The next step in networking AECOsim Building Designer is making an individual's user preferences accessible from any machine that they log onto.
If your Windows system has implemented Roaming Profiles the user preferences can be stored there, the techniques described below can be adapted to use Roaming Profiles.
In this article I'll store the user preferences alongside the Company Dataset and other resources on the E:\ drive.
Create a template set of folders containing the sub-folders and BuildingDesigner.ucf in a suitable location on your network, F:\Installation\Templates for example. This can be copied and renamed manually. However, if like me you dislike this kind of repetitive task the following xcopy command can be run from the user's login and will copy the files into the the E:\ drive creating the user's own folder correctly named by use of the %USERNAME% Windows Environment variable.
xcopy "F:\Installation\Templates\UserTemplate\*.*" "E:\Users_OnNetwork\%USERNAME%\" /E /I /H /C /Y
This can be taken a step further by incorporating this line into a batch file that only needs to be double-clicked by the user to complete the task. I'll come back to this in a future article.
Copy from the template to Windows Roaming profiles using the %APPDATA% Environment variable.