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Posted on 2008-06-10
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I've approx 50.000 WORD (2000) documents, inside every document is hiding a dead network link (server that not exist anymore) like this \\server\folder\folder... , so if i want to eliminate links i need too open every word document and remove link manually,
 is that any other way i can avoid to examine 50.000 documents and do it automatically,
i try in local DNS to follow that link (dead server) to redirect on another server, but it didn't help..
please help...  
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by:SkiptonBS
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What did you do in DNS?

You should be able to trick Word if you configure DNS correctly.
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by:NSMone
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in Word doks that is define a networks connection \\someserver\xx\xx
in DNS i define that server word dok was looking for...
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by:GrahamSkan
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If the DNS route doesn't work out, you can run a Word macro to remove the links. The macro in the snippet will run through a folder and any subfolders unlinking the link fields with a particular path in the contained documents. The path is hard-coded, so you will have to make sure that it point to the right placce.

Call the macro so:

FindDocs "C:MyTopFolder", "*.doc"
Sub FindDocs(strFolder As String, strFilePattern As String)

    Dim strFileName As String

    Dim strFolders() As String

    Dim iFolderCount As Integer

    Dim i As Integer

    Dim Doc As Document

    'collect child folders

    strFileName = Dir$(strFolder & "\", vbDirectory)

    Do Until strFileName = ""

        If (GetAttr(strFolder & "\" & strFileName) And vbDirectory) = vbDirectory Then

            If Left$(strFileName, 1) <> "." Then

                ReDim Preserve strFolders(iFolderCount)

                strFolders(iFolderCount) = strFolder & "\" & strFileName

                iFolderCount = iFolderCount + 1

            End If

        End If

        strFileName = Dir$()

    Loop

   

    'process files in current folder

    strFileName = Dir$(strFolder & "\" & strFilePattern)

    Do Until strFileName = ""

        DoEvents

        Set Doc = Documents.Open(strFolder & "\" & strFileName)

        Unlinks Doc 'call the unlink procedure

        If Doc.Saved Then

            Doc.Close wdDoNotSaveChanges

        Else

            Doc.Close wdSaveChanges

        End If

        strFileName = Dir$()

    Loop

   

    'look through child folders

    For i = 0 To iFolderCount - 1

        FindDocs strFolders(i), strFilePattern

    Next i

End Sub
 

Sub Unlinks(Doc As Word.Document)

    Dim fld As Field

    For Each fld In Doc.Fields

        If fld.Type = wdFieldLink Then

            If fld.LinkFormat.SourcePath = "\\server\folder\folder" Then

                fld.Unlink

            End If

        End If

    Next fld

End Sub

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by:SkiptonBS
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What happens if you ping the server you from a workstation using the name you have put in DNS? Do you get a reply?
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by:NSMone
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in word document link refer to a old server so i change server in DNS ...
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by:SkiptonBS
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Yes i know what you've done.

Can you click Start>Run and type NSLOOKUP

Then at the prompt type in the name of the server that you are refering to in Word and press enter...what happens?
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by:NSMone
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in NSLOOKUP looks all well, it refer to the new server..
the old server was 192.xx.xx.x7
the new server is 192.xx.xx.x9
so it refer to a new server ... that think should be OK
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by:NSMone
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how do i EXEC that VB file , and where should i place it ?
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by:NSMone
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can i use Wildcard
in that VB script ?

....
 If fld.LinkFormat.SourcePath = "\\server\*" Then
.....
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by:SkiptonBS
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Put the VBS script in the top level directory where your word documents are located.

If you put the script on C:\ Drive then all the subfolders on C:\ will be searched.
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by:SkiptonBS
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No you cannot use a wildcard.

But you could put:

If fld.LinkFormat.SourcePath = "\\server\" Then ... (Without the *)
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by:NSMone
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Document are on server,
but word documents are accessible thru the network and opening on clients computers...

not all document have the same path, but all of them have same start path \\server\
could be possible to put wildcard like this " \\server\* "
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by:NSMone
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VB script should i put that on server or client side ?
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by:GrahamSkan
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The code is actually written as a Word macro, not as VBScript.

You can adapt it to look for the start of the string.

'...

            If InStr(1, fld.LinkFormat.SourcePath, "\\server", vbTextCompare) = 1 Then
                fld.Unlink
            End If
'...
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the script is working on one computer but not on another, what is this that is wrong,
i've open serveral aplications access to the network in windows FW, but still dosn't work.

what about if i wanna remove all network access from the dokument, how the code be look like ?
or if there any others servers, more then one...
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