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System and Method for Performing Systems Management via Instant Messaging Clients

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000130145D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Oct-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-13
Document File: 2 page(s) / 30K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Current systems management adapters allow a user multiple access methods for managing their server. For example, a user can log into a web interface on their systems management adapter, use a telnet application, etc. These mechanisms are all in place in an attempt to make managing a server easy and accessible without the need for specialized software. Currently, however, these mechanisms fall short in that you cannot use them to see the status of a farm of servers. Disclosed herein is an access mode that could be provided to the user which would allow them to use widely available software for managing their entire server infrastructure while also enabling an admin to monitor status at a glance.

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System and Method for Performing Systems Management via Instant Messaging Clients

     The systems management adapter could be enabled to log-on to an instant messaging service and listen for instant messages (commands) from a list of authorized users ("buddies"). In this way, users would authenticate themselves as a user via the IM service, then could freely send queries to a list of systems management adapters that they maintain within their buddy list.

     Commands/Messages sent to the systems management adapter via this method could have the same syntax as the command line interface or could be unique to the IM access mode.

     The status of users, in the context of users that are actually systems management devices, can instead be used to indicate critical status conditions. One embodiment of this invention is as follows:

    In the above figure, there is a "Systems Management" group. This enables users to view all servers, and the status thereof, quickly and conveniently. In the above figure, there are four servers. The FTP and Web servers are green, indicating that they are operating and are ready to be managed. The e-mail server, however, has indicated an "Away" status. In the preferred embodiment, a status of away would indicate a problem with the system since the system is hardly capable of getting up and strolling away from the server farm. The adapter would enter this state due to some problem, such as a critical over-temp, for example. The systems management adapter...