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Login scripts are critical for setting up the environments of network users. A login script is a series of commands that execute when a user logs on. The commands placed in login scripts can map network drives for users, switch them to specific drives, display menus, and start applications.

In many network operating system environments, there is one login script that runs when a user logs on. In NetWare 4.x, there are up to four login scripts, any of which may execute when a user logs on. A default login script runs when a user first logs in and creates a number of environmental settings. However, administrators (and users to some extent) can override the default login script by creating a personal login script. Each user also has a personal login script that can contain commands of their choosing.

In NDS (Novell Directory Service), two other login scripts are the container login script and the profile login script. A container is a branch in the NDS tree that relates to a department, division, or branch of the organization. When a user logs on, the login script for the container they belong to runs. This means that each department or division can have its own login script in addition to the default user login scripts. A profile login script belongs to a group of users who don't necessarily belong to the same container. For example, a profile login script can execute commands for a group of managers.

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