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Use wildcard in VBScript to rename desktop shortcut

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Hi,
I have script that I'm using to change some IBM Client Access session names.  As a part of that I'd like to have the desktop shortcuts named in a specific way:  The name of the telnet session followed by the computer name.  My issue is that I want to reuse the script for existing computers but the desktop shortcuts can start with several different naming conventions and I need to use a wildcard to select the correct shortcut.  What I can't figure out is how to use a wildcard properly in renaming a file.  Can anyone help?

Assume that the selection will only return one filename.  Thanks in advance.

B7-SYSB {ComputerName}

Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set oShell = CreateObject( "WScript.Shell" )
ComputerName=oShell.ExpandEnvironmentStrings("%ComputerName%")
'Notice the * in Shortcut to b7-image* below.
objFSO.MoveFile "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\Shortcut to b7-image*" , "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\B7-SYSB " & ComputerName & ".lnk"

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by:käµfm³d 👽
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How about the following?
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set oShell = CreateObject( "WScript.Shell" )
ComputerName=oShell.ExpandEnvironmentStrings("%ComputerName%")
'Notice the * in Shortcut to b7-image* below.
 
Dim shortcut
Set folder = objFSO.GetFolder("C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop")
Set files = folder.Files
 
For Each file in files
    If Mid(file.name, 1, 20) = "Shortcut to b7-image" Then
        shortcut = file.Path
    End If
Next
 
If short <> Empty Then
    objFSO.MoveFile shortcut, "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\B7-SYSB " & ComputerName & ".lnk"
End If

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Works pretty well.  I modified line 16 (see below).

I ran into an issue though.  If the shortcut name on the desktop is a different case than what's defined in the IF statement on line 11, the shortcut get's ignored - see below in modified line 11.  I included an OR to handle icons that may have slightly different names.  I can't catch them all of course but using these values I can get most.

What can we do about the case sensitivity?  Thanks!
'Modify line 16
If shortcut <> Empty Then
   objFSO.MoveFile shortcut, "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\B7-SYSB " & ComputerName & ".lnk"
End If
 
 
 
'Modfied line 11
For Each file in files
    If Mid(file.name, 1, 19) = "shortcut to a2-sysa" or Mid(file.name, 1, 7) = "A2-SYSA"  Then
        shortcut = file.Path
    End If

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by:Jared Luker
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You can use ucase or lcase in order to set the variable to upper or lower case.  That way, you can code for one case only and not have to worry about missing things because of a case problem.

http://www.devguru.com/Technologies/vbscript/quickref/lcase.html
http://www.devguru.com/Technologies/vbscript/quickref/ucase.html
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by:Jared Luker
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So Line 11 would look something like

If LCase(Mid(file.name, 1, 20)) = "shortcut to b7-image" Then
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