Mail Merge with MS Word via TS



I'm accessing a database via a RDP connection using TS 2000. All is working
fine except for one problem with mail merges with Microsoft Word. When a
user does a mail merge the data source is exported to this directory:

C:\Program Files\FileMaker\FileMaker Pro 6\datasource.mer

This is fine for LAN users as they each have their own computer, and the
only limitation is 2 people can't have the same letter open at the same

When accessing via TS however it seems like everyone is sharing the
C:\Program Files\FileMaker\FileMaker Pro 6\ directory so in effect only one
person can have a letter open at any one time as all users are sharing the
same data source. I'm trying to come up with a way around this and was
wondering if anyone had come across this before? What I need is a directory
that is unique to each TS user where I can store the datasource but the path
to that is the same for all users (as each MS Word letter has been set to
locate the datasource in the C:\Program Files\FileMaker\FileMaker Pro
6\datasource.mer directory which works as it is the same path for all

Many thanks - Andrew

Vera Noest [MVP]

That's a classic TS application problem.
Define a folder in the users home directory. All users will have a
unique folder with the same path, ie H:\datasource.mer, presuming
they use H: as their home directory.

Don't put the datasource in their profile, since that could cause
a longer logon time (profile is copied from network share to TS
during logon, home directory is not).
Oct 4, 2011
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hello im having a simular problem using ts but i do not have the filemaker pro installed but i have the same issue when using mail merge nothing happens when using a ts client any advise would be great

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