(12) United States Patent ao) Patent No.: Us 7,099,941 Bi
Massengill (45) Date of Patent: Aug. 29,2006
(54) OBTAINING AND DISPLAYING LOGICAL PORT INFORMATION
(75) Inventor: David E. Massengill, Atlanta, GA (US)
(73) Assignee: BellSouth Intellectual Property
Corporation, Wilmington, DE (US)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 635 days.
(21) Appl. No.: 09/952,435
(22) Filed: Sep. 14, 2001
(51) Int. CI.
(52) U.S. CI 709/224; 379/142.01; 379/93.23;
(58) Field of Classification Search 709/224,
709/223,219; 370/351-360,255; 379/93.23,
See application file for complete search history.
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Information about a logical port in a network is provided in response to identifying the logical port through an identification entry field in a terminal display and subsequent to sending a single query to a network management server. The logical port information may include operational information such as the statistics of the logical port's operation, a listing of virtual connections, such as but not limited to permanent virtual circuits, established through the logical port, statistics of the virtual connections' operation, and trap search results. The logical port information may include the identity and contact information for a user who has locked the logical port of interest. The information is provided from the network management server to the terminal through a communication link, such as a local area network. The identification of the logical port may include a logical port name, as well as a local access and transport area (LATA) selection.
19 Claims, 6 Drawing Sheets