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Combining Multiple Commands to Simplify Definition of User Account Object

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110128D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 63K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Austen, RF: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

In a distributed computing environment, the definition of a user account, including all related information about the user and associated objects (e.g., the groups to which the user belongs), can be quite complex and the steps are required to be performed in a certain order. This requires that the administrator be familiar with this sequence and perform it correctly in order to define a user account. Disclosed is a method to increase the effectiveness and ease of use for defining user account objects via a graphical user interface. This concept can be extended to apply to any task which requires numerous ordered steps in order to be completed, such as the creation of any type of composite object.

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Combining Multiple Commands to Simplify Definition of User Account Object

       In a distributed computing environment, the definition of
a user account, including all related information about the user and
associated objects (e.g., the groups to which the user belongs), can
be quite complex and the steps are required to be performed in a
certain order.  This requires that the administrator be familiar with
this sequence and perform it correctly in order to define a user
account.  Disclosed is a method to increase the effectiveness and
ease of use for defining user account objects via a graphical user
interface.  This concept can be extended to apply to any task which
requires numerous ordered steps in order to be completed, such as the
creation of any type of composite object.

      A user account is a composite object which represents the
relationship between several other objects.  In prior
implementations, the administrator was required to define the
organization, the group, and the principal objects and then add the
user to the group and organization, before actually defining the user
account.  This required numerous steps via a command line interface.

      In this method, the administrator is prompted for the
definition of any of the associated objects during creation of the
user account, as long as the administrator has the proper
permissions.  If one of the objects does not exist or if the
principal/user account is not listed as a member of the object, a
dialo...