Web-based management engine and system

  • US 7,895,305 B2
  • Filed: 11/06/2001
  • Issued: 02/22/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/07/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A Web-based management engine for a network entity, comprising:

  • an intelligent agent that obtains information about at least one operational parameter of the network entity and/or modifies the behavior of the network entity, the intelligent agent interacting with the network entity in accordance with a predetermined data structure;

    a data store storing data relating to a procedure for managing the at least one operational parameter of the network entity;

    a Web server that provides an interactive environment to manage the at least one operational parameter of the network entity, andan interface that communicates values of the at least one operational parameter between the Web server and the intelligent agent in accordance with the predetermined data structure,wherein the Web server provides the interactive environment using the Web pages generated by a Web page generator, the Web page generator that generates a set of linked Web pages in response to a request to carry out a procedure, wherein each Web page of the set of linked Web pages being based upon the data stored in the data store and corresponding to at least one step in the procedure to manage the at least one operational parameter of the network entity,wherein the interface uses the stored data relating to a procedure for managing the at least one operational parameter of the network entity to generate a determination result indicating whether information retrieved using a form provided on the set of linked Web pages conforms to a rule relating to the procedure to manage the at least one operational parameter of the network entity, and wherein the interface communicates values to the intelligent agent based on the information retrieved from the form in response to the determination result indicating conformance.

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