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28th May 2012, 09:34 PM #1
Windows 7 librarys set to network drive possible via this tool needs adding to wiki?
After searching the form I found a post relating to this free tool Zorn Software » Downloads - Simplicity is the Essence of Good Design it allows you to set your library's to unindexed drives/folders without any fuss
it is possible to do this via command line but a nice gui is always best for the less advanced users
the only reason i have posted this is because it is not in the wiki and i think it should be (unless you guys know any different
we use a mandatory profile for our users and the library part of windows 7 can be confusing (see all my help me posts regarding this) this program let me set the library's to the users network drives music pictures documents etc it also allows you to add others, im sure others would love this tool.
rep goes to themightymrp for the original post
"I have been doing a lot of experimenting with trying to get the Libraries feature working correctly this week and have finally managed it!
First off, find and download a program called Windows 7 Library Tool (its free).
Then, using a test system, navigate to "C:\Users\Default User\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries". Shift + Right click to open a command prompt here. Delete the 4 default *.library-ms files (they are XML but renamed).
Run the Library tool, create a new library and point it to a general location i.e. \\servername\share\%username% (for My Documents) or H:\ etc. NOTE - this tool allows you to add network locations that ARE NOT indexed This gets around the normal problem of not being able to add network places.
Create the necessary libraries as you would like them. I recreated the original 4 but pointed them to sub folders of the users own network share.
When done click Apply. This will build the necessary *.library-ms files in the folder mentioned above.
Using command prompt (windows explorer will attempt to copy the contents of the library location!), copy the library-ms files onto a central network share i.e. \\servername\netlogon\windows7\libraries
Now create a logon script that copies the contents of this share to the %appdata%\microsoft\windows\libraries folder. Thats it Each user on my network using Windows 7 has their libraries redirected onto their own network share.
Hope this helps"
if you are using mandatory profiles just create your library files and the copy them to your mandatory profile %appdata%\microsoft\windows\libraries folder
works a treat.
so for all those including me trying to get rid of library's you do not need to now. it makes windows 7 much more like it should be.
I hope this post helps out others
3 Thanks to round2it:
garethedmondson (29th May 2012), synaesthesia (14th June 2012), themightymrp (30th May 2012)
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30th May 2012, 04:31 PM #2
librarys working just fine now...windows 7 deployment 99% working how i want it
1st June 2012, 05:43 PM #3
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or simply edit the xml
i also started with a tool (shlib.exe from grimadmin) i put this in the users logon script.
now i just edit the xml library files and add the Network Drive u: - in our case.
1st June 2012, 06:51 PM #4
tool has a nice front end and has a backup facility etc.
very well written
no need to edit anything just point click away you go
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