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If you create connections to forecaster databases on a machine using roaming profiles when you log out and log back in to the machine they are gone and need to be recreated again.


The reason for this is that Forecaster 7 stores the connections on a user basis in an .ini file by default in c:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Forecaster\ .  This as you can see from the file path, is the users local folder not their roaming profile folder. So when the user logs back on, because roaming profiles are used the system checks the roaming profile folder and low and behold the connection details are not there.  Two options below to resolve.


Option 1: copy a Forecaster.ini file in and out of the user profile to a shared network path

This option is to define a log on and/or log off script via Group Policy that will copy the .INI file from a specific location to the local settings Forecaster folder within the users' profile folder. Such a script could be a vbscript or batch. Here's a batch script that will copy the .INI file from a network location to the current users profile.  Depending on what needs to take place, the scripts will become more complex.  The script below will load the network share file each time the user logs in.  A similar script could be crated to copy the user's forecaster.ini file back up to the network location to save any updates or local settings the user might have customized.



xcopy "\\networkshare\Microsoft\Forecaster\forecaster.ini" "%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Forecaster\" /e /h /k /q /r /v /y /z


Option 2:  Disable deletion of the roaming profile

In specific environments, users will need a roaming profile, they would need to log into the same Citrix server, and the server needs to keep the users's local profile intact when they log off.  So, they need to disable the deletion of the roaming cache


    Key: SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

    Name: DeleteRoamingCache

    Type: REG_DWORD

    Value: 0     {0 = false, 1 = true}

Posted by:
Derek Krebs, Sr Consultant - MSX Group

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