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Generalized Network Change Manager

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000117399D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 6 page(s) / 214K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kavajecz, K: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

A method of initiating and managing the execution of arbitrary functions on computer systems in communications networks is disclosed. Functions are initiated from a central site system in a computer network. The central site system manages the distribution and installation of changes on remote managed systems.

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Generalized Network Change Manager

      A method of initiating and managing the execution of arbitrary
functions on computer systems in communications networks is
disclosed.  Functions are initiated from a central site system in a
computer network.  The central site system manages the distribution
and installation of changes on remote managed systems.

      The change manager runs on the central site system in a
computer network and manages the distribution and installation of
changes on remote managed systems.

      A user at the central site system that wishes to make a network
wide change will create a change request description.  A change
request description consists of one or more activities.  Activities
are individual steps that must be performed to accomplish the change.
Each activity can manipulate one or more resources on one or more
systems in a network.

      Information is entered into the change request description in
the initial planning, assessing, and scheduling phases.

      Since the activities required to make changes in all
environments cannot be anticipated, the set of activities are not
predefined.  Instead, applications of the change manager are written
to implement the individual activities.  The application programs
register an activity type with the change manager and indicate the
names of the programs or commands that are available to define the
activity, display activity information, and perform the activity.
The change manager will call these programs to perform processing
that is unique for a particular activity type.  Fig. 1 shows
activities registered with the change manager.
    Application C
   Application B
  Application A
    Application type = Product Install
    Define activity  = ADDPRDINSA command
    Display activity = DSPPRDINS program
    Perform activity = RUNPRDINS program
  FIG. 1

      The types of activities are limited only by what can be
performed by a program.  Applications can be written to support a
variety of network types and operating environments.  Example
activity types are:
  o  Product distribution in Systems Network Architecture (SNA)
      networks
  o  Product installation in SNA networks
  o  Apply Program Temporary Fixes (PTFs) in SNA networks
  o  File distribution in Transmission Control Protocol/Internet
      Protocol (TCP/IP) networks
  o  Command execution on remote system
  o  Power down remote system
  o  Send message to hardware coordinator requesting terminal
      installation

      As shown in Fig. 2, the change request description object has
four activities which will be performed to accomplish the change.
The first two activities are part of the object distribution
application, the third belongs to the remote command execution
application, and the  fourth belongs to the user notification
application.
     Activity 1   *OBJDST   Retrieve x.y.z from system 1
    ...