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Command Line Interface for Managing RIPL Machine Definitions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000112720D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 53K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Callaway, JR: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

Disclosed is a command line interface for managing RIPL machine definitions.

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Command Line Interface for Managing RIPL Machine Definitions

      Disclosed is a command line interface for managing RIPL machine
definitions.

      An important feature of a network operating system (NOS) is
remote initial program load (RIPL).  With remote IPL, requesters can
download IPL files from designated servers (hereafter referred to as
RIPL servers).  Remote IPL can be used to start both OS/2* and DOS
requesters.

      RIPL servers require specific information about the requesters
that are to be remotely IPLed (RIPL requesters).  In some NOSs, this
information is stored in several different files that typically
reside on more than one machine.  Some machine information is stored
on the domain controller, in a domain control database file (DCDB.M)
and in the network accounts file, NET.ACC.  Additional information is
stored on each RIPL server in one or more files--RPL.MAP, and, for
OS/2 requesters, File Index Table (FIT) files.

      The IBM OS/2* LAN Server's Command Line Interface (CLI) does
not provide a command for managing RIPL client machines defined in
the Domain Control Database (DCDB).  All the administration for
adding and updating RIPL requesters has to be done interactively
through the other LAN Server interfaces, thus preventing a LAN
administrator from creating and using batch files to manage the
requester definitions.

      A new command, NET RIPL, was added to the LAN Server Command
Line Interface (CLI) to solve this problem.  This solution allows an
administrator to create and manipulate RIPL machine object
definitions.

The syntax of NET RIPL is:

NET RIPL machinename  [/type:"OS2" | "DOS"]
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