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Server-centric driver updates to endpoints

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000126969D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Aug-16
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Aug-16
Document File: 2 page(s) / 30K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a system for server-centric driver updates to endpoints. Given a driver/firmware update, identify which systems require the update.

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Server-centric driver updates to endpoints

     A central server receives notification from an update repository when new driver/firmware updates become available. The server then determines which endpoints require the update by comparing the update to an inventory database located on the server. If applicable, and if so desired by the System Administrator, the server distributes the updates to the appropriate endpoints. The main advantage of this solution is that all updates are distributed through a single point as soon as they become available. Endpoints no longer have to poll for updates and determine whether each update applies to them. This will greatly reduce both endpoint workload and network traffic. A central system administrator will have ultimate control over which endpoints are updated

     An update is added to the update repository. A notification is sent to the management server. The management server compares the update against its inventory database. The comparison will identify the endpoints out-of-date. The update will then be distributed to only those endpoints out-of-date.

     This provides an automatic solution to deliver updates to endpoints. The delivery is event driven, thus no polling must take place on either the server or endpoints. The determination of out-of-date endpoints is determined on the server. The server determines who needs to be updated.


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