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Method for Browsing Network Resources

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000112204D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Spelce, DC: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for browsing network resources, such as directories and printers, shared from Local Area Network (LAN) servers. The method provides a solution to the limitation in current LAN client software which can browse network resources shared via an alias or a network name (netname), but not both.

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Method for Browsing Network Resources

      Disclosed is a method for browsing network resources, such as
directories and printers, shared from Local Area Network (LAN)
servers.  The method provides a solution to the limitation in current
LAN client software which can browse network resources shared via an
alias or a network name (netname), but not both.

      LAN client software usually contains functions to browse or
enumerate the available network resources on the network.  Servers in
an OS/2* LAN Server domain support network resources defined as
aliases and netnames.  However, other compatible network operating
systems (NOS), such as LAN Manager** and Windows for Workgroups**, do
not support aliases, only netnames.

      For the most part, the browsing function in IBM's LAN client
software, such as DOS LAN Requester, is designed around the concept
of aliases, limiting the use of the browse function when
communicating with network servers which do not share resources via
aliases.

To resolve this problem, several interface design changes have been
made:

1.  The browse function has been redesigned to first attempt the
    browse of aliases (the assumption, in the IBM case, that the user
    is logged on to an OS/2 LAN Server domain).  If aliases are
    found, the browse dialog displays a list of aliases available on
    the domain.

2.  If no aliases are found, as on a LAN Manager domain, then the
    browse of netnames automatically tak...