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US7725578: Providing status information to a device attached to an information infrastructure


Filing Information

Inventor(s) Steven Lingafelt · Gerald Marko ·
Assignee(s) International Business Machines Corporation ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Dillon & Yudell LLP ·
Primary Examiner Nathan Flynn ·
Assistant Examiner Mohammad A Siddiqi ·
Application Number US12259860
Filing date 10/28/2008
Issue date 05/25/2010
Prior Publication Data
Predicted expiration date 08/22/2023
U.S. Classifications 709/224  · 726/3  · 713/2  · 713/100  · 713/150  · 713/1  · 726/6  · 726/22  · 726/34  · 709/223  ·
International Classifications G06F1516  ·
Kind CodeB2
Related U.S. Application DataPRIORITY CLAIM
The present application is a continuation of application Ser. No. 10/647,269, now U.S. Pat. No. 7,467,201, issued Dec. 16, 2008 filed Aug. 22, 2003, the contents of which are incorporated herein by reference.
9 Claims, 7 Drawings


A method for providing status information to a device on a computer network is disclosed. Data initiated by a communication initiation device within a computer network are monitored by a device. A determination is made by a device monitoring application within the device whether or not the data includes a message signature. In response to the data includes a message signature, a status message is generated and sent to a system administrator for the computer network.

Independent Claims | See all claims (9)

  1. 1. A method for providing status information to a system administrator on a computer network, said method comprising: communicating to a monitoring application from a detection administrator a signature list and an alert message list wherein said signature list includes a first message signature having a corresponding status message from said alert message list; monitoring device data initiated from a communication initiation device within said computer network, wherein said communication initiation device includes a registration database for storing registration information for a data processing device; determining by said communication initiation device whether or not an Internet Protocol (IP) address of said data processing device is registered in said registration database; in response to said determining by said communication initiation device that said IP address of said data processing device is not registered in said registration database, sending from said communication initiation device a communication to said data processing device, wherein said communication includes said first message signature from said signature list; determining by said monitoring application within said data processing device whether or not said device data includes a second message signature, wherein said second message signature matches said first message signature; and in response to a determination that said device data includes said second message signature that matches said first message signature generating and sending said corresponding status message by said data processing device to said system administrator within said computer network.

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