JP2008015794A - Program management device, program management system, and program providing method - Google Patents

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JP2008015794A
JP2008015794A JP2006186400A JP2006186400A JP2008015794A JP 2008015794 A JP2008015794 A JP 2008015794A JP 2006186400 A JP2006186400 A JP 2006186400A JP 2006186400 A JP2006186400 A JP 2006186400A JP 2008015794 A JP2008015794 A JP 2008015794A
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<P>PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide a program management system which can alleviate load of a user who is involved in updating the program and setting after updating. <P>SOLUTION: An image forming apparatus 30 transmits its own configuration information and version information of a current program to a management server 10. A program producing means 15 of the management server 10 selects the programs to download out of the configuration information and version information received from the image forming apparatus 30, produces the set program (a firmware and printer driver) which sets the programs corresponding to the received configuration information, and transmits it to the image forming apparatus 30. The image forming apparatus 30 updates the firmware by the received programs, and transmits the set printer driver to an information processing apparatus 50 to be installed. <P>COPYRIGHT: (C)2008,JPO&INPIT

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  The present invention relates to a program management apparatus, a program management system, and a program providing method for providing a program to a management target apparatus (managed apparatus) connected via a network.

  Currently, programs such as firmware and printer drivers in image forming apparatuses such as digital multi-function peripherals are frequently upgraded to support new OSs, new applications, customer environments, various types of problems, Various techniques have been proposed for reducing the user burden associated with this version upgrade.

  For example, a technology that compares the version information of the printer driver stored in the image forming apparatus with the version information of the printer driver stored in the manufacturer's server, and automatically downloads the latest printer driver as necessary. (For example, refer to Patent Document 1).

  In addition, in order to prevent an abnormal operation due to inconsistency between the firmware version of the image forming apparatus and the version of the printer driver, there is a technique for determining the appropriate combination on the server side and downloading the firmware or printer driver (for example, (See Patent Document 2).

  In the program update operation, in addition to the burden associated with downloading the program as described above, the burden associated with the initial setting of the program after downloading cannot be ignored. For example, when the printer driver is installed in an information processing apparatus (PC ... Personal Computer) used in connection with the image forming apparatus, the configuration / number of stages of the paper feed tray, the presence / absence of the duplex printing function, The standard value (factory) at the time of purchase (installation time) for various setting items such as the presence or absence of post-processing functions such as stapling and punching, the presence or absence of a sorting function, the presence or absence of a fax function, the presence or absence of additional memory, and the installed capacity (Shipment value or default value) is set, and it is necessary to set these items by the user after installation according to the current device configuration.

  For example, even if the image forming apparatus has a duplex printing function, if the default setting on the printer driver side does not have the duplex printing function, the duplex printing function is used until the setting is changed to the duplex printing function enabled. Could not be used. Even when the configuration of the image forming apparatus is changed (for example, when a fax function is newly added), in order to make the function available from the PC, the user must manually change the setting on the printer driver side. did not become.

  Therefore, the image forming apparatus detects the configuration state of the own apparatus, such as an option installation status, and sets the printer driver downloaded from the server in the image forming apparatus according to the detected configuration state of the own apparatus, and then the information processing apparatus. There has been proposed an image forming apparatus that is transmitted to (PC) and installed (see, for example, Patent Document 3).

JP 2002-304263 A JP 2004-355596 A JP 2002-149363 A

  In the method of setting the printer driver in the image forming apparatus according to the configuration of the apparatus, the processing load on the image forming apparatus increases, so that the downtime that the user cannot use the image forming apparatus with the update of the printer driver occurs. There was a problem of becoming longer.

  Further, in order to appropriately set the printer driver, in addition to the configuration information of the image forming apparatus, information indicating changes in the printer driver and the relevance between the printer driver and firmware is required. However, when setting the printer driver on the image forming apparatus that is the download destination, there is a problem that it is difficult to obtain the latest information from the manufacturer.

  Such a problem occurs not only in the printer driver but also in the firmware of the apparatus and other programs. This also occurs in apparatuses other than the image forming apparatus, such as a scanner apparatus.

  The present invention is intended to solve the above-described problem, and a program management apparatus and program capable of reducing a user burden related to program update and setting after update without imposing a burden on a download destination apparatus. The purpose is to provide a management system and a program providing method.

  The gist of the present invention for achieving the object lies in the inventions of the following items.

(1) receiving means for receiving configuration information of the management target device;
Program generating means for generating a program in which at least a part of setting items is set according to the configuration information received by the receiving means;
A program management apparatus comprising: a transmission unit configured to transmit a set program generated by the program generation unit.

  In the said invention, the program set according to the structure information of the management object apparatus is provided. Therefore, it is possible to start using the program in a setting state corresponding to the configuration of the apparatus without performing individual settings again at the download destination of the program.

