Patent Number: 6,311,205

Title: Persistent user groups on servers managed by central servers

Abstract: A method for managing user group information in a distributed system comprising a heterogeneous server network. The method enables the establishment of a specified set of user groups on a managed server that are not controlled by a central server. A mechanism is provided to identify the user groups on the managed server, store the groups in a persistent location, and access the user groups during synchronization processing. Synchronization of the persistent user groups at the managed server is done only upon consultation with the persistent account store. The result is a set of user groups on the managed server that can be used to maintain special access and privileges to the persistent user group at the managed server.

Inventors: Dutcher; David Paul (Austin, TX), Sinclair, Jr.; William H. (Round Rock, TX), Smith; Stanley Alan (Austin, TX)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G06F 9/00 (20060101); G06F 009/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018