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Remote Control of Keyboard Through AoL Technology

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123674D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 77K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cromer, D: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

Problem Solved By This Invention: Remote management of client PC provides tremendous cost of ownership advantages and provides better quality of service for large networks. Currently there is a tradeoff between remote management and system security.

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Remote Control of Keyboard Through AoL Technology

   Problem Solved By This Invention:

   Remote management of client PC provides tremendous cost of
ownership advantages and provides better quality of service for
large networks.  Currently there is a tradeoff between remote
management and system security.

   IBM systems support both a Power On Password (POP) and
a Privileged Access Password (PAP).  The POP, if installed, requires
correct entry before Power on Self Tests (POST) turns control over to
a boot device.  This provides protection against a thief booting to a
diskette in drive A or breaking out of a Win95 boot to a
non-specified boot device.  The PAP is required to gain access to
BIOS setup which protects the system's configuration settings and the
protected boot list.

   Remote maintenance operation such as IBM s LAN Client
Control Manager (LCCM), requires the ability to bypass the POP in
order to boot to a server and the ability to bypass the PAP in order
to update the configuration settings is CMOS.  There have been
methods created to bypass these safeguards, however, the end result
typically results in compromised security or usability issues.

   There are other times when the network administrator
may want to provide access to the setup utility to a repair
technician or user, without wanting to change the PAP on that system
and potentially other systems.

   What is needed is the ability to enter keyboard characters
remotely without an Operating System executing and continues to
provide security for local access and remote maintenance as well as
allowing secure access for remote management.

   Description of Invention:

   This invention provides the ability to enter keyboar...