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Architecture for Graphic Network Install Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116709D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 4 page(s) / 284K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Jones, TL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is the general structure for a graphical user interface application to support both the network installation and maintenance of resource objects using a standard set of direct manipulation controls. Unique is organization of objects in the interface and the iconic representation of states and relationships of objects.

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Architecture for Graphic Network Install Interface

      Disclosed is the general structure for a graphical user
interface application to support both the network installation and
maintenance of resource objects using a standard set of direct
manipulation controls.  Unique is organization of objects in the
interface and the iconic representation of states and relationships
of objects.

      Systems administrators need to be able to install software from
one machine to another over a network.  A graphical user interface
can facilitate this task by providing unique views and organizations
of information.  The graphical user interface described here is based
on an architecture which uniquely represents machines and resources
on a network and facilitates remote installation tasks.  The Figure
shows an example of the Graphic Network Install Interface.  The four
template types appear at upper left with "Machine Templates" as the
currently shown template type.  The "Machines" pane shows several
machines with "boerne" shown expanded.  The "Resources" pane shows
several resources with "bryan/SPOT" shown expanded.

      The Graphical User Interface is designed using a standard set
of direct manipulation controls.  The controls are:

Templates
  o  Machine Templates         - providing default values for
                                  machine registration
  o  Local Resource Templates  - providing default values for
                                  registration of resources accessed
  o  Remote Resource Templates - providing default values for
                                  locally
                                  registration of resources accessed
                                  remotely
  o  Package Templates         - providing default values for
                            ...