Network management system having historical virtual catalog snapshots for overview of historical changes to files distributively stored across network domain

  • US 5,678,042 A
  • Filed: 01/24/1996
  • Issued: 10/14/1997
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/15/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A machine-implemented, network management method for managing a network of file servers where each file server has a data storage device for storing a plurality of data files and the respective data storage device of each file server contains a local catalog for describing each file currently stored in the respective data storage device at least by name and size, said method comprising the steps of:

  • (a) collecting snapshots over time of the respective local catalogs of plural file servers of the network and storing said collected snapshots in a database memory so as to thereby create a historical database of collected snapshot information; and

    (b) automatically tracking changes across the historical database of snapshot information with respect to time.

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