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How to preserve user ArcGIS desktop settings across machines?

Question asked by yguan13 on Jan 20, 2016

We are moving ArcGIS desktop from PCs to blades. An user will login to different blades to run ArcGIS desktop at different times, and the user need to preserve the same user settings (i.e., Catalog settings, such as connection folders, database connections, toolboxes, and GIS web services) across the different blades. We can activate roaming profile for ArcGIS, but I was told there is an easy way - save the user settings in a central network location for each user, and point an environment variable to this location. Can anybody share how to do this? I found a couple of articles and they are all related to changing a machine registry to achieve this -  set HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User
Shell Folders, set AppData to a central network user profile location.  Not sure if this is correct way or there is a better way.