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Multi-System Locally-Activated Domain Scope Indication System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000198605D
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-10
Document File: 2 page(s) / 24K

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Abstract

A multi-system locally-activated domain scope indication system for a managed group of systems is disclosed. The system includes a locally accessible button to activate existing LED indicators on components of the managed group of systems. These LEDs synchronously indicate the scope of systems that belong to the managed group of systems thereby enabling a user to easily identify systems that are part of the managed group.

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Multi-System Locally-Activated Domain Scope Indication System

A multi-system locally-activated domain scope indication system for a managed group of systems is disclosed.

Typically, customers install large sets of systems in their existing racks according to available space, power and cooling requirements, or to meet other unique requirements. Thus, there is often not a clear physical indication of where one set of systems that are part of the same managed solution might begin and end, since these solutions span multiple racks and may be on different aisles. Users can stick on labels and signs, but such "hard coded" signs might not remain as systems and chassis get periodically added and taken away from large solutions. Further, the differences between two different text labels are also typically not very salient. LEDs are normally present on components of the system to indicate power, information, location, and faults of these components. These LEDs may additionally be programmed to identify which components in an installation is part of the same managed group and provide additional information about fault conditions within the managed group. However, these methods do not provide a quick and efficient method for a user to identify which systems are part of a managed group.

The system disclosed herein includes a locally accessible button to activate existing LED indicators on components of the managed group of systems. These LEDs synchronously indicate the scope of the systems that belong to a managed group of systems thereby enabling a user to easily identify systems that are part of the managed group. Thus, for example, if a user pushes a button on a management blade system in a 16-chassis solution, each chassis, or perhaps all elements within all the chassis enclosures, may temporarily light up.

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