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LAN Transport Support for OS/2 2.0 Maintenance System and Configuration / Installation / Distribution

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000112118D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 63K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Turner, L: AUTHOR

Abstract

A problem presented by the Configuration/Installation/Distribution (C/I/D) solution for OS/2* 2.x workstation automation is the method by which initial network communication support is provided. Network programs are the mechanisms by which workstations can communicate, but how is the network code to be distributed to a workstation unless there is already network code running on the workstation.

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LAN Transport Support for OS/2 2.0 Maintenance System and Configuration
/ Installation / Distribution

      A problem presented by the
Configuration/Installation/Distribution (C/I/D) solution for OS/2*
2.x workstation automation is the method by which initial network
communication support is provided.  Network programs are the
mechanisms by which workstations can communicate, but how is the
network code to be distributed to a workstation unless there is
already network code running on the workstation.

      The C/I/D strategy prescribed a two diskette solution for
machines that had no installed software.  This solution involved
ipl-ing the target machine with these two diskettes, and the system
would automatically begin the distribution of the OS/2 2.x code.

      This C/I/D solution required LAN network code be built onto the
second diskette of the two diskettes.  The LAN network code in this
environment is the code that is provided by the NTS/2 product.  The
NTS/2 product ships it's executablesin a compressed format and the
INSTALL program is responsible for decompressing the executables on
the target.  The second diskette in the C/I/D scenario did not have
enough room on it for the entire NTS/2 product to be installed on it.
Expanding the C/I/D solution to three diskettes was not a acceptable
customer option.

      What was needed was a tool that would pick the smallest amount
of parts of the network code that was needed to obtain network
connection and allow the C/I/D process to complete.

      ThinLAPS is the OS/2 utility that is shipped with the...