People often don't know that they can set the value of their client's Location settings via policies. To do so you must of the Desktop policy settings document. It can be a little hard to find though, since there are so many tabs and settings in the Desktop policy. The Custom Settings tab will be off the screen when you first open the settings document. So use the arrow controls show below to navigate over to the Custom Settings tab:
When you put the document in edit mode, you'll see the Edit List button:
Pressing that will allow to enter a name|value pair for a setting, like CatalogServer below:
Now there are two important things I want to point out here. There isn't a drop down list of what fields are on the form. So if you don't know what it is, the one way to figure it out is to open the Desktop policy settings form in Designer. There you will be able to see what fields correspond to which settings.
The second thing to be aware of is a very important point. Any setting you apply via this method will affect ALL Location documents. There is currently no way to specify that only a particular location gets a particular setting. Therefore if you want your end user's to have different settings for different locations DO NOT use this method. I've seen customers use this feature not knowing that it applies to all Locations and then they have trouble backing out.
So I hope that this post has shown you how to use this feature and also informed you of a behavior that you might not have known about.
Mark Skurla | 21 January 2010 09:05:06 AM ET | | Comments (20)