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Automated System Initialization

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000078854D
Original Publication Date: 1973-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 60K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kaufmann, SM: AUTHOR

Abstract

Automated System Initialization is a method of changing a system configuration without the need for manual intervention, by obtaining the input from a partitioned data set on a direct-access device. The removal of manual intervention reduces the exposures to errors, since the operator does not need to know what changes to a system are required for a given system start-up , and does not need to communicate those changes to the system. Also, by eliminating the need for manual intervention, the speed of the initialization process greatly increases.

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Automated System Initialization

Automated System Initialization is a method of changing a system configuration without the need for manual intervention, by obtaining the input from a partitioned data set on a direct-access device. The removal of manual intervention reduces the exposures to errors, since the operator does not need to know what changes to a system are required for a given system start-up , and does not need to communicate those changes to the system. Also, by eliminating the need for manual intervention, the speed of the initialization process greatly increases.

A single name is all that must be communicated to cause the desired system configuration changes. The name references a member of a partitioned data set and essentially defines a complete set of changes in the system configuration. This has the advantage of requiring only a name, rather than the referencing of several pages of a console listing to recall what changes were made to a running system. Also, Automated System Initialization allows any number of system configuration variations to be defined.

The Automated System Initialization is invoked at the start of system initialization by the operator specifying a member name (See the figure). The contents of that member are then retrieved by the system. It contains a list of member names to be used during initialization.

For every member name in the list, a routine is called to initialize a particular aspect of the system and the correspond...