  The configuration information of the management target device may be received from the management target device, or may be received from another device, for example, an information processing device connected to the management target device or a portable terminal of a customer engineer. In addition, the transmission destination of the set program may be a management target device, or may be an information processing device connected to another device, for example, the management target device.

(2) The program generation unit further selects a program to be transmitted to the management target device based on the configuration information received by the reception unit, and at least a part of the setting items is set according to the configuration information The program management apparatus according to (1), wherein the program is generated.

  In the above invention, one or two or more programs that need to be downloaded are selected according to the received configuration information of the management target apparatus, and the configuration information of the management target apparatus is selected for those necessary among the selected programs. Settings are made according to.

(3) The receiving means further receives version information of a program stored in the managed device,
The program management device according to (2), wherein the program generation unit selects the program in consideration of the version information.

  In the above invention, the program management apparatus obtains the version information of the current program held by the management target apparatus, and selects the program that needs to be downloaded, including the version, in consideration of this information. For example, if the version of the program on the management target apparatus side is older than the version of the program that can be provided from the program management apparatus, the program is selected as an update target (generation target program).

(4) Program update processing including generation and transmission of the set program is executed based on an instruction from the management target device or an external terminal. Any one of (1) to (3) The program management apparatus according to one.

  In the said invention, the program update process regarding the production | generation and transmission of a set program is performed in response to the instruction | indication from a management object apparatus or another external terminal.

(5) A program update process including generation and transmission of the set program is executed when a predetermined condition is established on the program management apparatus side. The program management apparatus as described in any one.

  In the above invention, the program update process is executed when a predetermined condition managed on the program management apparatus side is satisfied. As a result, it becomes possible to simultaneously update the programs of a large number of managed devices on the market from the program management device side.

(6) The program management apparatus according to (5), wherein the predetermined condition includes a program change that can be provided by the program management apparatus.

  In the above invention, when the program that can be provided by the program management device has been changed, for example, when the program stored in the program management device has been upgraded to cope with a serious problem, the program update processing Is executed.

(7) A configuration information acquisition request is transmitted from the program management device to the management target device due to establishment of the predetermined condition, and the setting is performed based on the configuration information received in response to the acquisition request. The program management apparatus according to (5) or (6), wherein a generated program is generated.

  In the above invention, the program management device makes a request to the management target device to obtain the configuration information of the management target device. The acquisition request may be transmitted when the predetermined condition is satisfied, or may be transmitted at another timing, and the configuration information may be acquired and stored before the predetermined condition is satisfied.

(8) The program management apparatus according to any one of (1) to (7), further including reception information storage means for storing and storing information received by the reception means.

  In the above invention, the program management apparatus accumulates and stores the configuration information of the management target device received by the reception unit and the version information of the program on the management target device side in the reception information storage unit. Based on the stored and stored information, the configuration information of each managed device, the version information of the program on the managed device side, and the like can be centrally managed by the program management device. For example, using the stored and stored information, the latest version of the program that can be provided on the program management apparatus side is compared with the version information of the program on the management target apparatus side to determine whether or not to update the program, or to update the program Can be selected.

(9) The program is a program executed by the management target device or a driver program of the management target device executed by an information processing device used in connection with the management target device. The program management apparatus according to any one of 1) to (8).

(10) In a program management system in which a program management device and a management target device are connected via a network,
The managed device is:
Transmission control means for transmitting configuration information of the device itself to the program management device;
Reception control means for receiving a program from the program management device;
Storage means for storing the program received from the program management device,
The program management device includes:
Receiving means for receiving the configuration information transmitted by the managed device;
Program generating means for generating a program in which at least a part of setting items is set according to the configuration information received by the receiving means;
A program management system comprising: a transmission unit configured to transmit the set program generated by the program generation unit to the management target device.

(11) The program management unit according to (10), wherein the program generation unit generates a program selected based on the configuration information received by the reception unit and set according to the configuration information. system.

(12) The management target device further transmits version information of the program stored in the storage unit to the program management device,
The program management system according to (11), wherein the program management device receives the version information transmitted from the device to be managed, and further selects the program in consideration of the version information.

(13) The program management apparatus executes a program update process including generation and transmission of the set program based on an instruction from the management target apparatus or an external terminal. The program management system according to any one of (12).

(14) The program update process including generation and transmission of the set program is executed when a predetermined condition managed by the program management device is satisfied. Any one of (10) to (12) The program management system according to one.

(15) The program management system according to (14), wherein the predetermined condition includes a change of a program that can be provided by the program management device.

(16) A configuration information acquisition request is transmitted from the program management apparatus to the management target apparatus when the predetermined condition is satisfied,
The management target device returns its configuration information to the program management device in response to the acquisition request,
The program management device according to (14) or (15), wherein the program management device generates and transmits the set program based on configuration information received in response to the acquisition request. system.

