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Approach to Dynamically Discover the Host Name of Any Server so that a DOS Client Can Map the Network Drives of the Server

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000124633D
Original Publication Date: 2005-May-02
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-May-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 24K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This procedure publishes an approach to dynamically discover the host name of the any server so that DOS Client can map the network drives of the server.

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Approach to Dynamically Discover the Host Name of Any Server so that a DOS Client Can Map the Network Drives of the Server

As a part of the manufacturing process, we boot DOS on the manufacturing system under test (hereafter called SUT) over the network. A typical manufacturing environment can have many different non-routed servers with different computer names. The manufacturing server may be a Windows 2000 or a LINUX server or any other. The SUT has to connect to the manufacturing server for the test environment defined by test sequence, test resources and the test data. To get the access to test environment we can either download the test environment on SUT or map the SUT drive to the test directory shares on the manufacturing server using Microsoft Network Client.

    However to net use the server directory share, the system under test must know the computer name of the server. The problem was how to resolve the server computer name across all the different types of manufacturing servers, having different types of OS in a uniform manner.

    For instance, one can query a Windows 2000 manufacturing server for the server name from the client machine using NETBIOS over TCP/IP or NETBEUI, the same approach cannot be used for Manufacturing Server with LINUX (or any other UNIX variant) using Samba Shares and NETBIOS over TCP/IP. Another approach is to download a host file containing the computer name using FTP or any other network protocol. This will not work well if the s...