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Automated Process for Preloading Customer Ordered Software Utilizing Tape Drive and Workstation Emulation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109995D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 86K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Buller, SJ: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

As part of the manufacturing process for computer systems, software is loaded prior to customer shipment. Described is a method which uses a process of workstation and tape drive emulation to load a system with its operating system software, licensed program product software, and program temporary fix software without the use of tapes or human intervention on the manufacturing floor.

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Automated Process for Preloading Customer Ordered Software Utilizing Tape Drive and Workstation Emulation

       As part of the manufacturing process for computer
systems, software is loaded prior to customer shipment.  Described is
a method which uses a process of workstation and tape drive emulation
to load a system with its operating system software, licensed program
product software, and program temporary fix software without the use
of tapes or human intervention on the manufacturing floor.

      Previously, systems built and manufactured were typically
shipped without the operating system loaded on the system.  It was
usually packaged on some kind of magnetic media and was shipped with
the product or was merged in the field.  This method left the
customer or customer engineer with the responsibility of loading the
operating system on the system once it arrived in the customer's
office.  Program Temporary Fixes (PTFs) were applied to the operating
system after the system was running in the customer's office.

      Software preload process for the computer system includes not
only the installation of a base operating system (BOS), but also
licensed program products (LPPs), and PTFs according to a specific
software order.

      Installation process in loading software on the system was
designed to read from a tape and store this software on the system
direct access storage device (DASD).  A tester designed to emulate a
small computer system interface (SCSI) tape device, a system console,
and an operator, automatically solves the problem of needed tape
changes and operator data entry during a normal installation process
that could not be accomplished in the manufacturing environment.

      Installation of system software requires an operator to load
tapes, handle messages and respond with keystrokes at the system
console.  Automated preload process is acc...