In one embodiment a computer system, comprises a processor, a basic input/output system (BIOS) including logic instructions which, when executed by the processor, configure the processor to present, in a user interface, one or more devices coupled to a computer system and one or more management alert formats applicable to one or more devices, receive a selection signal from the user interface identifying one of the management alert formats presented in the user interface, and configure one or more devices coupled to the computing system with the identified management alert format.
This application relates to electronic computing, and more particularly to a computing system that implements user selectable management alert format.BACKGROUND
Computing system components may be operable in accord with multiple, different management alert protocols. For example, network interface cards (NICs) or other computing components may be operable in accord with the alert standard format (ASF) protocol or with the active management technology (AMT) protocol. In many instances, the devices may use common hardware, and the device is configured to operate in accord with a specific management alert protocol though software or firmware installed onto the device.SUMMARY
In one embodiment a computer system, comprises a processor, a basic input/output system (BIOS) including logic instructions which, when executed by the processor, configure the processor to present, in a user interface, one or more devices coupled to a computer system and one or more management alert formats applicable to one or more devices, receive a selection signal from the user interface identifying one of the management alert formats presented in the user interface, and configure one or more devices coupled to the computing system with the identified management alert format.BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
Described herein are exemplary system and methods for implementing a user-selectable management alert format in a computing system. The methods described herein may be embodied as logic instructions on a computer-readable medium. When executed on a processor, the logic instructions cause a general purpose computing device to be programmed as a special-purpose machine that implements the described methods. The processor, when configured by the logic instructions to execute the methods recited herein, constitutes structure for performing the described methods.
The computing system 100 includes a computer 108 and one or more accompanying input/output devices 106 including a display 102 having a screen 104, a keyboard 110, other I/O device(s) 112, and a mouse 114. The other device(s) 112 can include a touch screen, a voice-activated input device, a track ball, and any other device that allows the system 100 to receive input from a developer and/or a user. The computer 108 includes system hardware 120 including a processing unit 126 and random access memory and/or read-only memory 130. A file store 180 is communicatively connected to computer 108. File store 180 may be internal such as, e.g., one or more hard drives, or external such as, e.g., one or more external hard drives, network attached storage, or a separate storage network.
Memory 130 includes an operating system 140 for managing operations of computer 108. In one embodiment, operating system 140 includes a hardware interface module 154 that provides an interface to system hardware 120. In addition, operating system 140 includes a kernel 144, one or more file systems 146 that manage files used in the operation of computer 108 and a process control subsystem 148 that manages processes executing on computer 108. Operating system 140 further includes one or more device drivers 150 and a system call interface module 142 that provides an interface between the operating system 140 and one or more application modules 168 and/or libraries 164. The various device drivers 150 interface with and generally control the hardware installed in the computing system 100.
In operation, one or more application modules and/or libraries executing on computer 108 make calls to the system call interface module 142 to execute one or more commands on the computer's processor. The system call interface module 142 invokes the services of the file systems 146 to manage the files required by the command(s) and the process control subsystem 148 to manage the process required by the command(s). The file system(s) 146 and the process control subsystem 148, in turn, invoke the services of the hardware interface module 154 to interface with the system hardware 120. The operating system kernel 144 can be generally considered as one or more software modules that are responsible for performing many operating system functions.
The particular embodiment of operating system 140 is not critical to the subject matter described herein. Operating system 140 may be embodied as a UNIX operating system or any derivative thereof (e.g., Linux, Solaris, etc.) or as a Windows® brand operating system.
In one embodiment, computing system 100 includes a non-volatile memory module 160, which may be embodied as a flash random operational memory (ROM). The non-volatile memory module 160 may include a Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) code 162. The BIOS is code that provides an interface between the operating system and the specific hardware configuration, allowing the same operating system to be used with different hardware configurations. Computing system 100 further includes a basic input/output system (BIOS) 162. In one embodiment, BIOS 162 may comprise a power-on self-test (POST) module for performing system initialization and tests. In operation, when activation of computing system 100 begins processing unit 126 accesses non-volatile memory 160 and shadows the instructions of BIOS 162, such as power-on self-test module, into operating memory (130). Processor 126 then executes power-on self-test operations to implement POST processing.
Non-volatile memory module 160 may further include multiple firmware images for devices coupled to computing system 100. In the embodiment depicted in
At operation 220 a management format selection signal is received. In one embodiment a user of computer system 100 may select a management alert format presented on the monitor 104, e.g., by clicking on preselected position on the screen with a pointing device such as a mouse. Alternatively, a management alert format may be selected using a keyboard, touch screen, or other input device.
At operation 225 the management alert format firmware identified by the selection signal is loaded from the non-volatile memory module 160, and at operation 230 the device is configured using the selected management alert format. In one embodiment, BIOS 162 retrieves the management alert format firmware from the non-volatile memory module and mirrors the selected firmware into a memory module on a NIC. The NIC is then activated and configured with the selected management alert firmware.
At operation 235 POST processing is completed, and at operation 240, any remaining BIOS processing operations are completed. Operating control of the computing system 100 may then be assumed by the operating system 140.
In an alternate embodiment, computing system 100 may include logic instructions that permit selection of a management alert format while the computing system is in an operating mode, rather than during BIOS POST processing. For example, one or more management alert formats may be presented in a user interface such as, e.g., a script or a control panel. A user may select a management alert format, and the device may be configured with the management alert format firmware. In one embodiment, the device may be configured while the computer is operating. In an alternate embodiment, the interface may communicate the user selections to the BIOS, which may configure the device during POST processing on a subsequent start-up process.