(17) The program management system according to any one of (10) to (16), wherein the program management device further includes reception information storage means for accumulating and storing information received by the reception means. .

(18) The management target device includes a detection unit that detects a configuration of the device itself.
The program management system according to any one of (10) to (17), wherein the transmission control unit transmits configuration information indicating a configuration detected by the detection unit to the program management device.

  In the above invention, the management target device detects the configuration of the device itself, for example, the mounting state of the optional device and the mounting state of various functions.

(19) The managed device further includes notification means for notifying a user that a program has been received from the program management apparatus and stored in the storage means. Any of (10) to (18) The program management system as described in any one.

  In the above-described invention, the presence of a new program is notified to the user by display on the operation panel, warning sound, transmission of e-mail, or the like.

(20) The program according to any one of (10) to (19), wherein the program is a program executed by the management target device or a driver program of the management target device executed by an information processing device. Management device.

(21) The management target device transmits the driver program received from the program management device to an information processing device connected to the device itself. (10) The configuration is any one of (10) to (20), Program management system.

  In the above invention, the management target device transmits the driver program obtained from the program management device to the information processing device connected to the own device. The transmission timing may be arbitrary.

(22) a step in which the server obtains configuration information of the management target device;
The server generating a program set according to the configuration information;
And a step of transmitting the set program from the server.

(23) The server obtains related information related to program settings;
The server generating a program set according to the related information;
The server includes a step of transmitting the set program.

  According to the program management apparatus, the program management system, and the program providing method according to the present invention, the program management apparatus generates and provides the program set according to the configuration information of the management target apparatus. Without burdening the processing, it is possible to reduce the user burden related to the program update and the initial setting after the update.

  In addition, since the program already set on the program management device side is generated, the basic data for setting only needs to be updated on the program management device. Compared to the setting on each device at the download destination, The latest information can be reflected in the selection and setting of programs quickly and in detail.

  Hereinafter, embodiments of the present invention will be described with reference to the drawings.

  FIG. 1 shows a configuration of a program management system 5 according to the embodiment of the present invention. The program management system 5 includes a management server 10 that manages program updates, an image forming apparatus 30 as a management target apparatus (managed apparatus) of the management server 10, an image forming apparatus 30, and a LAN (Local Area Network) 3. And an information processing apparatus 50 connected thereto. The management server 10 is connected to a network 2 such as the Internet, and the LAN 3 is connected to the network 2 via a firewall (not shown). The management server 10 and the image forming apparatus 30 are configured to be communicable via the network 2 and the LAN 3.

  The program management system 5 is a system for updating the firmware of the image forming apparatus 30 and programs such as a printer driver installed in the information processing apparatus 50 connected to the image forming apparatus 30 from the management server 10.

  The information processing apparatus 50 is configured by a personal computer or the like and is also called a client PC. The information processing apparatus 50 has a function of requesting printing to the image forming apparatus 30 and stores a printer driver 51 that generates print data to be sent to the image forming apparatus 30. The version information of the printer driver 51 is added to the print request. Also, a function for receiving the latest driver notification indicating the presence of the latest printer driver from the image forming apparatus 30 and an OS (... Operating System) for installing and upgrading the latest printer driver received from the image forming apparatus 30. ) It has a function.

  The image forming apparatus 30 is configured as a digital multi-function peripheral having a document copy function, a scanner function, a printer function, a facsimile function, and the like, and includes an automatic document feeder (ADF ... Auto Document Feeder) 32 and a finisher device in a main body 31. (FNS ... finisher) 33, a paper feed unit 34, a fax unit 48 and the like are mounted. The finisher device 33 is a device that performs post-processing for making printed paper into a booklet, and has functions such as making holes in the paper, folding the paper into two or three, and binding with staples. An optional device that fulfills.

  The main body 31 includes a CPU (Central Processing Unit) 35 that controls the overall operation, a flash memory 37, a RAM (Random Access Memory) 38, a storage means 39, and an HDD (Hard Disk Drive) 41 via a bus 36. A network connection unit 42, an I / F (Interface) unit 43, an operation display unit 44, a scanner unit 45, and a printer unit 46. An automatic document feeder 32, a finisher device 33, a paper feed unit 34, and a fax unit 48 are connected to the I / F unit 43.

  The scanner unit 45 performs a function of optically reading a document to acquire image data, and the printer unit 46 functions to print an image on a recording sheet. The flash memory 37 is a memory in which a program (firmware) executed by the CPU 35 and various data referred to by the CPU 35 are stored in advance, and a RAM 38 is a work memory that temporarily stores various data when the CPU 35 executes the program. And an image memory for temporarily storing image data.

