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A Method to Install Software Packages Directly From Multiple CDs

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000032189D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Oct-26
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Oct-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 32K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Programs running from a physical CD-ROM lock up the device and prevent the media from being swapped out. Also, installing software directly from multiple CD-ROMs on distributed systems requires the user to mount and unmount the CD-ROM device each time a CD-ROM has to be switched out.

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A Method to Install Software Packages Directly From Multiple CDs

A program is disclosed that given an installation software package on multiple CDs, can install the software product without locking up the CD-ROM device on distributed multitasking, multithreading and multiprocessor systems.

Many software installations require more than one CD-ROM to contain the installation images. Programs running from a physical CD-ROM lock up the device and prevent the media from being swapped out. This is a problem if you are installing a software product directly from the CD-ROM media and that installation includes the installation of software contained on a separate CD-ROM. If the original product's install program is still running from the CD-ROM, it prevents the user from installing the CD-ROM for the second piece of software. For example, a product which requires middleware such as WebSphere or DB2 in order to function can 'embed' the installation of these products within its own install, so that the user is able to get the product up and running more quickly. The official Websphere* or DB2* media, which the customer may already have purchased, could be used. This would involve ejecting the product CD-ROM which is running the initial install, and prompting the user to insert the official Websphere or DB2 CD-ROM, all while the initial install is still operating.

This idea provides a design for an automated install process where multiple CD-ROMs can be used, with each CD-ROM containing a piece of the software package to be installed. This allows the user to install directly from the CD-ROM media. The basic idea is that the install...