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Separation of installation configuration from installation media

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015074D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Oct-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

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Traditional installation packages are made up of installation components that consist of media and resources, wherein a response file is part of these resources. The response file provides a means by which initial installation configuration can be defined. This disclosure describes a method by which the response file becomes an entity separate from the installation media. By separating the means by which configuration data is defined, flexibility and efficiencies can be gained. Separating configuration data and installation data allows the ability to apply configuration data to installation objects dynamically. By decentralizing the configuration data, it can be configured at any given point during the install cycle and by any instance of the configuration data. The configuration data can be handled by an administrator, end user, or stored in a repository such as LDAP. The notion of modifying response file data dynamically introduces a "just in time" model of configuration to customize an installation. The concept of storing configuration data such as a common ePerson at a centralized point such as a directory is not new; however; this disclosure describes the same principal with the exception that it applies to initial installation configuration data such as which is contained within a response file. By de-centralizing the response files configuration data the same efficiencies that have been realized with real-time data can now be realized at an install time cycle. 1