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Operating System Installation Options Storage

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103562D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 60K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Payne, EE: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A program is disclosed that saves, recovers and displays operating system installation information. Normally, operating system installations remove prior installations and its data, and therefore are rarely performed unless there is a catastrophe or a new release of the operating system is available. Installation information configuring the operating system is often forgotten. This program saves prior information on a reserved area of an operating system hard disk so that the information can be recovered, displayed and altered on subsequent installations.

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Operating System Installation Options Storage

       A program is disclosed that saves, recovers and displays
operating system installation information.  Normally, operating
system installations remove prior installations and its data, and
therefore are rarely performed unless there is a catastrophe or a new
release of the operating system is available.  Installation
information configuring the operating system is often forgotten.
This program saves prior information on a reserved area of an
operating system hard disk so that the information can be recovered,
displayed and altered on subsequent installations.

      The program called blvset, developed for the AIX* operating
system, saves various installation options, such as language support,
installation device, target hard disks for the installation, Internet
Protocol addresses, and boot disk from one installation to another.
The information is gathered from a user interface display when
various choices are made and saved by directing the information as
input to the program.  The program seeks and writes the information
to a reserved area on the target installation hard disk.  The
operating system installation information is thus saved until another
operating system installation is undertaken.

      The information is retrieved from the reserved area by the
blvset program and is directed to the operating system display as the
default information during the next installation.  This process of
saving the...