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Design of the Application Collection Object for Network Installation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000117716D
Original Publication Date: 1996-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 4 page(s) / 136K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bunce, J: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a design for an application collection object to allow administrators to customize and bundle together applications that should be installed and configured at one time. 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. This design for representing application collections in an object-oriented manner can be used with any network planning, installation, and configuration program.

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Design of the Application Collection Object for Network Installation

      Disclosed is a design for an application collection object to
allow administrators to customize and bundle together applications
that should be installed and configured at one time.  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.  This design
for representing application collections in an object-oriented manner
can be used with any network planning, installation, and
configuration program.

      As defined, the network installation program allows
administrators to create application objects with designated actions,
such as installation or configuration.  For each action, the
administrator can assign a command, user exit routines, a response
file, and associated attributes for use in the installation or
configuration of the product.

      An application collection allows administrators to group
together several application objects that should be installed and
configured together as a reusable unit.  These collection objects can
be customized much in the same way an administrator can customize the
attributes and response files of an application object in an install
plan.  Application collections will reside in the Applications
Container with regular application objects.

      A valid application collection will contain one to many
application objects so long as there are no duplicate application
objects with the same application name and action type.  For example,
an application collection cannot have two OS/2 Warp* application
objects with the install action.  However, it is possible that an
application collection object could contain an application
representing the installation of OS/2 Warp and another representing
the configuration of OS/2 Warp.  These would be sequenced in the
proper order when the install plan is committed.  A plan consists of
workstation objects and the application objects that will be
installed or configured on the workstations.  Committing a plan
transforms the object representation into files and other outputs to
be used in the physical install and configuration of the
applications.

      Application Collections can accept drops of application
objects.  When an application is dropped on an application collection
object, a new application object will be created and the contents of
the dropped application will be copied to the new application object
before the new object is added to the application collection.  The
network installation program will create a new copy of the
application instead of a shadow object to allow changes to be made to
an application object that is contained in an application collection
without reflecting the changes on the original application object.

      If the ap...