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Method for network-aware process management

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014386D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19

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Charles Rankin Don Randall


A method is disclosed which provides for robust process management in a network environment. In a network environment, particularly in a test lab (where this disclosure has had the most use), the ability to manage processes (start, stop, and query) on a remote system is important. This problem has been approached by other applications such as rexec and various system management packages. However, these have all fallen short in the following areas addressed by this disclosure. 1) In a test environment, it is often necessary to manipulate a set of processes in a group. The method disclosed allows for a process to be started as part of a named workload. This allows all the process that are started as part of the workload to be stopped or queried as a single unit, without needing to stop or query each individual process in the group separately. 2) When using Graphical User Interface (GUI) automation tools it is frequently necessary to have an application window with a fixed title, which allows the tool to identify the window. The method disclosed allows the window title of the process to be specified when the application is started.