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Ability to Automatically Update Custom Image on Hidden Partition

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015361D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Nov-02
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 1 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Current IBM systems ship a customer's custom image in a hidden partition on the hard drive. This image is considered clean. This can be used at any time to restore the system to the original image. This is useful when a the image gets corrupted and needs to be replaced and/or the system is moved to a new user and it is desirable

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Ability to Automatically Update Custom Image on Hidden Partition

Current IBM systems ship a customer's custom image in a hidden partition on the hard drive. This image

is

considered clean. This can be used at any time to restore the system to the original image. This is useful when

a the image gets corrupted and needs to be replaced and/or the system is moved to a new user and it is desirable

to start with a clean image. However clean images change over time as the customer changes their applications.

This disclosure provides a method to automatically update the clean image which may be two (2) plus years old

to the latest clean image for that system.

At manufacturing time IBM installs the customer's clean image on a hidden partition on the hard drive. IBM also has a utility where at any time the clean image can be installed from the hidden partition to the active partition by overwriting whatever is on the active partition. Customers use this when the hardfile gets corrupted and/or when a system is set to a new user. The problem with the current implementation is the clean image is not necessary the latest level of clean image as it is at the what level was current when the box was built by IBM. As an example a customer may be on Office 97 when the system was first built. Twelve (12) months later, the customer moves to Office 2000 and updates their clean image to include Office 2000 instead of Office 97. Two (2) months later, the customer wants to replace the im...