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Object Model for a Graphic Network Install Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116733D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 4 page(s) / 270K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Jones, TL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is the object model for a graphical user interface application to support the network installation and maintenance of resources and machines using direct manipulation. Unique to this disclosure is i organization of objects in the interface and the use of drag and drop and iconic representation of states to allow the network installation of resources onto machines.

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Object Model for a Graphic Network Install Interface

      Disclosed is the object model for a graphical user interface
application to support the network installation and maintenance of
resources and machines using direct manipulation.  Unique to this
disclosure is i organization of objects in the interface and the use
of drag and drop and iconic representation of states to allow the
network installation of resources onto machines.

      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
designed using an object model which represents machines and
resources on a network.  Each object is represented graphically by an
icon which varies dynamically based on the current state of the
object.

      Figure 1 is an example of the object model.  The figure
displays the object model within the "Machines" and "Resources" panes
in the interface.  The "Machines" pane shows several machines of
varying subtypes and states with the machine named "dallas" expanded
to show served and received resources.  The "Resources" pane shows
several resources of varying subtypes and states with the resource
named "bryan/SPOT" expanded to show the clients currently using it.

      The objects used in the object model are Machines, Local
Resources, Remote Resources, and Packages.  They are described below.

      Machines - The machine object represents a physical machine
connected to the network.  The machine object has four subtypes,
corresponding to AIX* machine configurations: Diskless, Dataless,
Stand Alone and Master.  Each machine object is in one of several
states (with a different iconic representation for each state):
Incomplete, Ready, Ready to Install, Installing, Base Operating
System (BOS) Installing, Install Complete, Booting, Shutdown,
Unknown.  Each machine object may also have a scheduled state in
addition to its normal state (i.e., scheduled for Install).

      The machine objects can be expanded to show served, allocated,
installing and installed resources.  The served resources are those
provided by this machine for other machines to use, and appear in
their own expansion bin.  The allocated, installing and installed
resources are those received from other machines, and appear together
in an expansion bin.

      Local Resources - The local resource object represents some
type of resource which can be installed onto a machine for local use.
The local resource object has four subtypes: BOS Image, BOS Data
File, License Program Product (LPP), Script.  Each local resource is
in one of three states: Incomplete, Unavailable, Available.

The local resource objects can be expanded to show clients using the
resource.

      Remote Resources - The remote resource object represents some
type of resource...