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Remotely Controlled Diagnostic Interface Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038599D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31

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Freund, TJ Hall, LE [+details]


A method is described which provides specific diagnostic information indicating the machine status of a remote workstation under local operator control. Communications networks link multiple workstations. Problem diagnosis in a network environment can involve a failure due to any of the workstations. Failures can be analyzed locally; however, the capability to determine the status of a remote workstation is generally unavailable. One can obtain the reactions to a given scenario by viewing a line monitor of the network protocol. The line monitor does not provide the specific workstation status to isolate a problem. By having both the local and remote workstation status at a single workstation, problem determination is greatly enhanced.