  The storage unit 39 functions to store firmware downloaded from the management server 10 and programs such as a printer driver provided to the information processing apparatus 50. The HDD 41 is a large-capacity hard disk device, and stores image data and various data in a nonvolatile manner. The HDD 41 may be configured to be added as an optional device without being initially equipped.

  The network connection unit 42 performs a communication function for exchanging various data with an external terminal such as the management server 10 or the information processing apparatus 50 via the LAN 3 or the network 2.

  The CPU 35 receives the print data from the information processing apparatus 50 via the network connection unit 42, and the version information of the printer driver 51 stored in the information processing apparatus 50 and the version of the printer driver stored in the storage unit 39. The information is compared with the information to determine whether or not the printer driver 51 on the information processing apparatus 50 side needs to be updated. Also, the function of transmitting the latest driver notification to the information processing apparatus 50 via the network connection unit 42 and the function of transmitting and supplying the latest printer driver to the information processing apparatus 50 are achieved.

  Further, the CPU 35 has a function as a detection unit that detects the apparatus configuration of the image forming apparatus 30. For example, the apparatus configuration of the image forming apparatus 30 is detected by detecting whether or not the automatic document feeder 32, the finisher apparatus 33, the paper feed unit 34, the HDD 41, and the like are installed, the model, and the presence or absence of a FAX kit for providing a facsimile function. The configuration information indicating is generated. In addition, the configuration information and the device information including the firmware and printer driver type and version information stored in the storage unit 39, the model information of the image forming apparatus 30, the machine number, and the like are transmitted to the management server 10 through the network connection unit 42. It functions as transmission control means for transmission.

  Further, the CPU 35 receives a notification indicating the presence of the latest firmware or the latest printer driver from the management server 10 or receives a program such as firmware or printer driver from the management server 10 via the network connection unit 42. Serves as a function. Further, it has a function of rewriting the operating firmware in the flash memory 37 to the received firmware to upgrade the version. Also, it functions as a notification means for notifying the user through the operation display unit 44 that the program has been received from the management server 10 and stored in the storage means 39.

  The management server 10 includes a communication unit 12, a reception information storage unit 13, a management master 14, a program generation unit 15, an authentication unit 16, and a program storage unit 17. Connected and configured.

  The control unit 11 controls the entire operation of the management server 10. The communication unit 12 functions to communicate with the image forming apparatus 30 via the network 2 and the LAN 3. Specifically, the function as a reception unit that receives device information including configuration information, firmware and printer driver type and version information, model information, and machine number from the image forming apparatus 30, firmware generated by the program generation unit 15, A function as a transmission unit that transmits a program such as a printer driver to the image forming apparatus 30 and a function of notifying the image forming apparatus 30 that uses an older version of firmware or printer driver of the presence of the latest firmware or printer driver. .

  The authenticating unit 16 performs a function of authenticating the right when downloading the program to the image forming apparatus 30, and performs authentication using, for example, an operator and an ID and password of the image forming apparatus.

  The reception information storage unit 13 has a function of accumulating and storing information such as configuration information and version information received from the image forming apparatus 30. The control unit 11 has a function of centrally managing configuration information and version information of each image forming apparatus 30 based on information stored and stored in the reception information storage unit 13.

  The program storage unit 17 has a function of storing a program that can be provided from the management server 10 to each image forming apparatus 30. The program storage unit 17 stores the latest firmware and the latest printer driver provided from manufacturers and sellers of various image forming apparatuses.

  The management master 14 registers the latest firmware and the latest printer driver type and version information for each model.

  The program generation unit 15 selects a program to be transmitted to the image forming apparatus 30 from programs stored in the program storage unit 17 based on the configuration information and version information received from the image forming apparatus 30. Of the various setting items of the selected program, at least some of the setting items are set according to the configuration information of the image forming apparatus 30. That is, according to the configuration information of the image forming apparatus 30, the function of generating a program (program customized for the image forming apparatus 30) in which setting values are set in some of the setting items is achieved.

  More specifically, the configuration information or version information received from the image forming apparatus 30 is compared with the registered contents of the management master 14 to determine whether the program needs to be updated. Based on the determination result, the control unit 11 notifies the image forming apparatus 30 using the old version firmware or the old version printer driver of the latest firmware and the latest printer driver.

  The program generation unit 15 selects firmware and a printer driver to be downloaded to the image forming apparatus 30 including their version and combination based on the configuration information and version information received from the image forming apparatus 30. These programs are set and customized according to the configuration information of the image forming apparatus 30.

  2 and 3 show a basic flow of the program update operation performed in the program management system 5. FIG. FIG. 2 shows a case where the update operation is started by an instruction from the outside of the management server 10, and FIG. 3 shows a case where the update operation is started due to establishment of a predetermined condition managed on the management server 10 side.

