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Ability to Obtain Remote Machine's OS/2 System Trace Buffer using NetBIOS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000115432D
Original Publication Date: 1995-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 69K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Baker, RJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

The ability to obtain the OS/2* System Trace Buffer from a machine without actually being at that machine is logistically desirable. Many customers have NetBIOS networks that are spread out across many buildings and sites. The ability to obtain a remote machine's system trace buffer is somewhat dependent on the Transport protocol being run on the machines in question. For example, if the user is using TCP/IP, they could use the application program TELNET to issue the necessary commands to create a file containing the trace buffer and then use the application program FTP to transfer the file from the remote machine to the local machine. A user that has only the NetBIOS protocol installed on their machine could accomplish this same task but would require buying the Distributed Console Access Facility (DCAF) product.

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Ability to Obtain Remote Machine's OS/2 System Trace Buffer using
NetBIOS

      The ability to obtain the OS/2* System Trace Buffer from a
machine without actually being at that machine is logistically
desirable.  Many customers have NetBIOS networks that are spread out
across many buildings and sites.  The ability to obtain a remote
machine's system trace buffer is somewhat dependent on the Transport
protocol being run on the machines in question.  For example, if the
user is using TCP/IP, they could use the application program TELNET
to issue the necessary commands to create a file containing the trace
buffer and then use the application program FTP to transfer the file
from the remote machine to the local machine.  A user that has only
the NetBIOS protocol installed on their machine could accomplish this
same task but would require buying the Distributed Console Access
Facility (DCAF) product.  Many NetBIOS users may not have the DCAF
product.  A new API command and frame command incorporated into the
NetBIOS protocol stack could make it possible for any NetBIOS user on
a network to obtain the OS/2 System Trace Buffer from a remote
machine.

      The solution to the problem of remotely obtaining the OS/2
System Trace Buffer would consist of three distinct components - A
new API verb introduced into the NetBIOS command list, a new NetBIOS
frame command for NetBIOS to recognize, and a simple application
program (Applet) to use the new NetBIOS API.

      The new NetBIOS API verb could be called NCB.DEBUG.  Its
Network Control Block (NCB) would be structured similar to currently
defined NCBs for ease of use with a few different inputs.  One of the
different parameters would be a NetBIOS name on the remote machine
that...