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System Upgrade Utility (Customer Configuration)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000034629D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
Document File: 4 page(s) / 78K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Harney, CL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A System Upgrade Utility (SUU) program executes on a computing system using current configuration data present on the system to help a customer order system hardware enhancements and manage hardware inventory of a complex, variable, extendable computing system. The SUU provides user interfaces to select enhancements to be ordered or installed and to enter configuration data about installed or removed machines. It provides options to generate a list of machines and features to be ordered, generate installation and removal instructions, and generate a configuration list and line drawings of current hardware inventory. The SUU, executing on a central site system using config uration data from departmental systems, can generate equipment lists and upgrade instructions and maintain hardware inventory for those systems.

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System Upgrade Utility (Customer Configuration)

A System Upgrade Utility (SUU) program executes on a computing system using current configuration data present on the system to help a customer order system hardware enhancements and manage hardware inventory of a complex, variable, extendable computing system. The SUU provides user interfaces to select enhancements to be ordered or installed and to enter configuration data about installed or removed machines. It provides options to generate a list of machines and features to be ordered, generate installation and removal instructions, and generate a configuration list and line drawings of current hardware inventory. The SUU, executing on a central site system using config uration data from departmental systems, can generate equipment lists and upgrade instructions and maintain hardware inventory for those systems. The overall function of SUU is shown in the figure. The SUU has 4 major code components and a knowledge base component. Three of the procedural code components:
1) Order Assistance, 2) Installation and Removal Assistance, and 3) Inventory Maintenance Assistance, provide interactive screens to dialogue with a user. These components call a knowledge base component, Hardware Placement and Connection Services, as a subroutine to configure or reconfigure the system. They also call the procedural code Formatter component to display or print diagrams and reports. The SUU deals with machines and machine features as specified by machine types and models, feature codes, and specify codes in the IBM Machines Sales Manual. The product data, to support the screen dialogue, diagrams, and reports, is provided in files containing product lists, line drawing modules, text modules, and report templates. The current configuration of the system is maintained in a system topology file. Order Assistance (OA) is the component of SUU that helps the user select hardware for a system upgrade, determines the prerequisite hardware to support the selected hardware, and generates a hardware list to be used to place an order with a supplier. OA screens guide the user through product lists of DASD, tape drives, diskette drives, memory enhancements, workstation subsytems, communications subsystems, and racks. The user makes selections which accumulate in a machine order list file. This file and the system topology file are identified by OA in a control block also containing a function request, and control is passed to the Hardware Placement and Connection Services (HP&CS) component. HP&CS simulates placement and connection of the selected equipment and adds to the machine order list file any prerequisite hardware (DASD/tape controllers, cables, expansion units, racks, etc.) necessary to support the selected hardware. HP&CS then returns control to OA which calls the Formatter component to generate a report listing all selected and prerequisite hardware. If the hardware listed in the report is ordered, this...