  In FIG. 2, the image forming apparatus 30 receives an update instruction from the administrator, automatic periodic update, or a remote update instruction from a customer engineer's mobile terminal or the like input from the operation display unit 44 (step S101). The management server 10 collects device information such as the configuration information of the apparatus itself, the type and version information of the program (firmware, printer driver, etc.) stored in the storage means 39, the model information of the image forming apparatus 30 and the machine number. (Step S102). The configuration information includes, for example, the configuration and number of trays, the presence / absence of a duplex printing function, the presence / absence of post-processing functions such as stapling and punching, the presence / absence of a sorting function, the presence / absence of a fax function, There are installed capacity.

  When the management server 10 receives information such as configuration information and version information from the image forming apparatus 30 (step S103), the management server 10 compares the program stored on the management server 10 side with the new and old versions to determine whether or not the update is necessary. If it is determined (step S104) and it is determined that updating is unnecessary (step S104; N), a notification indicating that updating is not necessary is transmitted to the image forming apparatus 30 (not shown), and the process ends (end). The configuration information and version information received from the image forming apparatus 30 are stored and managed in the reception information storage unit 13.

  When it is determined that updating is necessary (step S104; Y), firmware and printer drivers to be downloaded to the image forming apparatus 30 are selected from the configuration information and version information in an appropriate combination (step S105), and the image forming apparatus 30 is further updated. A program set in accordance with the configuration information from is generated (step S106), and the set program is transmitted to the image forming apparatus 30 (step S107).

  The image forming apparatus 30 receives the program from the management server 10 (step S108), updates its own firmware (step S109), and further transmits the latest printer driver to the information processing apparatus 50 if necessary (step S109). Step S110), the installation is completed and the process is terminated (END).

  In the process shown in FIG. 3, the program update process is started from the management server 10. For example, when a program stored in the program storage unit 17 of the management server 10 is updated due to correction of a serious problem, a program update instruction is transmitted from the management server 10 to each image forming apparatus 30 at the same time. (Step S121). This update instruction is also an acquisition request for configuration information and version information to each image forming apparatus 30, and the image forming apparatus 30 that has received the update instruction (step S122) stores the configuration information indicating the configuration of the own apparatus and the storage of the own apparatus. The program version information stored in the means 39 is returned to the management server 10 (step S123). The operations after receiving the configuration information and the version information (steps S124 to S131) are the same as steps S103 to S110 in FIG.

  Next, a difference between the case where a set printer driver generated according to the configuration information received from the image forming apparatus 30 is used and the case where a standard printer driver is used will be described.

  FIG. 4 shows an initial state of the option setting screen 60 displayed by a standard printer driver installed in the information processing apparatus 50. In the standard printer driver, the state in which no optional device is set (the state in which it is not installed) is the initial state. In the example of FIG. 4, the paper feed unit setting field 61, the paper discharge unit setting field 62, the FAX kit setting field 66, and the hard disk setting field 67 are all set to “none”, the punch kit setting field 63, the cover sheet feeder setting field. 64, all punch Z-fold unit setting fields 65 are grayed out and inoperable. In the illustration display field 68 for displaying the apparatus configuration as an illustration, an image forming apparatus in a state where the finisher device 33, the optional paper feeding unit 34, and the like are not mounted is displayed in a simulated manner. The model setting column 69 can select a model of the same series (series machine), and is displayed in the option setting column from the paper feed unit setting column 61 to the hard disk setting column 67 depending on the selected model. The type of option changes.

  Normally, a user who knows the apparatus configuration of the image forming apparatus 30 from such a state manually performs setting for each optional apparatus using a pull-down menu 70 as shown in FIG.

  For example, this printer driver has two types of target image forming apparatuses, three types of paper feed units that can be mounted, five types of paper discharge units, six types of punch kits, and so on. There are many. For this reason, it is difficult and complicated for a general user to accurately determine which option should be selected on the option setting screen 60.

  On the other hand, when a printer driver that has been set according to the configuration information of the image forming apparatus 30 is downloaded from the management server 10, a set option setting screen 60b as shown in FIG. 6 is displayed immediately after downloading. The user uses the printer driver with settings suitable for the current configuration of the image forming apparatus 30 without making any settings after installation, and requests printing (generates print data) from the image forming apparatus 30. be able to.

  Next, various operations for each apparatus constituting the program management system 5 will be described.

  FIG. 7 shows the flow of version management processing performed by the management server 10. The management server 10 receives device information such as version information, model information, and machine number of the program (firmware and printer driver) stored in the storage means 39 from the image forming apparatus 30 (step S201), and from among them, the model The information / machine number is extracted (step S202), and it is determined whether or not this apparatus is a management target apparatus (step S203). If the device is not a management target device (step S203; N), the processing is terminated as it is (end). If the device is a management target device (step S203; Y), the version management processing is executed (step S204) and the processing is terminated (step S204). End). In the version management process, a process of accumulating and storing the received device information in the reception information storage unit 13 is performed.

