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Autonomic Method to unlock a hardfile password for remote maintenance Disclosure Number: IPCOM000018725D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Aug-04
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Aug-04

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Maintenance applications use WOL as a means to gain remote access to a client machine. Maintenance applications send a WOL packet to a client machine, which powers on and goes through an alternate boot sequence. The system could boot across the network to a maintenance server to execute maintenance utilities , perform device driver updates, or execute commands such as remote backup and antivirus software . The WOL/remote boot technology was designed for desktop systems, which are stationary and the network system remains constantly powered from auxiliary power supplies. Migration of this technology to portable laptop systems creates significant challenges. One of major challenges is managing a hardfile with a password. If a hardfile is locked, it cannot be managed correctly since the software has no access to the hardfile. This article addresses this problem.