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IPL a Remote Lan Workstation Using Os/2 And NETBIOS Commands

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119242D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 1 page(s) / 31K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Baird, JM: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes a method for using OS/2* and NETBIOS commands to re-boot a remote LAN workstation which is listening for a command from the initiator machine.

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IPL a Remote Lan Workstation Using Os/2 And NETBIOS Commands

      This article describes a method for using OS/2* and
NETBIOS commands to re-boot a remote LAN workstation which is
listening for a command from the initiator machine.

      The ability for LAN workstations to communicate to each other
is done by utilizing the NETBIOS interface. More specifically, two
machines, MACHINE1 and MACHINE2 (see diagram below) establish a
NETBIOS session between each other. This is done by (1) MACHINE1 and
MACHINE2 adding their respective NETBIOS names, (2) then MACHINE1
issues a NETBIOS call to MACHINE2, (3) then MACHINE2 replies (NETBIOS
session is formed), and (4) MACHINE1 validates the reply and sends
the re-IPL command to MACHINE2.

      At this point, MACHINE2 has been told by MACHINE1 to re-boot.
MACHINE2 issues an OS/2 IOCTL command to the device driver, thus
causing MACHINE2 to re-boot (5). The process is then completed.

      The following figure helps to illustrate how this process
works:

      MACHINE2 will have successfully re-booted, causing the entire
operating system to be reloaded. This process, since it uses NETBIOS
commands, will work across any NETBIOS supported LAN, bridge, and
gateway configurations.
*  Trademark of IBM Corp.