  FIG. 8 shows an example of the version management file 80 accumulated and stored in the reception information storage means 13. Each time the device information of the management target device is received, the version management file 80 stores the model information 81 of the management target device, the information collection date 82, the machine number 83, and the type of program or driver according to the received contents. Each version information 84 is accumulated and stored in association with each other.

  FIG. 9 shows the flow of the version comparison process performed by the management server 10. The management server 10 receives device information such as version information, model information, and machine number of the program (firmware and printer driver) stored in the storage means 39 from the image forming apparatus 30 (step S221). The information / machine number is extracted (step S222), and it is determined whether or not this apparatus is a management target apparatus (step S223). If the device is not a management target device (step S223; N), the processing is ended as it is (end), and if it is a management target device (step S223; Y), the version comparison processing is executed (step S224), and the processing is ended (step S224). End).

  In the version comparison process, the received firmware and printer driver version information is compared with the version management master data 90 (see FIG. 10) stored in the management master 14, and the old version firmware or printer driver is used. If so, it is determined that the latest firmware or the latest printer driver needs to be updated, and the corresponding program is downloaded. In the version management master data 90, model information 91, master data management number 92, date 93 registered in the master data, and latest version version information 94 for each type of program or driver are stored in association with each other. . The version management master data 90 is provided by, for example, various image forming apparatus 30 manufacturers and updated to the latest one.

  When the version management master data 90 is updated, the latest updated master data is compared with the device information stored and stored in the reception information storage means 13, and the old version firmware or printer driver is used. The image forming apparatus 30 is notified that the latest firmware and the latest printer driver exist, and the corresponding program is downloaded.

  FIG. 11 shows the flow of program download processing performed in the management server 10. The management server 10 receives configuration information, device information such as version information of the program (firmware and printer driver), model information, and machine number from the image forming apparatus 30 (step S241), and extracts model information and machine number from the device information. (Step S242), it is determined whether or not this device is a management target device (Step S243). If the device is not a management target device (step S243; N), the processing ends as it is (end). In the case of a management target device (step S243; Y), it is determined whether there is a program that needs to be upgraded (step S244), and if there is no need for version upgrade (step S244; N), the process is terminated as it is. (End)

  When version upgrade is necessary (step S224; Y), configuration information and version information are extracted from the received device information (step S245), a set program is generated based on these information, Downloading to the corresponding image forming apparatus 30 (step S246), the process ends (end).

  When the program is updated all at once from the management server 10 side, the processing shown in FIG. 11 is performed for all the image forming apparatuses 30 to be managed.

  FIG. 12 shows step S246 (download file generation processing) of FIG. 11 in more detail. First, a program to be downloaded is selected from the configuration information of the image forming apparatus 30 (step S251), and further, a program that needs to be updated is selected based on the new and old version information (step S252). For example, even when the ADF control program is selected as the download target from the configuration information, if the latest version is already on the image forming apparatus 30 side, it is determined that the ADF control program does not need to be updated.

  For the program that is finally determined to be updated, settings are made according to the configuration information of the image forming apparatus 30 (step S253). For example, a program customized for the image forming apparatus 30 according to the configuration information can be generated by embedding the setting value according to the configuration information as an initial value in a standard program. In addition, programs having various setting states are generated in advance and stored in the program storage unit 17, and a set program is selected by selecting a setting state program corresponding to the configuration information of the image forming apparatus 30 from among them. May be configured to generate.

  Thereafter, the set program is compressed (step S254), and the process ends (END). The download time is shortened by compressing.

  FIG. 13 shows the operation of the image forming apparatus 30 that has received a program download from the management server 10. When the image forming apparatus 30 finishes storing the firmware, printer driver, and other programs received from the management server 10 in the storage unit 39 (step S301), the image forming apparatus 30 notifies the administrator and the user that the program has been stored (step S302). For example, the operation display unit 44 is notified by performing a predetermined display. At this time, the type and version of the program may be displayed together. When the administrator or user determines whether or not to update based on the display, and receives a selection to update the firmware (step S303; Y), a new program (firmware) stored in the storage means 39 is used. The firmware in the flash memory 37 is updated (step S304).

  FIG. 14 shows the operation of the image forming apparatus 30 that has received a print request from the information processing apparatus 50. When a print request (print data) is received from the information processing device 50 (step S321), the version information of the printer driver installed in the information processing device 50 is acquired from the information included in the print request (step S322). Are compared with the latest version information of the printer driver stored in the storage means 39 (step S323).

