05872928 is referenced by 336 patents and cites 7 patents.

Apparatus and method for monitoring parameters that govern the operational characteristics of a network device, including the use of templates for generating configuration records of network devices of a selected model type. A database of models is provided, each model representing an associated network device and including attribute values for the parameters of the associated network device. Templates are used to screen a model in order to retrieve values for each of the attributes and create a configuration record. The configuration records may be stored in the configuration manager or other storage device, and/or transferred to the pre-existing model database for use by a network management system in reconfiguring the associated network devices. Additionally, a method and apparatus is provided that defines network groups, defines network policies for groups, determines conflicts, and resolves conflicts among groups and devices. This system for configuration management is less time consuming, expensive, and error prone than prior systems.

Title
Method and apparatus for defining and enforcing policies for configuration management in communications networks
Application Number
394143
Publication Number
5872928
Application Date
May 25, 1995
Publication Date
February 16, 1999
Inventor
Prasan Kaikini
Cambridge
MA, US
Eric Rustici
Londonderry
NH, US
Walter Scott
Salem
NH, US
Suzanne Thebaut
Amesbury
MA, US
Steve Sycamore
Nashua
NH, US
Rajiv Malik
Nashua
NH, US
Lundy Lewis
Mason
NH, US
Agent
Wolf Greenfield & Sacks P C
Assignee
Cabletron Systems
NH, US
IPC
G06F 15/177
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