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Design of an Install Plan Object for Network Installation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116619D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 4 page(s) / 90K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bunce, JL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a design for creating install plan objects that act as a grouping facility for applications that will be installed on a group of workstations. 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 install plan object can be used with any network planning, installation, and configuration program.

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Design of an Install Plan Object for Network Installation

      Disclosed is a design for creating install plan objects that
act as a grouping facility for applications that will be installed on
a group of workstations.  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 install plan object can be
used with any network planning, installation, and configuration
program.

      The install plan provides the administrator with an object to
group together workstations and the applications the administrator
wants to install on the workstations.  The administrator can move an
install plan from an uncommitted to committed state.  Once an install
plan is moved to a committed state and if the install plan is valid,
the network installation application would create the response files
and LAN CID Utility (LCU) command files to allow the applications to
be installed on the workstations.  Although the network installation
application may currently only support LCU command files, the network
installation application design could be extended to allow other
types of installable command files to be created.

      The network installation application could show the objects in
an install plan in a tree view as a default.  The following is an
expanded tree view with the objects that can reside in an install
plan:
         Install Plan
           AppIP1
             Customization file
             CatIP1
               Response file
             ...
             CatIPN
               Response file
         ...
         AppIPN
           Customization file
             CatIP1
               Response file
             ...
             CatIPM
               Response file
         GroupIP
           Customization file
           WorkstationIP1
             WorkstationAppIP1
             CatIP1
               Response file
             ...
             CatIPN
               Response file
           ...
           WorkstationAppIPN
             CatIP1
               Response file
             ...
             CatIPM
               Response file

      Application Install Plan (AppIP) objects represent appl...