  If the printer driver of the information processing apparatus 50 is already the latest version (step S324; Y), the printing operation corresponding to the print data is executed as it is (not shown), and the processing is ended (END). On the other hand, if the printer driver of the information processing apparatus 50 is not the latest version (step S324; N), the information processing apparatus 50 is notified that the printer driver needs to be updated (step S325), and the user on the information processing apparatus 50 side is notified. Receives the option to update / do not update. If a selection to update is received (step S326; Y), the latest printer driver is read from the storage means 39 and transmitted to the information processing device 50 (step S327), and the information processing device 50 is installed and processed. End (end).

  The timing for transmitting the latest printer driver to the information processing apparatus 50 is not limited to the above. For example, the presence of a new printer driver may be notified to the user by e-mail or the like, and the new printer driver may be transmitted to the information processing apparatus 50 when an update instruction is given from the user at an arbitrary timing.

  The embodiment of the present invention has been described with reference to the drawings. However, the specific configuration is not limited to that shown in the embodiment, and there are changes and additions within the scope of the present invention. Are also included in the present invention.

  For example, notification of device information such as configuration information and version information from the image forming apparatus 30 to the management server 10 may be performed by e-mail or another method. The same applies to notifications such as the presence of the latest printer driver from the image forming apparatus 30 to the information processing apparatus 50.

  In the embodiment, a printer driver has been described as an example of a set program. However, in the firmware on the image forming apparatus 30 side, if there are items to be set according to the apparatus configuration, they are received from the image forming apparatus 30. The firmware set according to the configuration information is generated by the management server 10 and downloaded to the image forming apparatus 30. The driver program is not limited to the printer driver, and may be a scanner driver for using the scanner unit 45 of the image forming apparatus 30 from the information processing apparatus 50, for example.

  Further, when there are a plurality of information processing apparatuses 50 connected to the image forming apparatus 30, it is preferable that the set printer driver is distributed from the image forming apparatus 30 to the plurality of information processing apparatuses 50.

  Furthermore, the transmission source of configuration information and the like is not limited to the management target device. For example, the configuration information of the image forming apparatus 30 and the version information of the program may be collected on the information processing apparatus 50 side, and the information may be transmitted from the information processing apparatus 50 to the management server 10. A printer driver installed in the information processing apparatus 50 may have such a function.

  Further, the transmission destination of the set program generated by the management server 10 is not limited to the management target device. For example, a program such as a printer driver may be transmitted from the management server 10 to the information processing apparatus 50.

  The configuration information is not limited to that exemplified in the embodiment, and may be information related to setting of a program downloaded from the management server 10. For example, apart from the device configuration, the current setting content of items that can be set by the user according to his / her preference is transmitted from the managed device to the management server 10, and the latest version of the program set according to the content May be generated by the management server 10 and provided to the management target device. Thereby, the user settings in the old version are automatically taken over even after the version upgrade.

  In addition, in the embodiment, a digital multi-function peripheral is exemplified as the image forming apparatus 30. However, a copier, a facsimile machine, a printer, or the like may be used.

It is explanatory drawing which shows the structure of the program management system concerning embodiment of this invention. It is a flowchart which shows the basic flow of the program update operation performed with the program management system concerning embodiment of this invention. It is a flowchart which shows the basic flow of the program update operation | movement when issuing an update instruction from a management server. FIG. 6 is an explanatory diagram illustrating an initial state of an option setting screen displayed by a standard printer driver. FIG. 10 is an explanatory diagram illustrating an example of a state in which a user manually sets each item from a pull-down menu on an option setting screen displayed by a standard printer driver. FIG. 6 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a state where setting by a user is completed, or an initial state of an option setting screen displayed by a set printer driver. It is a flowchart which shows the flow of the version management process which a management server performs. It is explanatory drawing which shows an example of the version management file accumulate | stored and stored in a received information storage means. It is a flowchart which shows the flow of the version comparison process which a management server performs. It is explanatory drawing which shows an example of the version management master memorize | stored in the management master. It is a flowchart which shows the flow of the download process of the program performed with a management server. It is a flowchart which shows the detail of the download file production | generation process which a management server performs. 6 is a flowchart illustrating an operation of an image forming apparatus that has received a program download from a management server. 5 is a flowchart illustrating an operation of an image forming apparatus that has received a print request from an information processing apparatus.

