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Adviser Window for IBM LAN NetView Start and Other Network Configuration Programs

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111317D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 105K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Shrader, TJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a design for an adviser window for the IBM LAN NetView* Start (Start) product or for other network configuration/management programs. Start 1.1 provides users with the ability to represent and configure nodes within a network. After the nodes are defined or migrated, users can drag a single workstation node, a group of nodes, or the entire topology to a transformer object. The transformer object will produce the appropriate response files, LCU command files, or NetView DM/2 change files for the applications configured on the node(s).

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Adviser Window for IBM LAN NetView Start and Other Network Configuration
Programs

      Disclosed is a design for an adviser window for the IBM LAN
NetView* Start (Start) product or for other network
configuration/management programs.  Start 1.1 provides users with the
ability to represent and configure nodes within a network.  After the
nodes are defined or migrated, users can drag a single workstation
node, a group of nodes, or the entire topology to a transformer
object.  The transformer object will produce the appropriate response
files, LCU command files, or NetView DM/2 change files for the
applications configured on the node(s).

      The Start product allows advanced users to quickly create their
networks and obtain the output files for all the configurations, and
possibly installations, that they will need.  With the myriad of
Start functions readily available to new users, sometimes they are
not sure where to begin.  This disclosure presents a user interface
mechanism in which Start or another network configuration program can
implement to advise users what steps they need to perform next before
a successful transformation can take place.  This adviser window
would also document and display the steps that were performed.

      The adviser window will appear as a sizeable, vertical
rectangle with a status bar shaped like a thermometer laid on its
side at the top of the window.  Underneath the thermometer would be a
scrollable text pane, containing the text of the actions that the
user performed and suggested actions that the user may want to take
next.  New information would be appended to the bottom of the
contents of the text pane, allowing users to view a history of their
actions and suggested actions.  (Clipboard and other text pane
functions would also be supported, and both the thermometer and text
pane would resize with the window, as needed.)

      The status thermometer at the top of the adviser window would
show the user the state of the object to be transformed, such as a
node, or multiple objects (e.g., all the workstations in a topology).
The user would be able to specify the scope of the adviser window -
whether it advised actions for one or a number of objects.

      The thermometer would first start as a red circle at the left
end of the thermometer.  The rest of the thermometer would be
"clear".  As the user changes the definition of nodes, makes
connections, defines the directory mappers, etc., the status of the
transformer would grow to the right, with the contents of the
thermometer slowly turning yellow and then light green, until it
turned completely green, filling the circles at both ends of the
thermometer and the tube connecting them.  If the user did something
that took the user away from getting an object to a transformer-ready
state, the level of "fluid" in the transformer would shrink and the
color would change...