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Application for Synchronizing the Fix Level of Multiple Servers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000100000D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Mar-15
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-15
Document File: 1 page(s) / 30K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Real-world users of enterprise-level server solutions usually do not deploy published patches directly into their production environments. Instead, they have one or more levels of "test" server onto which they will install the patches; then run those systems for some time; then, if the patches have proven stable, install them onto the next tier of test servers, or ultimately into the production environment. However, while a certain set of patches is being tested, more fixes are being published. When it is time to deploy a tested set of patches from server A to the next tier (say, server B), it is therefore not possible simply to deploy the 'latest' set of patches. Rather, server B must be brought to the same level as server A. Current industry solutions are human-driven and therefore time consuming and error prone. Described is an application capable of accomplishing this task in a consistent, autonomic manner.

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Application for Synchronizing the Fix Level of Multiple Servers

Real-world users of enterprise-level server solutions usually do not deploy published patches directly into their production environments. Instead, they have one or more levels of "test" server onto which they will install the patches; then run those systems for some time; then, if the patches have proven stable, install them onto the next tier of test servers, or ultimately into the production environment. However, while a certain set of patches is being tested, more fixes are being published. When it is time to deploy a tested set of patches from server A to the next tier (say, server B), it is therefore not possible simply to deploy the 'latest' set of patches. Rather, server B must be brought to the same level as server A.

Current industry solutions are human-driven and therefore time consuming and error prone. This disclosure describes an application capable of accomplishing this task in a consistent, autonomic manner.

This disclosure describes a software application capable of comparing the software and/or firmware levels of two servers and downloading exactly those patches necessary to bring one up to the level of the other.

The invention consists of a software application which, when properly invoked, will do the following:

o Gather an inventory of the "base" system (server A). If the base system is not the system on which the invention is running, existing remote execution technology is used...