Published in Ramakrishna, S., & Rahimi, S. (2003). ABSA: an agent-based tool for system administration. Proceedings, IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics, 2003. INDIN 2003, 312-319. doi: 10.1109/INDIN.2003.1300288 ©2003 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE. This material is presented to ensure timely dissemination of scholarly and technical work. Copyright and all rights therein are retained by authors or by other copyright holders. All persons copying this information are expected to adhere to the terms and constraints invoked by each author's copyright. In most cases, these works may not be reposted without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.


Studies indicate that because of the difficulty and complexity, the cost of administering systems is ten times the cost of the actual hardware. ABSA is an agent-based solution to automated system administration. ABSA architecture is introduced to minimize the cost of administering computers in multi-platform networks and to provide a simple, consistent, expandable, and integrated system administration tool.