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Automatic Discovery of CMIS-Managed Objects at Nodes in a Network

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000112749D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 46K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Holt, VS: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

In the management of Common Management Information Service (CMIS) objects, located on systems other than the system containing the managing application, there is a problem of determining what objects exist at the system(s) to be managed. Often, this problem is solved by "hard coding" in the managing application, the identities of the managed objects. It would be preferable if managing applications were able to automatically discover the objects to be managed.

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Automatic Discovery of CMIS-Managed Objects at Nodes in a Network

      In the management of Common Management Information Service
(CMIS) objects, located on systems other than the system containing
the managing application, there is a problem of determining what
objects exist at the system(s) to be managed.  Often, this problem is
solved by "hard coding" in the managing application, the identities
of the managed objects.  It would be preferable if managing
applications were able to automatically discover the objects to be
managed.

      This solution utilizes the CMIS management functions to
automatically discover the existence as well as the identities of
managed objects that exist at a node in a network, given the network
address of the node in the network.

      In the CMIS model, management information is a collection of
instances  of managed objects whose names are arranged hierarchically
in a management information tree with a standard root.  CMIS also
provides for the scoping and filtering of requests to instances of
managing objects in order to select specific instances of the
objects.  Scoping is the process of specifying which part of the
information tree, starting from the base or root, should participate
in the request.  The scope can specify: the base only; the Nth
subordinate level of the base object; the base object and all its
subordinates; or the base level and its subordinates down to a
specified level.  The filtering is the applicati...