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Object-Oriented Response File Manager

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000117793D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 4 page(s) / 85K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Ibanez, JG: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

With the growing number of competitive network operating systems (for example, Microsoft Windows NT*), we need to protect our technology of Configuration/Installation files. Currently, no one has a generic solution for the complex task of response file management.

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Object-Oriented Response File Manager

      With the growing number of competitive network operating
systems (for example, Microsoft Windows NT*), we need to protect our
technology of Configuration/Installation files.  Currently, no one
has a generic solution for the complex task of response file
management.

      The installation of Configuration, Installation, and
Distribution (CID)-enabled products historically results in multiple
response files in various combinations being manually created and
maintained by network administrators as well as end-users.  The end
result being a complicated tangle of files and sections which is
difficult to both understand and to maintain.

      Using the Graphical User Interface (GUI) driven
RESPONSEFILEMANAGER (Fig. 1) object allows you to create, edit,
combine, and manage your response files.

      This disclosure solves the problem managing multiple response
files via a GUI driven generic tool which provides a solution to real
customer problems.

      Please reference disclosure entitled "Object Oriented Response
File Processing" for a description of the RESPONSEFILE and
RESPONSEFILESECTION objects which are referenced herein.

The GUI for managing response files has two major components:
  1.  A container of response files on the workstation
  2.  A ResponseFile Template - for creating new ResponseFile objects

      The GUI uses the RESPONSEFILEMANAGER object (Fig. 2) as well as
RESPONSEFILE and RESPO...