Method and apparatus for controlling software configurations in data processing systems
Processor having plural initial loading programs for loading different operating systems
Multilevel bootstrap apparatus
High speed program store with bootstrap
Method of tailoring an operating system
Customization of a system control program in response to initialization of a computer system Patent #: 4979106
ApplicationNo. 046510 filed on 04/12/1993
US Classes:717/174, SOFTWARE INSTALLATION713/2, Loading initialization program (e.g., booting, rebooting, warm booting, remote booting, BIOS, initial program load (IPL), bootstrapping)713/100RECONFIGURATION (E.G., CHANGING SYSTEM SETTING)
ExaminersPrimary: Shaw, Gareth D.
Assistant: Butler, Dennis M.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
Foreign Patent References
International ClassG06F 009/44
AbstractThe method of the present invention presents a plurality of option panels to a user, each option panel requiring at least one user input which specifies a system option for a selected data processing system. Thereafter, an installation profile is created utilizing these specified system options, including at least a description of the operating system to be utilized and a description of the data processing system hardware configuration. In one embodiment of the present invention this installation profile is then stored in conjunction with a complex multilevel software application on a portable storage media, such as a tape reel. Thereafter, the installation of the complex multilevel software application may be automatically accomplished by reference to the installation profile which contains those values which represent preset installation options. An operating system is installed utilizing the values set forth in the installation profile and the Initial Program Load (IPL) of the operating system is also accomplished utilizing the preset installation options contained within the installation profile.