In order to migrate to WIN7 we are going to have to run business legacy application on Windows 2003 Terminal Services. The app doesn't work on W2k8 or Win7, etc... (thinapp and App-v have been tested and don't work, also is out of our budget).
The application needs Word97 as the editor.
We have everything working with the exception of the User Templates which they have to be moved from C:\...\Microsoft Office\Templates to the TS user home directory which will be H:\
I have found the following article where someone explains what we are trying to accomplish (http://www.tek-tips.com/viewthread.cfm?qid=110001&page=334
The post says to change the default location at the word97 options, etc... from the C: drive to the H:\ drive. The problem is that I can't choose an H:\ drive because word97 needs to validate that the drive is available. That being said If I use the one that I have created for the administrator then it is goes to that particular one.
The goal is that every user is going to have the folder templates copied as part of their TS profile H:\templates
I have copied the post below and attached a picture of the setting that I need to change:
I support all who say that you should get away from using mandatory profiles and/or desktops. Best thing you can do is simply use published applications with policies and proper security. I did mandatory profiles for 4 years; a real pain. Anyway, if you must, than I’ll offer you my two-cents worth. (and I NEVER used compatibility scripts).
Log onto your MF server as Administrator. Execute MS Word. Go to tools\Options and the File Locations tab. Here modify the path for User Templates to point to the users home(working dir) such as H:\Office97\templates. In addition to this I also modified the following:
User Templates = H:\Office97\templates
Documents = H:\Personal or H:\My Documents
User Options = H:\Office97
AutoRecover files = H:\Personal or H:\My Documents
Startup = H:\Office97\WrdStart
All other settings should be common and point to something under ‘local drive’\**\Office97\…
Close Word and reopen. Verify that in Word the path still points to H:\**** and not \\servername\****. If it does than you may have to go to the registry HK_C_U\Software\Microsoft\
ates and modify the path.
Log out as Administrator. Log on as another Administrator (diff profile) and run System from the Control Panel. Here go to the User Profiles tab. If you want these changes to apply to all new users than copy the 1st Administrators profile to your Default User profile.
Modify all users accounts ‘Terminal Server Profile Path’ to point to “C:\WTSRV\profiles\Default
User.MAN” You do NOT need to rename any *.dat files to *.man. Referring to the directory as .man will suffice. Now delete all user profiles from the profiles directory (be sure to leave the system profiles alone).
If you wish to apply this only to certain users than perform the profile copy from admin to users profile and modify the users accounts ‘Terminal Server Profile Path’ to point to C:\WTSRV\profiles\userID.M
AN. Again, I do not believe that you will have to rename ntuser.dat to ntuser.man
It has been a while since I’ve worked with this but I believe that when your users log on for the first time and run Word they will be queried to save normal.dot . This should create a new normal.dot in their users home(working dir) specified under tools. If this doesn’t work than you might want to copy normal.dot from the server to each users H:\Office97\templates.
This should put you in the ball park. Play around with this. It should work for you… it worked for me.