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Resources View for User Accounts

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110332D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 77K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Austen, RF: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for graphically viewing the relationship between user accounts and the resources to which the user has access. User accounts are the objects which describe various aspects of a computer user in a network, such as name and password; resources are the files, applications, printers and other objects to which the user is assigned access across the system.

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Resources View for User Accounts

       Disclosed is a method for graphically viewing the
relationship between user accounts and the resources to which the
user has access.  User accounts are the objects which describe
various aspects of a computer user in a network, such as name and
password; resources are the files, applications, printers and other
objects to which the user is assigned access across the system.

      In past implementations, users were shown a list of all
available resources, and when they tried to access an object to which
they did not have permission, they were notified by the system that
access was denied.  Users were also required to know the location of
the objects they wished to access.  This method provides the
information to the user in a single view, showing only those
resources the user is allowed to access and eliminating wasted
attempts to access objects to which the user is denied permission.
This is especially beneficial in environments which are rapidly
expanding into larger and larger networks.  The number of steps
required for the user to find out the information is reduced
significantly by providing this view.

      In today's windowing environments it is possible to have
multiple views of an object.  These views may show the object in
different formats, such as icon or text.  This method suggests
extending the definition of objects to include views with
group-related information; specifically, the resources view is a list
of all the resources to which the selected user has access, shown in
a primary window adjacent to the user object.  The user may
manipulate the resources in a familiar way by accessing options
through pull-down menus and dialog boxes.  The user may also directly
manipulate the...