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Graceful Method for Preventing System Rebot from Interfacing with Users

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111713D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Provided is a method for performing a system reboot with minimal productivity degradation of connected users.

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Graceful Method for Preventing System Rebot from Interfacing with
Users

      Provided is a method for performing a system reboot with
minimal productivity degradation of connected users.

      Often a system such as a host must be rebooted in order to
incorporate system upgrades and recycle administrated configurations.
Currently, a system administrator sends out a note or message so that
all system users are aware when the system will be rebooted and how
long the system will be unavailable.  This manual method of informing
users presents problems.  Users must remember when the upcoming
reboot will occur so as not to perform any activity which will be
interfered with during that time.  A user may forget and start a task
which becomes interrupted.  In fact, the system reboot may cause the
user to lose a significant amount of work which is in progress.  A
more graceful method is needed for making system restarts more user
friendly.

      Provided is a method for an administrator to initiate a
scheduled system reboot.  Further provided is requester monitor code
responsible for tracking user activity for the purpose of warning a
user when there is insufficient time to complete an activity in the
light of an incumbent reboot.  For example, the user may perform
backups to a host server which may be rebooted.  History shows that a
weekly backup took a minimum of sixty minutes.  Historical
information becomes automatically tracked when a configured threshold...