I understand that a UPF file works best when stored locally. What about all the the XML preference files - Docking, GroupPanels, TaskNavigation?Can those be stored on a network user drive (with read/write/create permissions, of course)?
I think you posted this in the wrong forum.
However; there is no problem from my experience in storing these on a network drive. Bentley recommends not storing the .UPF on the network, many companies do it anyway and it typically isn't an issue.
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Since the UPF and the other files do separate things I guess they could be in different places, but personally I wouldn't do that.
Our recommendation is to have all the preferences local but as Rod says there is extensive use of network shares. The comment I would make on that is that as the UPF is written to throughout a MicroStation session and intensively written to when a session is closed, a slow network can sometimes corrupt the UPF.
I can where that would be a problem...
The biggest reasons for locating as much as possible on the network drives is so that things can be backed up, and so that preferences are available where-ever one might be logged in.
We have given up on trying to back these types of files up. The thought is that people can get them from back up if they go corrupt, but when was it backed up and when did it go corrupt? Easier to just rebuild them from the seed starting point, imho.
Regarding the follow the user idea. We use OneDrive to do this. So if onedrive is setup we use it else we use c:\. I think there is a way you can do this with Bentley Connection Client but to be honest its just easier to use onedrive for us.
_PDT_Udata_loc = C:/
_PDT_UFolder = Bentley_UserTools/
%if defined (OneDrive) && defined (OneDriveCommercial) && exists ($(OneDriveCommercial))
_USTN_HOMEROOT = $(OneDriveCommercial)/$(_PDT_UFolder)$(_ustn_product_name)/
%elif defined (_PDT_Udata_loc) && exists ($(_PDT_Udata_loc))
_USTN_HOMEROOT = $(_PDT_Udata_loc)$(_PDT_UFolder)$(_USTN_USERNAME)/$(_ustn_product_name)/
%error Exiting, No User data folders found. Please contact CADD support, this should never happen!