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Graphical User Interface for the Distributed System Namespace

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109026D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-23
Document File: 2 page(s) / 85K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Austen, RF: AUTHOR

Abstract

The distributed directory service represents the objects in the distributed system as a hierarchical collection of names (directories and object entries) with associated attributes. Prior implementations of the distributed computing environment display a graphical "tree" view of some portions of the namespace, but do not support administration of the namespace except from the command line interface. Disclosed is a method for graphically viewing and managing the entire distributed namespace, spanning the global directory service, cell directory service, distributed file system, and security service.

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Graphical User Interface for the Distributed System Namespace

       The distributed directory service represents the objects
in the distributed system as a hierarchical collection of names
(directories and object entries) with associated attributes.  Prior
implementations of the distributed computing environment display a
graphical "tree" view of some portions of the namespace, but do not
support administration of the namespace except from the command line
interface.  Disclosed is a method for graphically viewing and
managing the entire distributed namespace, spanning the global
directory service, cell directory service, distributed file system,
and security service.

      The graphical user interface for the distributed namespace (see
the figure) shows the structure and contents of the entire namespace
as a hierarchical tree, comprised of entries in the global and cell
directory service, the distributed file system, and the security
service.  Any namespace entry can be shown as part of this tree, and
the view can be customized to filter out certain objects (for
example, show only objects of a particular class) or display objects
in a single part of the tree.  Nodes in the tree may be expanded or
collapsed, the entire tree may be scrolled, and any directory node
may be opened to a separate window to view its contents.

      This interface supports all administrative aspects of the
directory service, allowing users to create and delete directory
entries, manage access control as a view of each object, display and
set attributes for any entry, and view and manage directory replicas.
All operations can be performed directly from the tree by selecting
the desired objects and using the mouse for direct manipulation or
the keyboard to access menus and dialogs.

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