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Autonomous Updating of a Managed Server Cluster Using Update Express

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000031367D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Sep-22
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Sep-22

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Updating systems is commonly tedious, lengthy, but a required task. It is typically done by the system owner or administrator. The update packages must be obtained by the owner from a specific web location belonging to manufacturer of a system or systems. The version must be verified to be compatible and operational with the target systems before mass production distribution can be performed. As the number of systems and servers grows exponentially large, the task of maintaining and updating these systems becomes laborious. Disclosed is an autonomous method for performing the latest updates to an entire managed cluster without the need to know model types or any of the details about the individual systems.