Method and system for locating network services with distributed network address translation

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PATENT NO 6055236
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09271025

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Methods and system for locating network services with distributed network address translation. Digital certificates are created that allow an external network device on an external network, such as the Internet, to request a service from an internal network device on an internal distributed network address translation network, such as a stub local area network. The digital certificates include information obtained with a Port Allocation Protocol used for distributed network address translation. The digital certificates are published on the internal network so they are accessible to external network devices. An external network device retrieves a digital certificate, extracts appropriate information, and sends a service request packet to an internal network device on an internal distributed network address translation network. The external network device is able to locate and request a service from an internal network device. An external network device can also request a security service, such as an Internet Protocol security ('IPsec') service from an internal network device. The external network device and the internal network device can establish a security service (e.g., Internet Key Exchange protocol service). The internal network device and external network device can then establish a Security Association using Security Parameter Indexes ('SPI') obtained using a distributed network address translation protocol. External network devices can request services, and security services on internal network devices on an internal distribute network address translation network that were previously unknown and unavailable to the external network devices.

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HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT LPHOUSTON, TX9302

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Borella, Michael S Naperville, IL 64 4674
Grabelsky, David Skokie, IL 29 2419
Nessett, Danny M Fremont, CA 25 2406
Sidhu, Ikhlaq S Vernon Hills, IL 43 4295

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