05838918 is referenced by 209 patents and cites 12 patents.

The invention relates to a method executed by a computer system to increase the ease and efficiency of the configuration management task in large, complex, distributed networks of heterogeneous computer systems. In this paradigm, referred to as management-by-subscription, a central configuration database is used to store configuration information. Individual systems (e.g., computers) express interest in receiving configuration information from the central configuration database through a process known as subscription. By subscribing to the central configuration database a system establishes a persistent relationship (also stored in the central configuration database) through which it becomes eligible for future distributions or updates of the configuration information to which it subscribes. The management-by-subscription paradigm uses object-oriented programming technology to define a class of template objects which can be used by system administrators to establish consistent and coherent configuration management policies (operating guidelines). End-point systems can subscribe to individual template objects, to logical collections of template objects known as a virtual host, or to a combination of templates and virtual hosts. Management-by-subscription, through the use of template objects, allows distributed system's administrators to: (1) divide management tasks between different individuals while maintaining system security, (2) provide a consistent means of propagating and enforcing management policies, and (3) encourage configuration consistency across different platforms.

Title
Distributing system configuration information from a manager machine to subscribed endpoint machines in a distrubuted computing environment
Application Number
169574
Publication Number
5838918
Application Date
March 31, 1995
Publication Date
November 17, 1998
Inventor
Stephen Thomas Cochran
Austin
TX, US
Carey Lee Jung
Cedar Park
TX, US
Neal R Prager
Austin
TX, US
Agent
David H Judson
Jeffrey S LaBaw
Assignee
International Business Machines Corporation
NY, US
IPC
G06F 15/177
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