386D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 31K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Lillie, BT: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method of preventing multiple access on a network basis to a particular set of administration panels. This would prevent two (or more) network administrators from trying to manage the same resources, with the results being inconsistent.

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Preventing Multiple Access to Network Administration Panels

       Disclosed is a method of preventing multiple access on a
network basis to a particular set of administration panels. This
would prevent two (or more) network administrators from trying to
manage the same resources, with the results being inconsistent.

      A "network semaphore" was designed to permit access to only one
requester at a time.  When an administrator attempts to enter the
administration panels, a request is made to the domain controller for
access.  The domain controller will accept the request if no other
administrator is currently managing the requested area.  The request
will be denied if another administrator is currently managing the
requested area.

      When an administrator is given access, a thread is created
which will periodically send a message to the server indicating that
the user is still in the manage function. When an administrator
leaves the manage function, a message will be sent to the domain
controller relinquishing the manage function.  The thread that was
created will be terminated.  While the administrator is in the manage
function, the thread will send a "I am still here" message so that if
a requester is rebooted while in the manage functions and never
releases access, the access will be terminated after a period of
inactivity (i.e., no messages received).