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User preferences, such as favourite metrics, are stored in user profiles. User-specific profiles are automatically created when users first make changes to their preferences.

The user profiles are stored on the Squared Up web server in the following directory:


In this directory you will see a file called default.xml. This is the default user profile, detailing the default preferences that users will first see.

Files called <domain>.<username>.xml are the user-specific profiles.

In some cases, such as favourite metrics, both individual users preferences and default user preferences are shown, but individual preferences will take precedent over default settings where applicable.

How to copy user preferences from one user to all users

Copy the relevant section from one user profile (probably your own profile) to the default.xml profile.  For favourite metrics more details about what to copy is covered below.

Favourite Metrics

When clicking 'View Performance' on a server, by default only favourite metrics are shown:

After clicking 'show all' all metrics are shown and the user can click a star to make it a favourite metric:

To copy favourite metric settings from one user to all users

Copy the relevant NameValueSetting section from one user profile (probably your own profile) to the performance favorites settings section of the default.xml profile.

For example to make the favourite 'LogicalDisk\% Idle Time' a default favourite, copy:


              <Name>LogicalDisk\% Idle Time</Name>



into the relevant section of default.xml

In this case at the end of the file there is a performance page section for the favorites component and the settings section lists metric names with a value of 'true' if they are favorites:








              <Name>LogicalDisk\% Idle Time</Name>



See also:

How to give users permissions to create, edit and publish dashboards (dashboard designer permissions)