Dynamic Variables

Dynamic Variables are those that are replaced dynamically by Desktop Central while applying the configurations. As the name implies, the value of these variables are not the same for all the users/computers.

For example, to redirect the shortcuts of the start menu that are common for all the users to the system drive, you can use the dynamic variable $SystemDrive. This will be replaced by the corresponding system drive of that computer (like C, D, etc.) while deploying the configuration.

The table below lists the dynamic variable supported by Desktop Central:

Dynamic Variable Description

Example Value of the Variable

$ComSpec

Specifies the path to the command interpretor

C:\WINNT\system32\cmd.exe

$HomePath

Refers to the home directory as defined in UMD/AD

\\JOHNSMITH\

$NtType

Role of NT/2000/XP computer

Server, Workstation

$OS

Short name of currently installed operating system

Windows_NT

$OSVersion

2000 & XP will report back as NT

Windows 2000

$OStype

2000 & XP will report back as NT

NT

$OsBuildNumber

Refers to the build number of the currently installed operating system

1381, 2195

$OsCsdVersion

Refers to the service pack of the currently installed operating system

Service Pack 4

$ProfileDirDU

Will be replaced by the full path of the "Default User" profile

C:\Documents and Settings\Default User

$ProfilesDir

Will be replaced by the full path of where user profiles are stored

C:\Documents and Settings

$ShellCache

Will be replaced by the path to current user's Temporary Internet Files shell folder

C:\Documents and Settings\JohnSmith\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files

$ShellCookies

Will be replaced by the path to current user's Internet Cookies shell folder

C:\Documents and Settings\JohnSmith\Cookies

$ShellDesktop

Will be replaced by the path to current user's Desktop shell folder

C:\Documents and Settings\JohnSmith\Desktop

$ShellFavorites

Will be replaced by the path to current user's Favorites shell folder (also referred to as "IE Bookmarks").

C:\Documents and Settings\JohnSmith\Favorites

$ShellHistory

Will be replaced by the path to current user's History shell folder

C:\Documents and Settings\JohnSmith\Local Settings\History

$ShellMyPictures

Will be replaced by the path to current user's My Pictures shell folder

C:\Documents and Settings\JohnSmith\My Documents\My Pictures

$ShellNetHood

Will be replaced by the path to current user's Network Neighborhood shell folder

C:\Documents and Settings\JohnSmith\NetHood

$ShellPersonal

Will be replaced by the path to current user's Personal shell folder (also referred to as "My Documents")

C:\Documents and Settings\JohnSmith\My Documents

$ShellPrintHood

Will be replaced by the path to current user's Printer Neighborhood shell folder

C:\Documents and Settings\JohnSmith\PrintHood

$ShellPrograms

Will be replaced by the path to current user's Start Menu Programs shell folder

C:\Documents and Settings\JohnSmith\Start Menu\Programs

$ShellRecent

Will be replaced by the path to current user's Recent Documents shell folder

C:\Documents and Settings\JohnSmith\Recent

$ShellSendTo

Will be replaced by the path to current user's Send To shell folder

C:\Documents and Settings\JohnSmith\SendTo

$ShellStartMenu

Will be replaced by the path to current user's Start-Menu shell folder

C:\Documents and Settings\JohnSmith\Start Menu

$ShellStartup

Will be replaced by the path to current user's Start Menu Startup shell folder

C:\Documents and Settings\JohnSmith\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

$ShellTemplates

Will be replaced by the path to current user's Templates shell folder

C:\Documents and Settings\JohnSmith\Templates

$SystemDrive

Refers to the drive where OS files are located

C:

$SystemRoot

Will be replaced by the path to operating system folder

C:\WINNT

$TempDir

Will be replaced by the path to the temporary directory on the client

C:\Documents and Settings\JohnSmith\Local Settings\Temp

$WinDir

Will be replaced by the path to user's Windows folder (usually same as SystemRoot, exception would be a terminal server)

C:\WINNT

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