Generally, various different general purpose or special purpose computing system configurations can be used. Examples of well known computing systems, environments, and/or configurations that may be suitable for use with the invention include, but are not limited to, personal computers, server computers, hand-held or laptop devices, multiprocessor systems, microprocessor-based systems, set top boxes, programmable consumer electronics, network PCs, minicomputers, mainframe computers, distributed computing environments that include any of the above systems or devices, and the like.
The functionality of the computers is embodied in many cases by computer-executable instructions, such as program modules, that are executed by the computers. Generally, program modules include routines, programs, objects, components, data structures, etc. that perform particular tasks or implement particular abstract data types. Tasks might also be performed by remote processing devices that are linked through a communications network. In a distributed computing environment, program modules may be located in both local and remote computer storage media.
The instructions and/or program modules are stored at different times in the various computer-readable media that are either part of the computer or that can be read by the computer. Programs are typically distributed, for example, on floppy disks, CD-ROMs, DVD, or some form of communication media such as a modulated signal. From there, they are installed or loaded into the secondary memory of a computer. At execution, they are loaded at least partially into the computer's primary electronic memory. The invention described herein includes these and other various types of computer-readable media when such media contain instructions, programs, and/or modules for implementing the steps described below in conjunction with a microprocessor or other data processors. The invention also includes the computer itself when programmed according to the methods and techniques described below.
For purposes of illustration, programs and other executable program components such as the operating system are illustrated herein as discrete blocks, although it is recognized that such programs and components reside at various times in different storage components of the computer, and are executed by the data processor(s) of the computer.
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Computer 300 typically includes a variety of computer-readable media. Computer-readable media can be any available media that can be accessed by computer 300 and includes both volatile and nonvolatile media, removable and non-removable media. By way of example, and not limitation, computer-readable media may comprise computer storage media and communication media. “Computer storage media” includes volatile and nonvolatile, removable and non-removable media implemented in any method or technology for storage of information such as computer-readable instructions, data structures, program modules, or other data. Computer storage media includes, but is not limited to, RAM, ROM, EEPROM, flash memory or other memory technology, CD-ROM, digital versatile disks (DVD) or other optical disk storage, magnetic cassettes, magnetic tape, magnetic disk storage or other magnetic storage devices, or any other medium which can be used to store the desired information and which can be accessed by computer 300. Communication media typically embodies computer-readable instructions, data structures, program modules or other data in a modulated data signal such as a carrier wave or other transport mechanism and includes any information delivery media. The term “modulated data signal” means a signal that has one or more of its characteristics set or changed in such a manner as to encode information in the signal. By way of example, and not limitation, communication media includes wired media such as a wired network, fiber optic networks, or direct-wired connection and wireless media such as acoustic, RF, infrared and other wireless media. Combinations of any of the above should also be included within the scope of computer readable media.
The system memory 306 includes computer storage media in the form of volatile and/or nonvolatile memory such as read only memory (ROM) 310 and random access memory (RAM) 312. A basic input/output system 314 (BIOS), containing the basic routines that help to transfer information between elements within computer 300, such as during start-up, is typically stored in ROM 310. RAM 312 typically contains data and/or program modules that are immediately accessible to and/or presently being operated on by processing unit 304. By way of example, and not limitation,
The computer 300 may also include other removable/non-removable, volatile/nonvolatile computer storage media. By way of example only, the computer system of
The drives and their associated computer storage media discussed above and illustrated in
The computer may operate in a networked environment using logical connections to one or more remote computers, such as a remote computing device 350. The remote computing device 350 may be a personal computer, a server, a router, a network PC, a peer device or other common network node, and typically includes many or all of the elements described above relative to computer 300. The logical connections depicted in
When used in a LAN networking environment, the computer 300 is connected to the LAN 352 through a network interface or adapter 356. When used in a WAN networking environment, the computer 300 typically includes a modem 358 or other means for establishing communications over the Internet 354. The modem 358, which may be internal or external, may be connected to the system bus 306 via the I/O interface 342, or other appropriate mechanism. In a networked environment, program modules depicted relative to the computer 300, or portions thereof, may be stored in the remote computing device 350. By way of example, and not limitation,
Moreover, some embodiments may be provided as computer program products, which may include a machine-readable or computer-readable medium having stored thereon instructions used to program a computer (or other electronic devices) to perform a process discussed herein. The machine-readable medium may include, but is not limited to, floppy diskettes, hard disk, optical disks, CD-ROMs, and magneto-optical disks, ROMs, RAMs, erasable programmable ROMs (EPROMs), electrically EPROMs (EEPROMs), magnetic or optical cards, flash memory, or other suitable types of media or computer-readable media suitable for storing electronic instructions and/or data. Moreover, data discussed herein may be stored in a single database, multiple databases, or otherwise in select forms (such as in a table).
Additionally, some embodiments discussed herein may be downloaded as a computer program product, wherein the program may be transferred from a remote computer (e.g., a server) to a requesting computer (e.g., a client) by way of data signals embodied in a carrier wave or other propagation medium via a communication link (e.g., a modem or network connection). Accordingly, herein, a carrier wave shall be regarded as comprising a machine-readable medium.
Reference in the specification to “one embodiment” or “an embodiment” means that a particular feature, structure, or characteristic described in connection with the embodiment is included in at least an implementation. The appearances of the phrase “in one embodiment” in various places in the specification are not necessarily all referring to the same embodiment.