How To Run Secondary .INI Files During, Before, or After Logon

Product: ProfileUnity          

Product Version: 6.0+

Expires on: 365 days from publish date

Updated: October 12, 2015



A separate configuration needs to be executed either before, during, or after the existing configuration.

This can be useful in situations such as where a file needs to be unlocked before the main configuration executes, or another script needs to be run after execution.



1. Save the attached postLogon.exe file.

You can name the executable whatever you want; it is simply a fake executable used to run the secondary .ini file. 

Save the attached postLogon.exe file to a sub-folder on your Netlogon\ProfileUnity share (this is the default location, but you can save it in any folder that allows read permissions for users). 

Note: In this example the file was saved in %logonserver%\netlogon\ProfileUnity\Scripts to make sure it executes.

2. Editing the primary INI file

- Create a runonce key (using "Registry" module) and include the executable.

  • Action: Write Value
  • Key: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • Type: REG_SZ
  • Value: Fake
  • Data:  %systemroot%\system32\cmd.exe /c \\your_domain\netlogon\ProfileUnity\Scripts\postLogon.exe

- In a trigger module create a rule with the following values

  • Type: "Application Open"
  • Module: Application Launcher (Note: Any module can be specified. However, in this example Application Launcher will be used.)
  • Application Name: postLogon.exe
  • INI Path: \\yourDomain\NETLOGON\Profileunity\scripts\secondary.ini (advanced section -  light blue tab)

NOTE: INI Path section indicates a location of the secondary INI file created later in this KB.

3. Editing Secondary INI file

Create a new 'manual configuration' (in this example it is called 'secondary').

This new configuration can do whatever you want (map a printer, remove a file lock, or execute a script. In the example below, an Application Launcher rule is used to create a script.


Example: Running a script in an alternate configuration


Filespec: %systemroot%\system32\cmd.exe
Arguments: /c c:\windows\system32\wscript.exe <path to a desired script> //b   (NOTE: make sure users can read form the path specified)


4. IMPORTANT: Save the .INI file in a sub-folder to keep it separate from the primary INI.


That will prevent an execution of the primary INI every time the user logs in. 


NOTE 1: The application will run elevated. This is the best way to workaround a problem. It is also a solution that will be supported with future versions of the product

NOTE 2: This solution will not work for Portability. Portability is run at logoff; therefore you would lose what ran initially at login.

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