Network configuration & test tool
Original Publication Date: 2000-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
Network configuration test tool A program is disclosed that manages network topology configuration's from a graphical user interface with automated updating using drag and drop icon theory and prebuilt templates. Templates : Different templates are used for the various internal operations of the program. The needed templates are Machine Template, Machine Network Information Template, Network Information Template, Topology Template. These templates control user input while creating error free machine configuration files. Machine Template : Templates are constructed for the different machines to be managed. A generic template is to be supplied with the program and is offered upon each machine addition action. A machine may be a computer, router, hub, switch or other equipment that is used in the assembly of the network. This template contains physical location, manufacturer, make model and serial numbers, operating system installed, service levels, processor and memory configuration, login ID and password, and a unique machine identifier that is automatically generated for each template created. Non modifiable machines are identified in the template and are included for use only in the graphic representation screen. The machine template aids the user in setting up the network and also stores information about the machines to help identify inventory and aid in support of the network.