JP2009223778A - Program distribution device by virtual machine image - Google Patents

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JP2009223778A
JP2009223778A JP2008069737A JP2008069737A JP2009223778A JP 2009223778 A JP2009223778 A JP 2009223778A JP 2008069737 A JP2008069737 A JP 2008069737A JP 2008069737 A JP2008069737 A JP 2008069737A JP 2009223778 A JP2009223778 A JP 2009223778A
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An object of the present invention is to provide a program distribution technique that allows a user to distribute an evaluation version of a program with almost no burden of preparing an operating environment.
A virtual machine image holding a virtual machine image in which a distribution target program is installed on an operating system of a version and a patch level according to the specification of the distribution target program, and a program on which the distribution target program depends is further installed A storage means is prepared. When the distribution target program and the program on which the distribution target program depends cannot be operated on the same machine, each of the distribution target programs is held as an individual virtual machine image, and a virtual machine image including the distribution target program requested by the user And a virtual machine image including a program on which the distribution target program depends can be individually distributed.
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  The present invention relates to a program distribution apparatus that provides a virtual machine image in which a program requested by a user is installed via a network.

In the conventional program distribution method from a vendor, the user obtains an installation image using the Internet or a CD-ROM medium, prepares hardware resources according to the operating environment requirements of the program, and installs the OS. It was necessary to prepare the version and patch level to match the requirements of the operating environment, and to set up the dependent programs together. Further, in Patent Document 1 below, the program distribution server includes first information indicating what functions the software supplied from an external vendor has, and which functions among the functions are the software. Second information indicating whether the software has been changed due to a version upgrade, third information indicating which of the plurality of software is used by the dependent software incorporated in the user terminal and operating depending on the software; And updating the software to be distributed to the user terminal based on the first to fourth information, which has the fourth information indicating which function of the dependence destination software to be used is used. A technique for determining availability is disclosed.
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  As described above, in order to use a program for the purpose of use, it is necessary to prepare a program operating environment in addition to installing the program. For the preparation of the operating environment, dedicated hardware or a program intended for operation Other expertise such as authentication systems and databases may be required. For this reason, it may be difficult for some users to introduce.

  In some cases, the vendor provides the user with an evaluation version of the program and wants the user to evaluate it. Even when such evaluation versions of programs are used, the evaluation user may need to prepare a large number of preparation environments before the evaluation version programs are operated. For this reason, there is a possibility that a sufficient evaluation result cannot be obtained without taking time for the original program evaluation. This is an undesirable situation not only for evaluation users but also for vendors on the program provider side.

  According to the technique described in Patent Document 1, software dependency management can be performed to some extent. However, for example, in the distribution of the evaluation version of the program described above, there is a case where it is necessary to prepare a predetermined server on another machine in order to operate the program to be evaluated. This technology cannot handle it.

  SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION An object of the present invention is to provide a program distribution technique that enables distribution of, for example, an evaluation version of a program or the like with almost no burden on a user for preparing an operating environment.

  In order to achieve the above object, the present invention provides a program distribution device that distributes a program in response to a request from a user terminal device. A virtual machine image storage means for holding a virtual machine image, which is installed on the system and further depends on a program on which the distribution target program depends, and a virtual machine image including the distribution target program in response to a request from a user terminal device Download providing means for distributing the virtual machine image, and when the distribution target program and the program on which the distribution target program depends cannot operate on the same machine, each of them is stored as the virtual machine image as an individual virtual machine image. hand Held in, characterized in that the virtual machine image to each can distribute individually containing a program virtual machine image and said distribution target program depends containing distribution target program requested by the user.

  When there is a program download request from a user, the available user data in which information related to the usage authority of each user is stored in advance is referred to, and a virtual machine image in which a program corresponding to the user authority is installed is downloaded. To do.

  According to the present invention, there is an effect that various programs can be used immediately by obtaining and operating a virtual machine image in which all of the programs are prepared without requiring the user to prepare the OS and dependent programs.

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

  FIG. 1 is a system configuration diagram showing an embodiment of a virtual machine distribution system to which the present invention is applied. This system includes a virtual machine distribution server 10, a user terminal device 20, a user-side virtual machine operating server 30, and the Internet 40 connecting them.

  The user terminal device 20 is an information processing device such as a personal computer. The user terminal device 20 has a function of accessing a program download guide homepage published on the Internet 40 by the virtual machine distribution server 10 and displaying a screen for applying user information and a program to be obtained. Access means 201 and download means 202 for issuing a download request to the virtual machine distribution system 10 and executing the download are provided.

  The user side virtual machine operating server 30 includes virtual machine operating means 301. The virtual machine operating unit 301 is predetermined software related to a virtualization technology called a so-called virtual machine operating OS. By loading a virtual machine image on the virtual machine operating server 30 and operating it under the virtual machine operating means 301, an operation as if it were a single machine can be realized. Of course, a plurality of virtual machines can be operated under the virtual machine operating means 301.

