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Provide Diskette Updates While Running A Bootable CD

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013623D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a method that allows World Wide Web distribution of Boot CD code updates. Boot CD images are typically very large and require a lot of time to download from the World Wide Web. A CD-ROM burner is also required to create a CD from the image. An alternate method of distributing update patches is to use a diskette image in conjunction with the existing CD to provide the update. This method was used on the ServeRAID Adapter product. ServeRAID is a RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Drives) controller developed by IBM for use in Netfinity Servers. ServeRAID will group a set of SCSI drives together and present the group of drives as 1 drive to the user. To group the drives together, the ServeRAID controller must be configured. ServeRAID does this configuration by using a bootable CD that contains a configuration program developed by IBM and a portion of the Windows 95 Operating System that provides the environment for the configuration program to run. The customer is required to use this bootable CD before storing any data on the drives attached to the ServeRAID controller. Since the configuration program is delivered on a bootable CD, if a bug fix is needed or a new configuration feature needs to be delivered to the customer, a new CD would be required. We solved this problem by allowing the customer to use an update diskette in conjunction with the CD. To use the update diskette, the customer is instructed to do the following: Boot the configuration CD.

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Provide Diskette Updates While Running A Bootable CD

Disclosed is a method that allows World Wide Web distribution of Boot CD code updates. Boot CD images are typically very large and require a lot of time to download from the World Wide Web. A CD-ROM burner is also required to create a CD from the image. An alternate method of distributing update patches is to use a diskette image in conjunction with the existing CD to provide the update.

This method was used on the ServeRAID Adapter product. ServeRAID is a RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Drives) controller developed by IBM for use in Netfinity Servers. ServeRAID will group a set of SCSI drives together and present the group of drives as 1 drive to the user. To group the drives together, the ServeRAID controller must be configured. ServeRAID does this configuration by using a bootable CD that contains a configuration program developed by IBM and a portion of the Windows 95 Operating System that provides the environment for the configuration program to run. The customer is required to use this bootable CD before storing any data on the drives attached to the ServeRAID controller.

Since the configuration program is delivered on a bootable CD, if a bug fix is needed or a new configuration feature needs to be delivered to the customer, a new CD would be required. We solved this problem by allowing the customer to use an update diskette in conjunction with the CD. To use the update diskette, the customer is inst...