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Default installation and log file paths

Posted on 2004-07-30
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I am having problems installing any product on my Windows 2003 Server.  At some point, applications started installing (by default) into the home drive h:, which is mapped to the same server in this case \\server\users\myusername.  

Some applicaitons just fail with messages like "invalid log location" or "need write access to local filesystem", before ever getting to a point that I can select the installation location I would like.  Other applicaitons install most components on the C: drive but some folders on the H: drive, usually common files (ie. h:\Program Files\Common Files\whatever).  

I have searched the entire registry for h:\ and h:, changing all those references to c:.  I can not figure out why the system insists on installing to this mapped drive, but it's a real problem.  I have removed the mapped drive, but that doesn't help.

Suggestions?  Other then rebuilding the entire server?
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jodypeet earned 500 total points
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is your administrators profile path set to h: by mistake ?
sounds like it's trying to add files to your profile.
make sure in ADUC that the administrator has NO Profile path. Log off and back on to test.
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Great, thank you!  I was disconnecting the drive before attempting installation, but apparently that was not enough.  You have made my weekend, or at least saved what's left of it.  Thanks again, points awarded!
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No problem
glad i could help :)
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