Configuration - _USTN_SITE vs _USTN_WORKSPACEROOT

Many customised configurations use the _USTN_WORKSPACEROOT variable to redirect the application to a networked workspace. This is a brute force approach that requires everything in the C:\ProgramData\Bentley\MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries)\WorkSpace folder to be copied to the network including the ...\WorkSpace\System folder which will be identical on every machine. This is a waste of network bandwidth and has the potential for mismatches between files and application versions.

You could define  variable _USTN_SYSTEMROOT to point the system folder back to your local computer, but a simpler approach, and logically the right way round, is to selectively point to the things you want on the network by instead using _USTN_SITE which will redirect to the network version of the ...\WorkSpace\Standards folder.

See ABD SS6 - QuickConfig and MicroStation - QuickConfig Standard for examples of this approach.

A Heads Up: please note that there are major changes to the workspace configuration in MicroStation CONNECT Edition, I will come back to these is future posts.

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