Is it possible to make a "global" XML file or StarTeam server that will be used by all users of a workstation running StarTeam Client , regardless of their login name?

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Is it possible to make a "global" XML file or StarTeam server that will be used by all users of a workstation running StarTeam Client , regardless of their login name?

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  • Product Name: StarTeam
  • Product Version: 2005 -2006
  • Product Component: Server
  • Platform/OS Version: All


Question:

Is it possible to make a "global" XML file or StarTeam server that will be used by all users of a workstation running StarTeam Client, regardless of their login name?


Answer:

With StarTeam 2006 it is possible to start users off with the same personal options. The StarTeam installation program copies the starteam-client-default-options.xml (if it exists) to the All Users\Application Data\Borland\StarTeam folder on each client workstation. It will overwrite an existing file with that name in that location. This file will be used as a template for the new starteam-client-options.xml file as each user starts the StarTeam Cross-Platform Client for the first time. This allows for the distribution of the initial starteam-client-default-options.xml file - although not from the StarTeam Installation CD.

To provide all users of the StarTeam Cross-Platform Client with the same initial set of personal options:

  1. Perform a custom installation of StarTeam Server while selecting the Client Setup check box, so that the disk image for StarTeam is installed in the Client Setup folder, a child folder of the StarTeam Server installation folder.
  2. Make sure that this folder is one that all team members can access.
  3. Install the StarTeam Cross-Platform Client on only one computer.
  4. Set the personal options. See the Administering and Using StarTeam manual for details.
  5. Notice that you now have a file named starteam-client-options.xml in the user profile folder. On Windows 2000 and XP, this is in the C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Borland\StarTeam\ folder.
  6. Copy this file to the Client Setup folder.
  7. Rename this file starteam-client-default-options.xml.
  8. Instruct users to install the StarTeam Cross-Platform Client.

Unfortunately it is not possible to distribute a global starteam-server.xml currently with StarTeam versions (2005/2005R2/2006). However, there is currently an open RFE (Request For enhancement) so that you can use a global starteam-servers.xml with future versions of StarTeam.

At the current time the only workaround is to copy the XML files to each individual user profile.


Author: Nuala Comiskey

Old KB# 27617
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