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Software Custom Installation for Nodes in a Network

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107506D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 5 page(s) / 165K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Beck, JS: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Users with large networks need to distribute software to individual nodes. Often, this software needs to be customized for each node of a network. This article describes an efficient process to individually manage the installation of software for individual nodes of a large network.

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Software Custom Installation for Nodes in a Network

       Users with large networks need to distribute software to
individual nodes.  Often, this software needs to be customized for
each node of a network.  This article describes an efficient process
to individually manage the installation of software for individual
nodes of a large network.

      Assume that a process to transfer software from one node to
another node exists.  Also assume that there is the ability to
execute a command at a remote node.  Then, this process is:
1.   Run the install program to install the software at an
administrative node.  An example of a panel driven interface for this
is shown in Fig. 1.
2.   Run the administrative program on the administrative node.  This
may be done by using:
      a.   Panel driven user interface to the administrative program.
           1.   Select components of the software that need to go to
a node of the network.  An example of this is shown in Fig. 2.
           2.   Customize software that needs to go to a node of the
network.  Examples of this are:
                a.   Naming a password unique to a node, as in Fig.
3.
                b.   Configuring other files.
                3.   Put the components and customized software into
a package that is unique for a node of the network, as in Fig. 4.
           4.   The administration program makes a log of the
selections made in the interactive panel, as well as a list of all
software (components and customized) in the package.  The log
contains all information needed to recreate the package.
      b.   Application program interface (API) of the administrative
program.  The API provides services for all functions available
through the panel driven user interface of the administrative program
described in step 2a.
3.   Repeat step 2 for each node of...