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I am working on a powershell script to copy an ini file from a network share to a directory in the user profile when he logins.  

The destination path is something like \\server2\profiledir\%username%\appdata\roaming\vlc\vlc-qt-interface.ini

can I specify this PS1 file in USER CONFIGURATION /POLICIES/WINDOWS SETTINGS/SCRIPT/LOGON of my GP?

Thanks.
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Question by:nav2567
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
ID: 41777051
it will have to be in the user settings not the computer settings
I'd use
%userprofile%\appdata\roaming\vlc\vlc\vlc-qt-interface.ini 

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for the destination rather than
 \\server2\profiledir\%username%\appdata\roaming\vlc\vlc-qt-interface.ini

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you will have to in the computer settings create and run a batch file that runs the following
powershellpolicy.cmd
C:\windows\system32\windowspowershell\v1.0\powershell.exe -executionpolicy bypass -file .\copyfile.ps1

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copyfile.ps1
$source = \\server\share\vlc-qt-interface.ini
$destination = $env:userprofile + '\appdata\roaming\vlc\vlc\vlc-qt-interface.ini'
if (!(test-path $source))
     { 
     "Source Path $source not available" | out-file \\server\share\logs\copyfilefailures.txt -append
     }
else {
    try{
        copy-item -source $source -destination $destination
        }
    catch
        {
        'Destination error:' + $destination | out-file  \\server\share\logs\copyfilefailures.txt -append 
        }
}

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by:Adam Brown
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I would use a File preference to place the file to %AppDataDir%\roaming\vlc\vlc-qt-interface.ini

Preferences work significantly better than login scripts and are much more reliable. https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc772536(v=ws.11).aspx has info.
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David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 500 total points
ID: 41777148
fixed missing quotes in $source directory
$source = '\\server\share\vlc-qt-interface.ini'
$destination = $env:userprofile + '\appdata\roaming\vlc\vlc\vlc-qt-interface.ini'
if (!(test-path $source))
     { 
     "Source Path $source not available" | out-file \\server\share\logs\copyfilefailures.txt -append
     }
else {
    try{
        copy-item -source $source -destination $destination
        }
    catch
        {
        'Destination error:' + $destination | out-file  \\server\share\logs\copyfilefailures.txt -append 
        }
}

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by:nav2567
ID: 41777400
Thanks a lot David and Adam for always helping me!!!

Adam, I have been trying GPP - FILE update but I am not seeing the file is being copied to the destination.  

I specified \\server2\profiledir\%username%\appdata\roaming\vlc\vlc-qt-interface.ini in the destination of the GPP and the user login has r/w access.

The destination folder VLC is not created in \\server2\profiledir\%username%\appdata\roaming folder until the user launch VLC Player software the first time.  

Even the VLC folder is created in the roaming folder, I still do not see the file being copied after logout and log back in.   This is why I am going back to the legacy way and it works.
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