I must not be understanding how to properly configure Windows Common settings using a config file.
I understand i need to create a new config file,select the Windows common settings, and then, in my case, I'm attempting to modify the short date format for windows - so I select regional settings and complete the creation of the config file. But after that, I'm not seeing what steps I need to take to actually establish the default short date format on a windows machine. I know that I need to try and modify the default value for this registry key (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\International\sShortDate), but I'm not understanding what specific steps I need to take in the configuration file to achieve that result??
Seems like there are so many great things we can do with DEM, but its difficult to find specific/detailed information about how to use it.
I know; the product docs are mainly a reference, without much guidance, concepts, how-tos, et cetera... ☹️
The easiest way to achieve what you're looking for, are predefined settings. These are settings that you as a DEM admin configure (or "pre-define"), tied to a particular Flex config file. Depending on the predefined settings type, the user's saved settings (their profile archive) or the predefined settings get applied (a mix of the two is also possible) at logon (or application launch, in case of a DirectFlex-enabled config file, but that's not applicable for a Windows setting like this one.)
The typical workflow for this would be to create a config file in your development environment, and populate the Import/Export tab in such a way that it captures the bits of the profile that you want to provide predefined settings for. If it captures a bit too much (like in this case, as you're only interested in the short date format rather than everything related to regional settings) that's fine; you can tweak this later.
Now, log on with a test account, configure the application or Windows component to your liking (in this case, define the short date format), and log off.
You now have a profile archive that we can turn into a predefined setting:
Hope this helps! If not, please let us know.