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Method for remote NIC analysis

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109310D
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-23
Document File: 2 page(s) / 67K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for remote network interface card (NIC) analysis. Benefits include improved functionality and improved reliability

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Method for remote NIC analysis

Disclosed is a method for remote network interface card (NIC) analysis. Benefits include improved functionality and improved reliability.

Background

             

General description

             

Advantages

              The disclosed method provides advantages, including:
•             Improved functionality due to enabling the management console to remotely diagnose and troubleshoot platforms and networks
•             Improved reliability due to improving system and network availability

•             Improved reliability due to enabling the immediate initiation of corrective action

Detailed description

              The disclosed method extends the network management console to enable the remote diagnosis and troubleshooting of platform and network problems.

              Platform status reports items, such as temperature, fan speed, and system utilization, and alerts for events, such as spurious interrupts or interrupt storms.

              Network status reports events, such as the following:

•             Link status

•             Utilization

•             Broadcast storms

•             Collision rate

•             Late collisions

•             Number of multicast addresses in use

              The disclosed method enables the administrator to run diagnostics on the remote platform or a network segment. The network processor runs independently of the host system and continues to operate when the host system has encountered errors.

              The disclosed method enables the network management console to monitor the traffic coming into the NIC's network port. If a distributed denial of service (DDOS) packet signature is detected, the network management console issues a command to the NIC firmware to break the network link. When the management console software determines that the DDOS a...