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SINGLE POINT OF CONFIGURATION CONSOLE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000234992D
Publication Date: 2014-Feb-21
Document File: 7 page(s) / 157K

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The IP.com Prior Art Database

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Pratik Anand: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A single point of configuration console is provided that is useful in network management software, as well as other uses. This console combines the best features of a graphical user interface and a command line interface.

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SINGLE POINT OF CONFIGURATION CONSOLE

AUTHORS:

   Pratik Anand Debabrata Subudhiray

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

ABSTRACT

    A single point of configuration console is provided that is useful in network management software, as well as other uses. This console combines the best features of a graphical user interface and a command line interface.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

    Presented herein are techniques to solve the navigational as well as the configuration problem associated with a graphical user interface (GUI) in network management software (NMS). This solution combines the best features of a GUI and a command line interface. These techniques are also generic enough to be used in non- NMS software.

    As NMS grows in size and features, the UI becomes cluttered. The features may be put in various tabs where a user can switch to and view/change configurations for a particular device. This is time-consuming and non-intuitive. Also, users familiar with a command line interface find the GUI difficult to change tabs and cumbersome to click at multiple places to accomplish certain tasks. There are shortcut keys and multi-paned UIs but they complicate the problem more than addressing it. NMS adaptability is low among network administrators for this reason.

    A single point of configuration console (termed "SPOCK) addresses this problem. SPOCK is an amalgamation of a GUI and a command line interface, retaining the good qualities of both and avoiding their shortcomings. SPOCK allows GUI users to obtain a graphical response of an operation. For command line experts, SPOCK provides a similar approach to do things in the GUI without switching tabs/panes/windows in a typical NMS, thereby increasing productivity. Copyright 2014 Cisco Systems, Inc.

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     SPOCK consists of a multi-purpose search configuration box like the one shown below in FIG. 1.

FIG. 1

The following is an example in which NMS software manages network switches.

INFORMATION PORTION:

    1) A user can search for devices/IP/interfaces/features on the switch. As a user types in the configuration bar, it shows the result much like Omnibox of Google Chrome or Live search of Windows taskbar. See FIG. 2 below.

FIG. 2

    In the same way, a user can search for features and similar suggestions will be provided. This applies to interfaces and practically any entity of the switch or NMS- based feature.

    2) There is no need to switch tabs and perform multiple clicks to see a status of an entity. In the given example, if one wants to know the status of Interface Ethernet 1/5 on Nexus 7000, there is no need to switch windows, select tabs, select devices, then

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select interfaces to see the status. Instead, this can be easily done without...