6. Using eProfile on a network
Specifying another folder for a user's work - network managers only.
You should not connect two different users to the same physical work folder unless you can guarantee
that only one person at a time can access the data. This would be an insecure way to work.
eProfile software is installed by default to the folder C:\program files\FSP\Version3.
Windows Vista does not allow data files created by the software to be lodged in the same folder as the
software. This makes sense when managing and maintaining machines. eProfile V3 uses Windows' standard data folder conventions. Unfortunately these differ between versions of Windows:
XP - C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\FSP\Version3
Vista - C:\ProgramData\FSP\Version3
This is the folder referred to internally by Windows as CSIDL_COMMON_APPDATA. Because it is an
all users folder you will find that different users of eProfile will be looking at the same data file on the
same computer and a single user on a network would need to use the same station each time. This
may be fine if the software is installed on a dedicated laptop that can work independently of a network.
It may be that you would prefer to nominate a specific network folder so that, for instance, the user can log on to any network machine and find the software, or you wish to keep data secure on the network.
If you need to change the folder then you can make this happen by creating a simple text file in
Notepad or similar and type in the preferred work folder, e.g. S:\USER22\FSP DATA (no final slash in
the folder name). Save this file in the default work folder (see table above) with the name
DataFolder.txt. Make sure that:
- you have set permissions on the folder to allow for creating and updating of data files
- subfolder creation is also permitted so that backups can be made.
If you wish to specify a folder that relates specifically to a network user, irrespective of which station is being used, then the user's Windows roaming data folder may be the answer. This will be useful if ease of access is a desirable. Enter roaming in the text file instead, and this will instruct eProfile to look in the user's roaming folders (referred to internally by Windows as CSIDL_APPDATA):
XP C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Application Data\FSP\Version3
Vista - C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Roaming\FSP\Version3
In the table above %USERNAME% would be replaced by the user's login name.
You should move all data files currently in the default folder to the new folder so that the user can carry on from where s/he left off.