Data Files, Folders, and Locations

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The recent changes in VNCScan has revealed some confusion regarding the data files, their locations, and what they all do.  For a historical primer, you may want to start with this blog post.

Key Data Folders

The data files are stored in three key folders;

  • Data – Stores all of your program settings, group settings, and computer settings.
  • Jobs – Stores all of your remote scripts.  Each script job has a subfolder named after that job.  That subfolder contains all of the files required to push and execute that job on a remote computer.
  • Profiles – Stores all of your VNC deployment profiles.  Each deployment profile gets a subfolder named after it.
    The Root
    All three of these key folders must be stored with in the same Root folder.  By default, the Root folder is “My DocumentsVNCScan”.
    The first time that VNCScan runs, it checks the registry key “HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareVNCScanSettingsDataPath” for the path to the root location.
    If that registry key holds no data or if the path doesn’t exist, it will create the required folders at the default location and start fresh with new data.
    The Key Files

Both of the following files must reside in the Data folder:

· Settings.xml – This file holds all of the initial settings for the console. This file stores anything that is global to the application.

· Groups.xml – This holds all of your group names along with their settings. You will find XML files in the same folder named after the group names, also. These files hold the computers and their settings.