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Automated System Installation for the VSE/ESA Operating System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114435D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Barthold, H: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Installing the IBM operating system VSE/ESA* is a task taking several hours. During the installation multiple VSE/ESA specific messages are displayed on the system console, most of them needing detailed replies. To answer these messages detailed skill about VSE internals and a set of system documentation is needed. This article describes a method for simplifying the installation of VSE/ESA.

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Automated System Installation for the VSE/ESA Operating System

      Installing the IBM operating system VSE/ESA* is a task taking
several hours.  During the installation multiple VSE/ESA specific
messages are displayed on the system console, most of them needing
detailed replies.  To answer these messages detailed skill about VSE
internals and a set of system documentation is needed.  This article
describes a method for simplifying the installation of VSE/ESA.

      The method involves providing on the VSE/ESA installation
tape(s) a parameterized sequence containing all information used for
the installation process itself instead of interactively requesting
this information during installation from the person doing this task.

The advantages of this method are:
  1.  No human intervention required
  2.  IBM supplied input - improving the quality and correctness of
       the data
  3.  Best performance - no delay because of the manual input
  4.  Elimination of the error-prone task of manual input

      During the build process of the installation tape itself, a
table is created holding the (parameterized) sequence of all the
console input needed for the later installation process on the
customer's machine.  This table also contains pre-defined messages
indicating the progress during installation and is additionally
supplied to the customer on the IBM installation tape.

The complete method involves the following steps:
  1.  IBM builds a pa...