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Design of a Customization File Object for Network Installation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000115185D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 72K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bunce, JL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a design for creating Customization File objects that can be applied to multiple Configuration, Installation, and Distribution (CID) response file objects. The burdens on network administrators have been rapidly growing both in volume and in complexity. Chief among them is the need for administrators to easily plan and execute the installation and configuration of software products on a group of workstation on a LAN. The design of the customization file object can be used with any network planning, installation, and configuration program.

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Design of a Customization File Object for Network Installation

      Disclosed is a design for creating Customization File objects
that can be applied to multiple Configuration, Installation, and
Distribution (CID) response file objects.  The burdens on network
administrators have been rapidly growing both in volume and in
complexity.  Chief among them is the need for administrators to
easily plan and execute the installation and configuration of
software products on a group of workstation on a LAN.  The design of
the customization file object can be used with any network planning,
installation, and configuration program.

      The customization file object allows the user to use an ASCII
spreadsheet-like file to set response file keyword values per
workstation.  For example, the user could list workstation names on
the Y-axis and response file keywords on the X-axis.  The
intersection
of a row and column would specify the keyword value that would be
used
to override values in the response files that are generated.

The following is an example format for a customization file:
  WKSNAME,ADDR,BUFFERS,COMMENT
  NODE001,45134,100,
  NODE002,45135,50,"Smaller Buffer"

      There will be a response file per application
(WorkstationAppIP) per workstation (WorkstationIP).  Workstation
Application Install Plan (WorkstationAppIP) objects are similar to
application type objects, but they apply to a single workstation.
Workstation Install Plan (WorkstationIP) objects are snapshots of
workstation objects when they were copied to the install plan.  An
install plan collects together workstations and the applications to
be installed on the workstations.

      If the customization file belonged to a group object that was
added to the install plan, a new cus...