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Changing default directories of WAD in workstation

Hello All,

When launching WAD in the workstation, some directories and files are downloaded from the server to the workstation to their default location in Documents and Settings -> All Users -> Application Data -> SAP ...

Does anyone know if this default location can be changed and if so, which is the way to change it?


Oren Harlap

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    Posted on Oct 27, 2010 at 05:12 PM

    Hi Oren,

    the corresponding parameter is called metadata directory. You can look it up within BEx WAD --> Tools --> Settings --> Metadata Directory (over there just as display parameter).

    If you have to customize the directory you are to set the environment variable BEXWAD_METADATADIR in your operational system (Start - Settings - System settings - System - Advanced - environment variable). Just set the new folder according to your needs in the field value.

    Usually restarting WAD the next time the new folder is taken, perhaps you have to refresh your metadata (again: BEx WAD --> Tools --> Settings --> Metadata Directory) and restart WAD. The first time WAD starts the files have to be copied to the new directory which can take some time.

    If there are problems/questions let us know.

    Best Regards,


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  • Posted on Oct 28, 2010 at 09:11 AM

    Hi Marcel,

    Thanks a lot. Your answer was very helpful and solved the problem. Points awarded.



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