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Method and System to Establish and Determine Primacy between Redundant Hardware Managers.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000201024D
Publication Date: 2010-Nov-04
Document File: 3 page(s) / 33K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system for determining a primary manager in a redundant systems management environment.

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Method and System to Establish and Determine Primacy between Redundant Hardware Managers .

When two or more redundant, operating hardware managers such as the IBM*Hardware Management Console are attached to multiple servers, there is not an internal mechanism between the hardware managers to determine which controlling system is the primary system or secondary controlling system. This creates an issue for a user who would like to perform a remote method such as launching the hardware manager interface from another system

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manager, like IBM Systems Director, because the systems manager cannot tell which management controller it should access.

As a result, the systems manager has to guess in order to select the correct management controller.

However, this guess may not yield the correct result because the systems manager may choose incorrectly.

Systems Manager

Hardware Manager A

Hardware Manager B

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Virtual Server

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Host 2

Virtual Server

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Host 3

Virtual Server

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Host 4

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The core of this invention relates to a method in which a function collects users' dynamic interactions with the hardware managers. The data is then used to trend the users' preferences over time in order to give systems management applications--like IBM Systems Director--the ability to dynamically establish and determine the primary hardware manager most preferable to the user. This invention is novel because system administrators can use systems manager in order to launch remote hardware manager processes and interfaces based on the inherent, autonomous preferences and actions of the end user. It is also novel because there are currently no disclosed methods in which to track, manage, and trend user preferences in a redundant hardware environment.

Assuming the hardware manager and a systems manager have a console and/or command-line interface available to

the user, and both managers are attached in a hierarchical fashion:

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Systems Manager

Hardware Manager A Hardware Manager B

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Listener

CIM Server

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Virtual Server

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When a user accesses any hardware managers, each hardware manager will store the actions of the user for later statistical analysis. The method and system is broken into two steps:

Statistical Data-Gathering Process:
1. From either hardware manager, the user selects a host or virtual server that he or she wants to control.
2. User selects action (task) to perform relating to the host or virtual server.

Additionally, the user may invoke t...