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Graphical User Interface for the Distributed Computing Environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114710D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 107K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Austen, RF: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

The user/administrator interface provided by the Open Software Foundation (OSF) Distributed Computing Environment* (DCE) is primarily command line driven, and each of its components has its own command style and syntax. The graphical user interface described in this invention disclosure presents a consistent, uniform view of the distributed system to end users and administrators. This model represents the various distributed system services as graphical objects which can be directly manipulated to perform actions or complete user tasks. It presents an easy to use, cohesive approach to accessing and managing the distributed system, one which requires fewer technical skills and expertise than existing command line interfaces.

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Graphical User Interface for the Distributed Computing Environment

      The user/administrator interface provided by the Open Software
Foundation (OSF) Distributed Computing Environment* (DCE) is
primarily command line driven, and each of its components has its own
command style and syntax.  The graphical user interface described in
this invention disclosure presents a consistent, uniform view of the
distributed system to end users and administrators.  This model
represents the various distributed system services as graphical
objects which can be directly manipulated to perform actions or
complete user tasks.  It presents an easy to use, cohesive approach
to accessing and managing the distributed system, one which requires
fewer technical skills and expertise than existing command line
interfaces.

      The graphical user interface for DCE is based on an object
model which depicts each of the distributed system services as an
object or collection of related objects which perform various
functions.  These objects are shown as icons inside windows
("containers") on the user's screen.  Actions can be performed on the
objects by selecting options from menus, or via direct manipulation
using the mouse ("drag and drop").  Related information about an
object can be shown as a view of the object.

The following objects comprise the graphical user interface for DCE:
  -  NAMESPACE - The namespace object represents the distributed
      directory service as a hierarchical tree of directory entries
      (names).  This tree shows the logical structure of named
entities
      across the distributed system.  Objects and their attributes
can
      be viewed and manipulated, and actions can be performed on
      objects (e.g., create, delete, set access control, and so on).
  -  REGISTRY - The registry object represents the distributed
      security service, a database which contains the objects used to
      manage security in the network: principals, user accounts,
      groups, and organizations.  Access control lists are also
      security related objects; these are represented as views of the
      objects to which they apply.
  -  FILESETS - The fileset window contains a list of all filesets
      defined in the distributed file system.  Filesets are logical
      containers of directories and files which can be managed as a
      single unit.  These objects can be moved, copied, deleted,
      replicated, and so on.
  -  NODES - The nodes window contains representations of all the
      physical nodes (clients and servers) in the distributed system.
      Nodes may be characterized by the services running at the node
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      e.g., security servers, directory servers, and so on.  All the
      distributed system services have node objects: time, file,
      directory (global and cell directory service), and security.
  -  RP...