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    User Templates to Network

    We're not using an NT network or profiles. We're running Win98 SE to a Novel 5x network using 3.2 Novel Client on the workstations. We're mapping our User Templates under Tools|Options|File Locations to a unique directory for each user for purposes of protecting/backing up the User's personal templates and Normal.dot. However, we're getting blue screen deaths on some of the machines when attempting to use File|New to get to the templates. Not every machine is exhibiting this problem but for those that do, it happens every time. Interestingly though, those same machines can get to the template menu by routing through Start|New Office Document. Has anyone experienced this? Is mapping the User Templates to a network directory taboo if Word isn't run through an NT network/profile setup?

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    Re: User Templates to Network

    Not sure why you are mapping user templates (rather than workgroup templates) to a network drive. Sharing Normal.dot is not a good idea.

    I know this doesn't address your other concern.
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    Re: User Templates to Network

    Very true on sharing the Normal.dot but we're not sharing the Normal.dot files - each user has their very own unique folder to store their personal templates and Normal.dot for purposes of backing up the files and that is where the User Template path has been mapped to.

    The Workgroup templates on the other hand is a shared folder that is a common mapping to all.

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    Re: User Templates to Network

    This does make backup easier, but will increase your network traffic. You might be able to find some help in the Windows NT and Windows 2000 groups. Otherwise, you may want to try the Microsoft peer-to-peer groups. Specifically, word.networking.setup. For more on these newsgroups, see <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.addbalance.com/word/wordwebresources.htm#webnewsgroups>Microsoft Word Peer-to-Peer Support newsgroups</A> for a listing and full addresses.
    To do an archives search <A target="_blank" HREF=http://groups.google.com/advanced_group_search>Google.com</A>

    To restrict your search to only the Word newsgroups put:
    "microsoft.public.word.*" in the box for "newsgroup."

    To restrict your search to only the Word networking newsgroup put: "microsoft.public.word.networking.setup" in the box for "newsgroup."
    Charles Kyle Kenyon
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    Re: User Templates to Network

    Thank you for the great info. [img]/w3timages/icons/grin.gif[/img]

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