06865737 is referenced by 112 patents and cites 11 patents.

A human engineer using a computer system can maintain numerous software services and packages installed on a number of servers through a single master server and a computer network. Each software service and package is represented in a package and service template datastore 120 in templatized form. The installation template includes placeholder data which represents server-specific information used to install the computer software. The placeholder is included in program modules, configuration data files, and/or installation scripts. To install the computer software on the selected server computer, a master server retrieves server-specific information for the selected server, substitutes the retrieved server-specific data for the placeholder data to form server-specific installation data, and transports the server-specific installation data to the selected server for execution.

Title
Remote software installation and maintenance
Application Number
9/645014
Publication Number
6865737 (B1)
Application Date
August 23, 2000
Publication Date
March 8, 2005
Inventor
Wesley N T Pope
San Francisco
CA, US
Chris J Hillery
Vacaville
CA, US
Paul J Lucas
Mountain View
CA, US
Agent
Woodcock Washburn
Assignee
Microsoft Corporation
WA, US
IPC
G06F 009/45
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