The patent's assignee is 1e Limited.
News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "It is known to back up user data on one computer to another computer in a network. That may be done for various reasons including backing up to preserve user data whilst a new operating system is installed on a computer. User data includes settings and other data which may be termed the personality. Typically, the user data is backed up to a central server. U.S. Pat. No. 6,496,977 for example relates to a system and method for simplifying a system upgrade process. Initially, an automated data collection script is updated to include the identity and location of files containing personality and license information. A list of workstations to be upgraded is then compiled. The workstation list is called by the data collection script when it is executed. The data collection script collects personality and license information from the specified file on the listed workstations. The data collection script then outputs personality and license information to a temporary file at a network file system server. An upgrade script is executed after the workstations' operating systems have been upgraded, which uses the output from the data collection script for restoring personality and license information that may have been deleted or written over during the system upgrade.
"It is desirable to reduce the load on a network and on servers in a network."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "In accordance with one aspect of the present invention, there is provided a method of backing up user data stored on a first computer in a network to a computer which is one of a plurality of other computers in the network, the method comprising:
"transmitting from the first computer to the network a request message indicating that user data of the first computer needs to be backed up;
"receiving the message at the said other computers;
"selecting one of the other computers based on data provided by the other computers indicating the extent to which each of the replying computers complies with one or more selection criteria, transmitting the user data from the first computer to the selected computer with an identifier identifying the user data; and
"storing the transmitted user data in storage associated with the selected computer.
"In an embodiment the first computer receives replies to the message from at least some of the plurality of other computers indicating the extent to which each of the replying computers complies with one or more selection criteria, and the first computer selects one of the other computers based on the replies.
"In an embodiment, the first and other computers are in the same sub-network of the network.
"In an embodiment of the invention the user data is backed up before a new operating system is installed on the first computer. Once the operating system is installed the backed up data is retrieved from the selected computer and restored to the first computer. By selecting a back-up computer from a plurality of computers on the network, the load on any one computer is reduced. The invention does not need a central server to store backups of user data but instead enables back-ups to be distributed over plural computers, which may be workstations, desk-top machines or mobile machines in the network. In an embodiment, the first and other computers are on the same sub-network.
"Further features and advantages of the invention will become apparent from the following description of illustrative embodiments of the invention, given by way of example only, which is made with reference to the accompanying drawings.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"FIG. 1 is a schematic block diagram of a computer network;
"FIG. 2 is a schematic block diagram of a computer of the network of FIG. 1;
"FIG. 3 is a flow chart of an illustrative process for backing up user data in course of installing a new Operating System on a computer of the network of FIG. 1; and
"FIG. 4 is a chart of illustrative interactions of a computer on which the Operating System is installed and computer which stores the back up of user data."
For additional information on this patent application, see: Murray, Peter; Saxton, Mick. Backing-Up User Data. Filed
Keywords for this news article include: 1e Limited.
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