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Register and Deregister Alarm Filters Using Files

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113314D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 6 page(s) / 186K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Baier, KJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This invention provides a method for using files to automatically configure a network for the reception of error information from workstations on the network. The files also manage the network filters.

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Register and Deregister Alarm Filters Using Files

      This invention provides a method for using files to
automatically configure a network for the reception of error
information from workstations on the network.  The files also manage
the network filters.

The files provide the following benefits:

1.  Provides a way to establish alarm sieves at startup by creating a
    configuration file in a specified format.  The configuration file
    supports the configuration of event sieves that are automatically
    created when you start the application program.  The application
    program stores the event sieves in a runtime configuration file
    with a different name.

2.  The configuration files also preserve the system configuration
    when the program is stopped.  If the program is stopped suddenly,
    the file can be used in a way to reconfigure only those sieves
    that were removed.  For example, in one case only the local
    events are removed when the program stops, so only the local
    events are registered when the program starts.  If the program
    stops normally, all sieves are removed from the network.  When
    the program restarts, the administrator can select to
    automatically reconfigure the network the same or to reconfigure
    to differently by selecting one of the two configuration files.
    The system configuration is therefore, managed automatically at
    program stop and start.

      Without this file, network error filter configuration would
need to be done manually.  It would be more difficult initializing
networks to detect alarm information.  There would also be no alarm
detection selection persistence at shutdown because applications must
remove alarm filters (sieves) when they are stopped in an orderly
way.

      Configuration File Explanation - The configuration file
contains module sections.  Each section is identified by a module
name that is between left and right brackets.  Within each module
section, the keyword and value combinations provide the event sieve
information.  Each module section represents configuration for one
event sieve.

      The program supports two types of configuration files.  The
files are named TIEBASE.INI and TIERUN.INI here for purposes of
explanation.

      TIEBASE.INI is a configuration file you can create and copy to
the workstation when you install the program.  The configuration file
is a flat ASCII file.  TIEBASE.INI contains the configuration
information the program uses to register event sieves.

      You can use this file to cause the program automatically to
register for the event sieves you want when you start the program.
The TIEBASE.INI file contains a base set of event sieves.

      When you start the program with TIEBASE.INI, it creates the
event sieves without checking to see whether they are already
registered or created on the remote workstations.  The TIEBA...