File Types

I have a citrix presentation server 3 on windows 2000 server. I have some users who want to default a certain file to always use a certain application to open it and its not working. Example: in outlook if I try to open a .txt file it promts me to open or save , I choose open and uncheck the box "Always ask before opening this type of file". This setting never gets saved. everytime you try to open it the promt comes up. If i open the published explorer and goto .txt on the file types the options are grayed out.

any thoughts?
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I pretty sure this can not be done. The file association types are set on the server and can not be chaged by the users.

So what ever the server is its that for all.

I had issues with this and coudnt find a work around and the documentation pointed to this

Hope am i wrong
There may be another option...see below
dmgadminAuthor Commented:
i dont see anything below.
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Content Redirection is a mechanism Citrix uses to force file types to be opened a certain way, either from the server to the client, or redirected from the client to the server.  I haven't tested this, so you'll have to be the test case.  You can read up more about this by looking for 'content redirection' in the help area of the Citrix management console.

If I understand this correctly, you could configure content redirection from server to client for *.txt files.  By default, when you open a link/embedded object from within a published application, it opens it on the server.  For example, if you have Word published, and you open a document with a url, and you click that URL, you will open that URL using the browser on the server.

So, in your case, if you setup a redirect for *.txt files to be opened on the client, then the client settings will take place, and you should be able to set them how you want.  You can modify content redirection on a farm/server/application basis.  So if you don't want to cause any disruption with the majority of your users, then you just copy the published app, set content redirection for the new one, and then give these few users acccess to that one.

Again, I haven't had a need to play with this, but this is my understanding of how this works.  

To set this up, open up your Citrix Management Console, go to help, search on 'content redirection' and read the 'Overview of content redirectoin' article.  You will first have to enable this at the farm level.

Here is an excerpt from the Help File

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Help File~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

You can configure content redirection from server to client on a farm-wide basis for all users, for specific servers, or for specific users.

To enable content redirection from server to client for the entire server farm, select the option Enable Content Redirection from server to client on MetaFrame Settings in the left pane of the farm's Properties page.

To enable content redirection from server to client for a server, select the same option on MetaFrame Settings on the server's Properties page.

To enable content redirection from server to client for specific users, create a user policy that enables this option for the assigned users.


This should get you started
dmgadminAuthor Commented:
Ok. I just tried some test and here is the problem. I have 60 users using outlook 2002 as a published application in a farm (there is only 1 node in the farm now i will be adding the second when this problem is fixed). 58 of them have no problems. 2 users have a problem when they click on an attatchment it prompts them to open or save the attachment. They choose open and uncheck the box "Always ask before opening this type of file" and open the file. Everytime they do this it prompts them. Its like its now writing the profile. I am using roaming terminal server profiles and I made sure the permissions were correct for the dir. If they open a pdf it just opens, no prompt what so ever but everything else it prompts.
For the 2 users reset/recreate their TSProfiles

I will try the abovee as well

thanks ITD
dmgadminAuthor Commented:
I have tried that. I even removed the roaming profile for one of the users and let outlook create the profile automaticlly and the server and got the same result.
Can you create a new test user and see what happens?
dmgadminAuthor Commented:
The test user works fine.

now this isolates the problem to the actual users......

I am assuming you are testing all users on the same machine......

I would look at reg key and groups that the are in?

Grasping at straws anything that can be set on a user level
dmgadminAuthor Commented:
Ok.. I think I fixed it. I dont know why. here is what I did. I just moved the users mailbox from IS on the exchange server to another IS and it works. Let me know if you can explain any of that.
dmgadminAuthor Commented:
Well, i Spoke to soon. It will now default to open the .txt files but not .doc .xls.
As i said before i tried a hundred differnet ways to sort this and coudn't it is a pain
Did you check out the content redirection?

Seems like you two are on a different time zone, so I might not be very useful.
I went ahead and setup content redirection on one of my servers, and I can't seem to get it to do what I thought it was supposed to do.

Unfortunately, ellandrd seems to be right in that you're sol on this.

...I'm having a hard time believe this, seems so simple.

If you see the settings changing for default application response (open vs download), it may be that your users are just changing it while you're testing.  BTW, how do you get it so that the user is prompted again after you've told it not to ask?
Let me back up a second.

At this point the problem is out of 60 users accessing the same published app, 2 of them are prompted for download/open.

You've wiped out the TS profile for one user, and it didn't make a difference.

You move the mailbox from IS on exchange server to another IS and it changed some of the auto open options?  What is IS...i'm guessing it is an exchange term.

File types are greyed out on the server so you can't manipulate


I'll be back.
This following link has instructions on how to enable file type associates on a terminal server...maybe this will help.𛏛

Excerpt from link:

 You need to enable this functionality within TS. The registry entry to change is:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer] "NoFileAssociate"=dword:00000000

Changing this key from its default value of 00000001 enables the File Types dialog box to function just as it does for other Windows 2000 configurations. Administrators and Power Users can change the global file type settings for the computer and all of its users.

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I recommend a forced accept to myself, ITDharam as the last link I provided will give the user the ability to change file types on a Terminal Server.
i agree
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