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2 ... Network 3 ... LAN
DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 5 ... Program management system 10 ... Management server 11 ... Control part 12 ... Communication part 13 ... Reception information storage means 14 ... Management master 15 ... Program generation means 16 ... Authentication means 17 ... Program storage part 30 ... Image forming apparatus 31 ... Main body 32 ... Automatic document feeder 33 ... Finisher device 34 ... Feeding unit 35 ... CPU
36 ... Bus 37 ... Flash memory 38 ... RAM
39 ... Storage means 41 ... HDD
42 ... Network connection unit 43 ... I / F unit 44 ... Operation display unit 45 ... Scanner unit 46 ... Printer unit 48 ... Fax unit 50 ... Information processing device 51 ... Printer driver 60 ... Option setting screen 61 ... Paper feed unit setting field 62 ... Discharge unit setting field 63 ... Punch kit setting field 64 ... Cover sheet feeder setting field 65 ... Punch Z folding unit setting field 66 ... FAX kit setting field 67 ... Hard disk setting field 68 ... Device illustration display field 69 ... Model setting field 70 ... pull-down menu 80 ... version control file 90 ... version control master data

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  1. Receiving means for receiving configuration information of the managed device;
    Program generating means for generating a program in which at least a part of setting items is set according to the configuration information received by the receiving means;
    A program management apparatus comprising: a transmission unit configured to transmit a set program generated by the program generation unit.
  2. The program generation unit further selects a program to be transmitted to the management target device based on the configuration information received by the reception unit, and at least a part of setting items is set according to the configuration information The program management apparatus according to claim 1, wherein:
  3. The receiving means further receives version information of a program stored in the managed device,
    The program management apparatus according to claim 2, wherein the program generation unit selects the program in consideration of the version information.
  4. 4. The program update process including generation and transmission of the set program is executed based on an instruction from the management target device or an external terminal. 5. Program management device.
  5. 4. The program update processing including generation and transmission of the set program is executed when a predetermined condition is established on the program management device side. 5. Program management device.
  6. The program management apparatus according to claim 5, wherein the predetermined condition includes a change in a program that can be provided by the program management apparatus.
  7. Due to the establishment of the predetermined condition, the program management device transmits a configuration information acquisition request to the management target device, and the set program is based on the configuration information received in response to the acquisition request. The program management apparatus according to claim 5 or 6, wherein:
  8. The program management apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising reception information storage means for storing and storing information received by the reception means.
  9. The program according to claim 1, wherein the program is a program executed by the management target device or a driver program of the management target device executed by an information processing device used in connection with the management target device. 8. The program management device according to 8.
  10. In a program management system in which a program management device and a management target device are connected via a network,
    The managed device is:
    Transmission control means for transmitting configuration information of the device itself to the program management device;
    Reception control means for receiving a program from the program management device;
    Storage means for storing the program received from the program management device,
    The program management device includes:
    Receiving means for receiving the configuration information transmitted by the managed device;
    Program generating means for generating a program in which at least a part of setting items is set according to the configuration information received by the receiving means;
    A program management system comprising: a transmission unit configured to transmit the set program generated by the program generation unit to the management target device.
  11. The program management system according to claim 10, wherein the program generation unit generates a program selected based on the configuration information received by the reception unit and set according to the configuration information.
  12. The management target device further transmits version information of the program stored in the storage means to the program management device,
    The program management system according to claim 11, wherein the program management device receives the version information transmitted from the management target device, and further selects the program in consideration of the version information.
  13. The program management device executes a program update process including generation and transmission of the set program based on an instruction from the management target device or an external terminal. The program management system as described in any one.
  14. The program update processing including generation and transmission of the set program is executed when a predetermined condition managed by the program management device is satisfied. 13. Program management system.
  15. The program management system according to claim 14, wherein the predetermined condition includes a change of a program that can be provided by the program management device.
  16. Sending a configuration information acquisition request from the program management device to the management target device when the predetermined condition is satisfied,
    The management target device returns its configuration information to the program management device in response to the acquisition request,
    The program management system according to claim 14 or 15, wherein the program management device generates and transmits the set program based on configuration information received in response to the acquisition request.
  17. The program management system according to any one of claims 10 to 16, wherein the program management device further includes reception information storage means for accumulating and storing information received by the reception means.
  18. The management target device has detection means for detecting the configuration of the device itself,
    The program management system according to any one of claims 10 to 17, wherein the transmission control unit transmits configuration information indicating the configuration detected by the detection unit to the program management device.
  19. The said management object apparatus further has a notification means to notify a user that the program was received from the said program management apparatus and it memorize | stored in the said memory | storage means. The one of Claim 10 thru | or 18 characterized by the above-mentioned. Program management system.
  20. The program management apparatus according to claim 10, wherein the program is a program executed by the management target apparatus or a driver program of the management target apparatus executed by an information processing apparatus.
  21. The program management system according to any one of claims 10 to 20, wherein the management target device transmits a driver program received from the program management device to an information processing device connected to the device itself.
  22. A server obtaining configuration information of a management target device;
    The server generating a program set according to the configuration information;
    And a step of transmitting the set program from the server.
  23. The server obtains relevant information relating to the configuration of the program;
    The server generating a program set according to the related information;
    The server includes a step of transmitting the set program.
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