VISUAL macros are computer-specific – meaning if you create a macro on one computer it won’t be accessible from another computer unless you copy it and place on that computer. This may not always be true in a Citrix/Terminal Services environment – but let’s assume this is not the case.
The same holds true for the VISUAL configuration files. I’m talking about those “ini” files that hold your default settings, grid layouts, screen sizes and position, etc.
If you want every VISUAL user to have access to all macros and also want them to have the same VISUAL configurations – you will need to physically copy the files (macros and INIs) to each computer on your network. Now consider every VISUAL module can have it’s own set of macros and configuration file – that’s a lot of files to manage across your network! Now think about keeping those files current of any changes or modifications – giving you a headache yet?
One way to manage this is through the use of a login script. The script can copy over the default configuration files and all current macro revisions from a central repository down to the user’s computer or profile.
Here’s an example of what that script might look like – modify it to suit your environment. In this script, it will copy over the current macro revisions and only the configuration files that do not exist in the user’s local directory.
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