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Design of Response File Graphical User Interface Object for Network Installation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116595D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 66K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bunce, JL: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a design for creating response objects that act as Graphical User Interface (GUI) objects to ASCII response files used as part of the Configuration, Installation, and Distribution (CID) process. 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 response file GUI object can be used with any network planning, installation, and configuration program.

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Design of Response File Graphical User Interface Object for Network
Installation

      Disclosed is a design for creating response objects that act as
Graphical User Interface (GUI) objects to ASCII response files used
as part of the Configuration, Installation, and Distribution (CID)
process.  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 response file GUI object can be used with any
network planning, installation, and configuration program.

      The response file object is the graphical user interface (GUI)
representation of a keyword-equals-value ASCII response file that is
used for an application that is to be installed on a workstation.
Response files are an integral part of the CID strategy, as they
allow administrators or users to bypass prompted dialogs as part of
the installation or configuration process.  Administrators could also
open an editor on the response file.

      A category object can have 0 to N response files.  Category
objects act as a grouping mechanism for response files of the same
type, such as installation or configuration.  If a response file in a
category object is selected as the default, a copy of the response
file will be made and added to the Category Install Plan (CatIP)
object when a CatIP object is created and added to the install plan.
CatIP objects are snapshots of Category objects when the application
object containing the category (or categories) are added to the
install plan object.  Only one response file in a category...