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Editing PATH environment variable on Windows 2003 Terminal Server

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I have two questions concerning modifying the PATH variable on a Windows 2003 terminal server.

1. How can I edit PATH on a per-user (and persistent) rather than global basis?
2. Can a global or per-user PATH be safely modified with terminal server users actively working, or must changes be performed only after booting everyone off and, potentially, setting install mode? (Not certain install mode applies here.)

Thanks in advance.
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Per user: for example with setx.exe (part of the W2k3 Support Tools) in the logon script.
You can change environment variables anytime. Just keep in mind that changes to environment variables will not apply to applications (including command prompt windows) that were already open when you applied the change.
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Thank you. I was also just reminded by a coworker that terminal server users may edit their own paths by simply creating an additional PATH variable for themselves. This would be created in the Environment Variables pane, "User variable for..." subsection. I saw that.

At the time, I was thinking in terms of editing existing variables, not creating a new one. All good to know.

Thanks for the help.
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