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Infrared Interface for Configuration and Maintenance of Server Appliances Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015989D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Jun-11
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21

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The IR configuration process consists of a portable handheld device (palm pilot with IR attachment patentable attachment, or other IR input device) that sends input to a receiving IR port located on the front server. Conformation that the data is received by server is communicated via the voice response system (patent filed). Configuration data tasks include: Operating system setup, Network setup and device setup. Maintenance tasks include: equipment status codes and diagnostic information for service personnel. Server appliances are "headless" . They do not use the standard video, keyboard and mouse interfaces. The IR interface provides an alternative method to communicate with server for setup and maintenance. Direct cable connection to the back of the server or pre-configured software. 1