SAP Lumira – Geek Tweaks: Changing default save path location of SAP Lumira.
Hi Folks! This geek tweaks is about changing your save path location of SAP Lumira. SAP Lumira saves all the documents in the default path of “SAP Lumira Documents” inside the documents folder of the user (C:\Users\<UserName>\Documents\SAP Lumira Documents). It may not be ideal in every case (say multi-tenant environment or enterprise systems) and many in SCN community has requested feature to change the default save location. There is also an idea posted in Lumira idea place about the same https://ideas.sap.com/SAPLumira/D25916, so hopefully this should be a feature rolling out in future versions
So on popular demand from lot of people, I thought I could share this method of how you can change the default save path location with a small tweak to your Windows settings.
Meet at the Junction
NTFS is an awesome file system and has lot of improvements over the traditional FAT32 file system. NTFS has a cool feature called Streams and Junctions. NTFS Junctions similar to symbolic links in Linux (for root fans!) which links one folder to another folder internally in the file system. For the Application accessing the folder, it makes absolutely no difference and appears as a regular folder.
Creating NTFS Junction
So let’s create the NTFS Junction pointing the default documents location to the new document location. In my case of example, I am going to point the location of SAP Lumira Documents to the Downloads folder instead of the default Documents folder.
1. Quit and close Lumira if you are running it, because we cannot alter the location when lumira is open.
2. Create a new folder in the destination where you want the new Lumira documents to be saved. In my case I created a folder called SAP Lumira Documents inside my Downloads
Figure 1: Destination folder
3. Navigate to the Default location of SAP Lumira documents (C:\Users\<UserName>\Documents\SAP Lumira Documents) and copy all the contents of it to the new destination folder. If you are no documents saved, you could skip this step.
4. Delete the SAP Lumira documents folder from the default location ( i.e. from Documents)
5. Create a NTFS Junction folder named SAP Lumira Documents present in Documents pointing to the new destination folder you created in step 2 ( in my case its Downloads )
6. You can create NTFS Junction by running the following command in your command prompt
mklink /J “C:\Users\%USERNAME%\Documents\SAP Lumira Documents” “<Destination>”
E.g. mklink /J “C:\Users\%USERNAME%\Documents\SAP Lumira Documents” “C:\Users\%USERNAME%\Downloads\SAP Lumira Documents”
7. You would get a successful message if the Junction folder has been created. You could now see a folder with shortcut icon symbol inside the documents folder.
Figure 2: Lumira Default Location
8. Now open SAP Lumira, it would load normally and would start placing the files in this location which you can actually see that the files are on the new destination.
Figure 3: New Document Location
Does the above sounds interesting! What more can you do with this? Well you can do something like for each user in multi-tenant system point the Junction to the common network storage with each folder so that you can easily take backup of the Lumira document they save. Be sure to mount the network storage before you create the NTFS Junction.
I hope this was useful. Feel free to post your feedback and comments below. The Geek Tweak does not end here. You could also check out my other Geek Tweaks blogs