Apparatus and method of monitoring the status of a local area network
Method and apparatus for managing and facilitating communications in a distributed hetergeneous network
User-modifiable popup menus for object oriented behavior
Network management agent with user created objects providing additional functionality
System and method for dynamically controlling remote processes from a performance monitor Patent #: 5432932
ApplicationNo. 279494 filed on 07/22/1994
US Classes:707/104.1, Application of database or data structure (e.g., distributed, multimedia, image)370/401, Bridge or gateway between networks718/102, Process scheduling718/103Priority scheduling
ExaminersPrimary: Black, Thomas G.
Assistant: Lewis, Michael
Attorney, Agent or Firm
International ClassG06F 017/30
AbstractAn apparatus for acquiring a plurality of values from an agent on a network is provided. The apparatus may be accessed through a predefined interface by various network management station applications. Because the apparatus is independent from the network management applications, the functionality provided by the apparatus need not be duplicated in each network management station application. The apparatus generally includes an agent identification unit, a display mechanism, a database access unit, a storage device and an information retrieval unit. The storage device stores a database containing data representing agents, management information bases, objects and attribute groups. When a network management station application requires values from an agent, the network management station application sends the apparatus a signal identifying the agent and specifying an information category, such as performance, status, or diagnostic. The agent identification unit identifies the type of the agent. The database access unit accesses the database to determine a plurality of objects which correspond to the specified information category according to the type of the agent. The information retrieval unit sends an information request to the agent based on the plurality of objects determined by the database access unit, and receives a response containing the plurality of values from the agent. The plurality of values are sent to the display unit, which displays the values visually in a pop-up window.