Method and apparatus for automatically updating software components on end systems over a network

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 6009274
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08881517

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A method and apparatus for automatically updating software components in one or more agents (end systems) in a network. An ASU server generates a multicast request to agents within its network domain, identifying the newest, available versions of software components that may be installed on the agents. Agents compare installed versions with the newest versions and respond to the server request by indicating components that need to be updated. Components include network and non-network software as well as operating system (OS) software. The ASU server then transmits the requested components to the requesting agents in a self extracting compressed file. The file is installed and the components updated without rebooting system software.

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HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT LPHOUSTON, TX9302

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Fletcher, Rick San Jose, CA 5 1309
Lin, Pei-Chen San Jose, CA 2 759

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