  The virtual machine distribution server 10 is configured by an information processing device such as a workstation or a server, and includes a user information collating unit 101, a distribution virtual machine download providing unit 102, and a storage device 103. The storage device 103 stores available user data 104, distribution program data 105, and a virtual machine image 106. The user information collating means 101 has a function of accepting user information from a user who wishes to distribute a program and collating it with available user data 104 in which information on a program that can be used by the user is recorded. The virtual machine download providing means 102 displays a download screen on which a list of virtual machines in which downloadable programs are installed is described for the user collated with the available user data 104. Various types of information regarding the distributable program are stored in the distribution program data 105. The virtual machine download providing means 102 distributes a virtual machine image selected by the user from the virtual machine list screen. The virtual machine image to be distributed is stored in the virtual machine image 106.

  In the above configuration, first, the user accesses the virtual machine distribution server 10 with the user terminal device 20. When the user inputs user information on the user terminal device 20, the user terminal device 20 displays a download screen of a list of programs that can be distributed to the user. When the user selects a program to be downloaded on the download screen, a virtual machine image in which the program is installed is downloaded from the virtual machine distribution server 10. The downloaded virtual machine image is arranged on the virtual machine operating server 30, and the virtual machine is activated and the program is used.

  The procedure will be described in detail below.

  FIG. 2 is a flowchart showing the processes of the user information collating unit 101 and the virtual machine download providing unit 102 that accept and collate user information from the user terminal device 20.

  First, the user accesses the user information input screen of the virtual machine distribution server 10 using the access means 201 of the user terminal device 20 (step 2001). In response to this, the virtual machine distribution server 10 transmits a user information input screen to the user terminal device 20 (step 2002). As a result, a user information input screen is displayed on the user terminal device 20. Therefore, the user inputs user ID information and transmits it to the virtual machine distribution server 10 (step 2003). The virtual machine distribution server 10 searches the available user data 104 based on the transmitted user information, and acquires a list of programs that can be used by the user (step 2004). The virtual machine distribution server 10 displays a list screen of the acquired distributable programs on the user terminal device 20 (step 2005).

  FIG. 3 shows an example of a distributable program list screen displayed on the user terminal device 20. For example, program A, the distribution target, requires an operating environment with an initial memory capacity of 1 GB, an initial HDD capacity of C drive: 10 GB, D drive: 30 GB, and an OS of Windows (registered trademark) 2003 with service pack SP1. It is shown. It also shows that SQL2005 is required as a dependent application.

  Next, the user selects a necessary program from the list of distributable programs using the download means 201 of the user terminal device 20, and downloads it (steps 2006 and 2007). At this time, the virtual machine download providing means 102 of the virtual machine distribution server 10 reads out the virtual machine image including the selected program from the virtual machine image 106 and provides it to the download request source. For example, when the program A in FIG. 3 is selected, a virtual machine image having a necessary operating environment and having already installed dependent applications is downloaded.

  The downloaded virtual machine image is arranged on the virtual machine operating server 30 in the user terminal device 20 (step 2008). The virtual machine image arranged on the virtual machine operating server 30 is activated under the virtual machine operating means 301. As a result, the OS of the virtual machine based on the virtual machine image is started and the program can be used (step 2009).

  Although not shown in FIG. 3, when the user selects a target program to be downloaded, it is a dependent program necessary for operating the target program and needs to be operated on a machine different from the target program. If there are dependent programs, the user is notified of this. For example, when the program A is selected in FIG. 3, if it is necessary to operate the program D on another machine in order to operate the program A, a message is displayed to the user that the program D exists as a dependent program. It is to inform. Further, in this case, in addition to the message display, a virtual machine image including the program A and a virtual machine image including the program D may be automatically distributed.

It is a system configuration figure of a system of an embodiment to which the present invention is applied. It is a flowchart which shows the flow which acquires the virtual machine image by embodiment, and operates a virtual machine image. It is a screen which shows the example of a downloadable program list.

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  DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 10 ... Virtual machine distribution server, 20 ... User terminal device, 30 ... Virtual machine operation server, 40 ... Internet, 101 ... User information collation means, 102 ... Virtual machine download provision means, 103 ... Storage device, 104 ... Available user data 105 ... Distribution program data, 106 ... Virtual machine image, 201 ... Access means, 202 ... Download means, 301 ... Virtual machine operating means.

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  1. A program distribution device that distributes a program in response to a request from a user terminal device,
    A virtual machine image storage means for holding a virtual machine image, in which a distribution target program is installed on an operating system of a version and a patch level according to the specification of the distribution target program, and a program on which the distribution target program depends is installed;
    Download providing means for distributing a virtual machine image including the distribution target program in response to a request from a user terminal device, and the distribution target program and the program on which the distribution target program depends cannot operate on the same machine. In some cases, each virtual machine image is held in the virtual machine image storage means as an individual virtual machine image, a virtual machine image including a distribution target program requested by a user, a virtual machine image including a program on which the distribution target program depends, and A program distribution device using a virtual machine image, which can be distributed individually.
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