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A networking system and automatic method in a networking system comprising at least one switching device and a plurality of at least one end-station interconnected with the at least one switching device, wherein the at least one switching device and at least one end-station are interconnected in a topology. A configuration device is included which has a configuration modification detection circuit for detecting the modification of the topology. A configuration policy maintenance circuit is provided for storing policies related to reconfiguring the at least one switching device upon the modification of the topology. A policy evaluation circuit is provided for determining which at least one end-station and ports should be grouped together upon the detection of the modification of the topology in a first manner. A reconfiguration circuit is provided for reconfiguring the at least one switching device in the first network to enable at least one end-station and ports to be grouped together in the first manner. Virtual local area networks may be created/extended/deleted during the reconfiguration to provide networking services to the at least one end-station.

Title
Method and apparatus for automatically configuring a network device to support a virtual network
Application Number
280275
Publication Number
5751967
Application Date
July 15, 1996
Publication Date
May 12, 1998
Inventor
Lynne Marie Izbicki
Cupertino
CA, US
Ofer Doitel
Saratoga
CA, US
Ravi Manghirmalani
Fremont
CA, US
Ilan Raab
Sunnyvale
CA, US
Agent
Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman
Assignee
Bay Networks Group
CA, US
IPC
G06F 15/173
G06F 15/177
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