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Changing System Configuration for Shared Windows Applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111443D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 81K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cheok, CK: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A mechanism is discussed which has the ability to modify the system configuration for shared Windows* applications to run successfully on an OS/2** Network Server.

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Changing System Configuration for Shared Windows Applications

      A mechanism is discussed which has the ability to modify the
system configuration for shared Windows* applications to run
successfully on an OS/2** Network Server.

      Most Windows applications need system configuration changes,
for example, updates to the win.ini, system.ini, autoexec.bat,
config.sys files, and some dynamic link library files need to reside
on the remote workstations.  Therefore, if these Windows applications
are installed in the OS/2 LAN Server to be used as shared
applications, any subsequent system configuration changes initiated
by the application installation process are not reflected in the DOS
LAN Reqester(Services) Windows client configurations.

      A mechanism is needed for these system configuration
modifications through a transparent process to the end-user,
requester/client workstations and under the control of the Network
Administrator.  This system configuration modifications process will
relieve the Network Administrator from having to provide a utility to
make the system configuration modifications for each and every
Windows application or doing the configuration modifications
manually.

      The design would be to have the Network Administrator create
the following ASCII files to initiate the system configuration
modifications needed for each of the shared Windows applications:

   ( if updates to SYSTEM.INI are needed ) 1.  SYSTEM.INF
    ( if updates to WIN.INI are needed    ) 2.  WIN.INF
    ( information of the system configuration that needs to be
executed ) 3.  <application id>.INF
    ( contains flags to control system configurations modifications )
4.  PROFILE.WIN

      The SYSTEM.INF has the data that was added into system.ini by
the application installation process if there are any new contents
added.  The format of the file is the same as system.ini file.

      The WIN.INF has the data that was added into win.ini by the
application installation process if there are any new contents added.
The format of the file is the same as win.ini file.

      The <application id>.INF is the main information file that
indicates which sys...