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Method and System for Displaying Physical Representation of a Hardware Platform along with Status of Hardware Component through a Graphical User Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000199550D
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-09
Document File: 6 page(s) / 154K

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Abstract

A method and system for displaying physical representation of a hardware platform along with status of each hardware component within the system is disclosed. A Graphical User Interface (GUI) is provided to display the physical representation of the hardware platform.

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Method and System for Displaying Physical Representation of a Hardware Platform along with Status of Hardware Component through a Graphical User Interface

Disclosed is a method and system for displaying physical representation of a hardware platform along with the status of each hardware component within the system.

The physical representation of the hardware platform is displayed on a Graphical User Interface (GUI). The GUI interacts with a management architecture shown in fig. 1 to present the physical representation of the hardware platform.

Figure 1

The GUI accesses a management server (VTFD) process present in a server. The management server process may have a Remote Access Service (RAS) agent that communicates with a health monitor. The health monitor includes individual health modules that are responsible for monitoring a specific hardware component within the system as illustrated in fig. 1.

In an instance, the management architecture may be applied to multiple nodes in a cluster. In this instance, a node that includes the management server and the RAS agent issues XML- Remote Procedure (XML-RPC) calls to the health monitor for each server in the cluster as shown in fig. 2.

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Figure 2

The health monitor is responsible for detecting errors for specific hardware components. Now referring to fig. 3 below, upon detecting a hardware error at step 101, the GUI is notified via the RAS agent using XML-RPC that a hardware component has an error at step 103. Once the error notification is received, the GUI marks the physical location of the failed component at step 105. In addition the GUI raises a hardware faults button at step 107 as illustrated in fig. 3.

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Figure 3

A user selects a failed component on a Hardware Resources page of the GUI at step 109. Thereafter, the page is updated with the detailed error information on the right side of the screen and a 'resolve fault' button is provided in the same view at step 111.

Fig. 4 illustrates an UI showing a hardware resource representation of a failed power supply.

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Figure 4

Upon selecting the resolve fault button in fig. 4, the user is provided with a repair wizard. The repair wizard provides a graphical representation indicating the location of the failed component within the...