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Design of Network Installation Workstation Install Plan Object

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000115892D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 75K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bunce, JL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a design for creating workstation install plan objects that act as snapshots of workstations that reside elsewhere in the administrator's network. 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 workstations on a LAN. This design for the workstation install plan object can be used with any network planning, installation, and configuration program.

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Design of Network Installation Workstation Install Plan Object

      Disclosed is a design for creating workstation install plan
objects that act as snapshots of workstations that reside elsewhere
in the administrator's network.  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 workstations on a LAN.  This design
for the workstation install plan object can be used with any network
planning, installation, and configuration program.

      The Workstation Install Plan (WorkstationIP) object is the
install plan counterpart to the workstation object.  The network
installation program would create this object when a group object is
added to the install plan.  Group objects collect a set of
workstations, such as all the engineering workstations, and the
install plan object lets administrators package together workstations
and the applications to be installed on the workstations.

      When the administrator adds a group object to an install plan,
a Group Install Plan (GroupIP) object is created by deriving it from
the group object, and a WorkstationIP for each workstation contained
in the group will be created too.  The created WorkstationIP objects
will be stored in the GroupIP.  The WorkstationIP object inherits all
its attributes from the workstation from which it was created.

      Administrators will not be able to change the workstation name,
which they could do on workstation objects.  Name changes are
prohibited since administrators cannot delete WorkstationIP objects
and the collection of WorkstationIP objects are meant to be a
snapshot of the workstations in the group when it was added to the
install plan.  Outside the plans, these workstat...