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Require Network Approval Before Starting Client

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119001D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cromer, D: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

A critical area in desktop corporate computers is remote system management and reducing the total cost of ownership. A critical method is enforcing desktop management where critical files are stored on the Network. This disclosure ensures that the Network is operational before allowing the client to operate.

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Require Network Approval Before Starting Client

      A critical area in desktop corporate computers is remote system
management and reducing the total cost of ownership.  A critical
method is enforcing desktop management where critical files are
stored on the Network.  This disclosure ensures that the Network is
operational before allowing the client to operate.

      Many corporations are requiring good desktop management to
reduce total cost of ownership.  A major part is forcing all critical
files to be stored on the network versus locally on the client.
Storing files on the network has the following advantages:
  o  Automatic backup
  o  Others can get to and use data
  o  Disaster recovery

      However, for this solution to work, the network must be
operational.  Client users in this environment are not necessarily
highly trained computer users.  If the network is down, then their
programs will  not work (because they cannot find their data files).
This could cause  user problems and customer help calls.  This
invention adds a check in  the system start-up code to determine if
the network is operational. The  system start-up code sends a packet
out on the network.  It then displays  a message stating, "waiting
for Network connection to complete".  The start-up code then loops
until it gets a message from the Network indicating the network is
operational.  After receiving the message, it  then completes the
system level startup.

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