Patent Number: 8,793,681

Title: Determining best practices for applying computer software patches

Abstract: In a method for making a recommendation for installing a software patch on a target computer, a computer identifies a first and a second set of computers from a group of computers. Each computer in the first set has hardware and software components, which are identical to each other or differ from each other by less than a predetermined measure. Each computer in the second set has hardware and software components, which are identical to each other or differ from each other by less than a predetermined measure. The computer selects one of the first and the second sets of computers such that the selected set of computers includes a higher number of computers with the software patch already installed.

Inventors: Ayachitula; Naga A. (Elmsford, NY), Chen; Ying (Beijing, CN), Puri; Rajeev (Huntersville, NC), Venugopal; Cashchakanithara (Naperville, IL), Xia; Li Jun (Tangshan, CN), Yang; Bo (Beijing, CN), Zeng; Sai (Yorktown Heights, NY)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G06F 9/44 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 7/29/12018