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Design of a Network Installation Group Install Plan Object

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000115905D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 63K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bunce, JL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a design for creating group install plan objects that act as a collection object for workstation objects in an install plan. 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 of the group install plan object can be used with any network planning, installation, and configuration program.

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Design of a Network Installation Group Install Plan Object

      Disclosed is a design for creating group install plan objects
that act as a collection object for workstation objects in an install
plan.  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 of the group install plan object can be used with
any network planning, installation, and configuration program.

      The Group Install Plan (GroupIP) object is the install plan
counterpart to a regular group object.  Group objects bring a set of
workstation objects together, and the install plan object allows
administrators to collect into one object, workstations and the
applications to be installed on the workstations.

      The network installation program would create the GroupIP
object when a group object is added to the install plan.  The GroupIP
object inherits all its attributes from the group from which it was
created.  Groups have only a few attributes, such as the group
description, icon, and title.  If a group contains workstations,
these workstations will be copied into WorkstationIP objects and
stored in the GroupIP object; Workstation Install Plan
(WorkstationIP) objects are snapshots of workstation objects that
existed in the group.

      If the group contained a customization file, the network
installation program will make a copy of t...