avoiding documents and settings

We operate a 2003 terminal server with 9 works stations.
The problem is that mail and other programs are being stored under user's personal "my computer" directories.
In many cases Thunderbird mail (imap)  when moved to all local folders storing massive files multiple times.
I would like to have all data and applications software in public directories with sharable read/write facilities.
Appreciate held
robert wechslerAsked:
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You can use folder redirection for My Documents, etc.  How to Configure Folder Redirection

You can create a public folder, move the mail store to it then specify Thunderbird mail to use the location of the public folder as default.

Moving your mail storage location - Thunderbird

"By default accounts using the Global Inbox have their messages stored in Local Folders, which is located in the "Mail" folder in your profile folder. Copy the entire contents of "Local Folders", including all subfolders, over to the new location."

As for the applications, can they be launched from the EXE of do they need to be installed?  If the first then you can do the same, using public folder as a common share.

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Bill BachPresident and Btrieve GuruCommented:
Thunderbird is pretty easy to work with in this regard.  What we did is mapped a drive (M:) to the user's home directory as part of the login script.  From there, we configured Thunderbird on each workstation to access the profile stored in the M:\EMail folder.  Finally, we copied each user's Email profile to their EMail folder.  Now, any user can sign onto ANY computer and access his or her Email directly, without having to reconfigure anything else.  

By the way, the EMail folder can then be synchronized with a laptop, if they want to take their entire Email system home with them.
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