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Software Upgrade Through Local Area Network

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000121988D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 29K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Feigel, RA: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

In a Local Area Network (LAN) environment, there are often hundreds of workstations. When it is necessary to upgrade the LAN programs in each workstation, it is time consuming for the network administrator to carry diskettes and install the software on each workstation because the network administrator would have to repeat the same installation process on each workstation.

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Software Upgrade Through Local Area Network

      In a Local Area Network (LAN) environment, there are
often hundreds of workstations.  When it is necessary to upgrade the
LAN programs in each workstation, it is time consuming for the
network administrator to carry diskettes and install the software on
each workstation because the network administrator would have to
repeat the same installation process on each workstation.

      One way to solve this problem is to have the new software
installed on a LAN File Server and each workstation can then run a
program to copy needed files from the File Server to the workstation
and modify the configuration of the workstation accordingly.

      This method is used in OS/2* LAN Server 1.2 to help the users
of PC LAN Program (PCLP) 1.3 to upgrade their LAN software to DOS LAN
Requester.  OS/2 LAN Server 1.2 does not support the log-on of users
from DOS workstations that are running PC LAN Program 1.3.  For DOS
users to log-on to OS/2 LAN Server 1.2, they must install DOS LAN
Requester on their machines.  An OS/2 1.2 LAN Server service is,
therefore, created to permit a log-on from a PCLP machine to allow
the user to run a download program to install DOS LAN Requester and
LAN Support Program.
*  Trademark of IBM Corp.