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HowToFix: Relocating documents to another file server brakes absolute links

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I am in a process of moving home directories for Windows users from aging MS 2K box to OpenFiler (samba). "My Documents" folder for every user is mounted on the server (\\server\users\jowsmith). As you can imagine, some documents have absolute links (images, spreadsheets, etc) to object on the server, for instance \\server\users\joesmith\budget\2005image.jpg. After migrating to a new server, all links will be broken. Any recipe to fix it in batch mode?
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You can search each user's hard drive for all shortcut (*.lnk) files, bind to each one, if the path property contains the old path replace the shortcut with on pointing to the new path. The following link contains a script that should work with few modifications.

http://cwashington.netreach.net/depo/view.asp?Index=841

It will take me some time but I should be able to put something together for you also.
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Thanks

However, I was referring to the links within documents to external objects. For instance presentation or Word doc sometime will have a picture, movie, etc.
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...and if I had done I better job reading your question I would have understood that.  Sorry about that.

If the only thing changing in the path will be the server and you will be taking the old server offline or renaming it you can create a CNAME (Alias) record in DNS with the old server's name that points to the new server.
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well... changing DNS record will stipulate a massive migration of all accounts to a new server in one shot, while I was planning on gradual exodus. Plus, I will need to find a new home for AD, DHCP, DNS that run on MS W2K server as of now.
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No, there's no easy way to change those embedded links then.
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