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Method to ensure configurations on servers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000231069D
Publication Date: 2013-Sep-25
Document File: 3 page(s) / 51K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system to ensure the validity of configurations on servers. The system allows an embedded set of approved configurations to be compared against the current setup at boot time. The system determines which configurations are approved, and then allows those to be mapped to the code set.

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Method to ensure configurations on servers

Organizations that have systems with the potential of a large number of configurations need an easy way to assess whether the current boot configuration is one that is approved and tested. When an organization allows a diverse set of configurations in Central Processing Units, (CPUs), memory, and Input/Output (I/O), testing all of the configurations is not practical. The issue occurs at test labs, labs of developing partners, as well as customers of systems providers. Almost all firmware developers have had a severity 1 defect returned due to the use of an invalid configuration.

The novel contribution is a system that allows an embedded set of approved configurations to be compared against the current setup at boot time. The system determines which configurations are approved, and then allows those to be mapped to the code set. The system is comprised of methods to:


 Limit a configuration set to those in the test pool


 Query and interrogate part numbers to be applied to an allowable boot


 Establish whether an invalid configuration should be allowed to boot


 Promote a configuration so that no additional warning/stoppage is attained


 Add to the configuration on-the-fly so that end customers can update the Server Proven Plan (SPP) without warning or error

The new approach provides the server with a proven plan as a configuration file that fully documents which configurations are supported. The system can detect at early boot whether the configuration is valid. Many systems now use a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) to interrogate C...