The process of controlling, maintaining, and documenting maintenance and updates to computer software programs.
Version control (typically implemented via a selected software package and IT management procedures) is a critical component of team software and Web site development, preventing users from accidental file loss, allowing access to previous versions, branching, merging and the managing of releases, and audit trail capabilities. (Also see SourceSafe).
Referred to as the VCRM installed on a Windows system for Windows and Linux Proliant systems, and Software Distributor on HP-UX operating systems. Provides an overview of the software status for all managed ProLiant or Integrity systems and can update system software and firmware on those systems programmatically using predetermined criteria. Version control identifies systems that are running out-of-date system software, indicates if an upgrade is available, and provides reasons for upgrading. For HP-UX systems, Software Distributor can be launched from an HP SIM CMS against one or more installed HP-UX systems.