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ASCII Interface for Group Membership Definition

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113483D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gibson, GA: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is an ASCII interface to distributed systems management that allows flexibility in the grouping of systems on which to execute commands. The menu interface allows the user to select an option for multiple systems management. The user is then provided a means by which to select working on either a permanent or a temporary group. The user then indicates the resources to include in the group. Once the group is defined, the user is free to perform task(s) on the group. Upon completion of the task(s), the user exits the program. If the group is permanent, it is saved. The user is free to create as many permanent groups as desired at any login session--with any amount of overlap in membership that the user wants.

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ASCII Interface for Group Membership Definition

      Disclosed is an ASCII interface to distributed systems
management that allows flexibility in the grouping of systems on
which to execute commands.  The menu interface allows the user to
select an option for multiple systems management.  The user is then
provided a means by which to select working on either a permanent or
a temporary group.  The user then indicates the resources to include
in the group.  Once the group is defined, the user is free to perform
task(s) on the group.  Upon completion of the task(s), the user exits
the program.  If the group is permanent, it is saved.  The user is
free to create as many permanent groups as desired at any login
session--with any amount of overlap in membership that the user
wants.

     Machine resource groups are extremely useful to users who must
do the same task on multiple machines.  As a company makes
organizational changes, the person who is managing the users and
systems for the organization can make changes.  This interface allows
this person to dynmaically create groups.  Another especially useful
feature is that there can be overlap in the membership of the groups.
This allows the user to group resources functionally, e.g. by
functional departments or software usage.  It also saves the user
time, errors and effort of going from machine to machine to perform a
single task.

     Dynamic resource group creation, combined with overlapping group
defin...