A personal computer or workstation running a Web browser point and click interface is used to display and send information for remotely controlling a computer such as a mainframe. In the preferred embodiment, a web site or "home-page" is constructed on a secure HTTP (hyper text transfer protocol) server which comprises a Hardware Management Console (HMC). A user logs on to the Internet World Wide Web in a conventional manner by entering the address or uniform resource locator (URL) to connect to the secure HTTP server. Upon entry of a correct password the Hardware Management Console (HMC) home-page will be displayed. Icons representing various mainframe computer components are displayed which link to additional pages which the user can click on to monitor and control the mainframe computer. The color of the icons provide a summary of the status its representative component (e.g., a green icon indicates that the representative component is functioning is normally, red indicates an abnormal condition, and blue indicates that a message is available). Further, the user can change an automatic refresh rate for the browser stored at the server for a particular user identification (userid). Any action initiated by a remote web browser is reflected on the local Hardware Management Console (HMC) drag and drop interface and vice-versa.