Patent Number: 8,578,376

Title: Automatically and securely configuring and updating virtual machines

Abstract: A method and program product for automatically and securely updating software on a virtual machine (VM). A VM coming online in a virtualized server is detected. A current version of the software that is installed on the VM is determined. The current version is determined to not match an updated version of the software available from a remote update server via a network. The updated version of the software is received from the remote update server and via the network without the VM being connected to the network. A confirmation is received indicating that the updated version of the software is installed on the VM. In response to receiving the confirmation, the VM is connected to the network.

Inventors: Natchadalingam; Manikandan (Bangalore, IN), Patel; Pradeep (Karnataka, IN)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G06F 9/455 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/05/12017