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Paths in profiles don't match on different machines

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12-18-2000 10:18 PM
I have users who need to log on to different computers, which have different installation drives/directories for AutoCAD. Because of this, the paths in the users profiles don't match and are giving errors for different settings.

Is there a way around this without having to set up different accounts for the users to log in with on different machines?
*Nehls, Kevin
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Re: Paths in profiles don't match on different machines

12-19-2000 12:22 AM in reply to: tcraigo
I take it that you are using roaming profiles then? One way that I can
think of that you might be able to get around this is to instead create a
different profile for each different configuration. Then create a different
shortcut on each user's desktop that uses the profile for that system's
configuration. This of course would require that the user has some basic
knowledge about computers, that's one thing you will have to educate them

The other way that I can think of would be to rebuild the all the CAD
workstations so that AutoCAD is installed to the same directory and that
each station has approximately, or exactly, the same setup. In the long run
(1 or more months) this would be much less of an administrative headache
than having multiple accounts for each user. IMO, having 10,000 accounts
for 10,000 users (1 for each user) is much easier to maintain and administer
than having 10,000 accounts for 1,000 users (10 for each user). This means
that each user may potentially have the same question for each account when
there is a problem, it also means that the user will have to maintain
passwords for multiple accounts (more than likely they'll get written down
and placed behind their cabinet or desk drawer)

just my .02 of a penny
Kevin Nehls
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12-19-2000 02:42 AM in reply to: tcraigo
Thanks for the reply, and yes, roaming profiles. Sorry I forgot to mention that.

When you say shortcut, are you just talking about specifying a different target and start-in path for the shortcut, or is there more to it than that? I'm not a AutoCAD user, I'm just the administrator.

Tom Craigo
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12-19-2000 03:13 AM in reply to: tcraigo
OK, I'm getting smarter, it's just taking a little longer :smileyhappy: I see in autocad where they can create different profiles. But, how would I use the shortcut to call up autocad using the different profile? Is that what you meant?
*Nehls, Kevin
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12-19-2000 04:19 AM in reply to: tcraigo
That's exactly what I meant. Use the \p switch in the target for the
shortcut. You can look this up in the help file, search for "start-up
switches". You may also see this in the shortcut that is already on the
desktop. You may also want to either remove the AutoCAD shortcut from the
Start|Programs|AutoCAD...... directory, or add the new ones there as well
(some user actually go the long way instead of using the desktop, other that
the Programs directory exist).

If you are an AutoCAD user then the help files are excellent, for people
like you (not an AutoCAD user), the help files leave a lot to be desired.
They are not very explanatory.

If you need anything else, just let us know.
Kevin Nehls
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