Apparatus and method of configuring a network device

  • US 6,684,241 B1
  • Filed: 09/29/1999
  • Issued: 01/27/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/29/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method of configuring an unconfigured first network device that is a part of a subnet, the subnet having a second network device, the method comprising:

  • retrieving packets having configuration data at the unconfigured first network device, the retrieved packets being transmitted by the second network device;

    parsing the retrieved packets to ascertain the configuration data;

    storing at least a portion of the configuration data parsed from the retrieved packets in a configuration database associated with the unconfigured first network device;

    utilizing at least one datum of the configuration data to produce additional configuration data; and

    storing the additional configuration data in the configuration database, the first network device operating in accord with the data in the configuration database.

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