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Putting User's Current Context into Registry

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By Bradford Thorpe

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Posted: 27 Sep 2000

Current Version: ZENworks for Desktops 3

I had an interesting problem of trying to get an app to put the current context of the user into the registry. As I couldn't find a macro to use I ended up using a batch file in the script and then regedit command.

The batch file looked like this..

@echo off

copy \\%path%\context.reg %home directory%

cx >> %home directory%\context.reg

type \\%path%\comma.txt >> %home directory%\context.reg

%*WinDir%\regedit /s %home directory%\context.reg

del %home directory%\context.reg

Basically I just appended the cx command into a pro-forma reg file. Comma.txt is just a " to finish the reg file. Then silently inserted the registry file.

Works fine for me. If anyone knows any other way to do it I would appreciate knowing.

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Other Ideas

  • Markus Brandt Posted October 11, 2000
  • Paul Langton Posted October 11, 2000

    Markus Brandt NEW

    There's another method of getting the user's context into the registry.

    Advantage: You don't have to prepare two text files (context.reg + comma.txt). You can also use the NT variable containing the context whereever you want (e.g. within the batch file: if %Context%==.ORG ...)

    Just copy the following lines into a Windows NT batch file:

    @echo off

    for /f %%v IN ('cx') DO set Context=%%v

    REM Get screen output of cx command into Variable

    echo User context is: '%Context%'

    set Filename=c:${BS}temp${BS}help.reg

    echo REGEDIT4>%TempFile%


    echo [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ Novell\NWGINA\Login Screen]>>%TempFile%

    echo "DefaultNDSContext"="%Context%">>%TempFile%

    regedit -s %TempFile%

    del %TempFile%

    goto :EOF

    If you have any questions you may contact Markus at

    Paul Langton NEW

    I have had the same issue, and there is a macro that is the current users context, it is %REQUESTER_CONTEXT%

    A small note, it would be really great for a web page that had ALL the macros NAL can use. There is currently no such thing as far as I can find, the help in NetWare Administrator is nowhere near a complete list, and the various web pages I have found also do not have all of them (for instance, the one I used above).

    We agree. Everyone send what you've got and we'll compile a list.

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