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Design of Application Install Plan Object for Network Installation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116613D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 59K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bunce, JL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a design for creating application install plan objects that act as snapshots of applications and their attributes which the user specified. 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 application install plan object can be used with any network planning, installation, and configuration program.

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Design of Application Install Plan Object for Network Installation

      Disclosed is a design for creating application install plan
objects that act as snapshots of applications and their attributes
which the user specified.  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 application install plan
object can be used with any network planning, installation, and
configuration program.

      The Application install plan (AppIP) object is the install plan
counterpart to the application object.  (An install plan object
collects workstations and the applications to be installed on the
workstations.)  An application or AppIP object represents a software
product like OS/2* or LAN Server*.  AppIPs differ from application
objects because they are snapshots of the application's attributes
when the application is added to the install plan.  An AppIP object
is created when an application object is added to the install plan.
The AppIP object inherits all attributes from the application from
which it was created.  The user cannot change the application short
name, application backing file name, or the application action type
(such as install or configure) in the AppIP object.

      When an application is added to an install plan, the network
installation application could check to see if the "prompt user for...