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Local Area Network Program Distribution Facility

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000102040D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 3 page(s) / 84K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Allen, JD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method is described which provides a unique mechanism to distribute product packages and related files to a single, a subset, or all active workstations connected on a local area network. The distribution facility provides clear advantages to the customers in that the code distribution is automated and is initiated and controlled from a central server system. Today the customers must manage code levels and distribution by providing program diskettes for each workstation connected on the local area network. The described mechanism is unique for the OS/2* Extended Edition environment and its advantages are listed below.

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Local Area Network Program Distribution Facility

       A method is described which provides a unique mechanism
to distribute product packages and related files to a single, a
subset, or all active workstations connected on a local area network.
The distribution facility provides clear advantages to the customers
in that the code distribution is automated and is initiated and
controlled from a central server system.  Today the customers must
manage code levels and distribution by providing program diskettes
for each workstation connected on the local area network.  The
described mechanism is unique for the OS/2* Extended Edition
environment and its advantages are listed below.

      PROGRAM OVERVIEW: The local area network distribution facility
provides an automated program update function.  It loads a data table
that provides program level information for each workstation on a
local area network. (See Fig. 1 for table definition.)

      The program will poll each connected workstation and, if the
workstation is active, then it will generate a panel and request if
the user would like to update the programs on the workstation.  The
end user may select specific workstations to update or all
workstations can be selected for update.  The user can then select
either one, a subset, or all programs to be updated on a workstation.
The facility will compare the base operating system syslevel and/or
compare the level of each file to determine if a system or file
update is required.  When the files are updated the program will
check f...