Move Users Favorites Folder and then Delete?

Posted on 2014-03-03
Last Modified: 2014-03-05

My current scenario is as follows for user accounts:
\\\userprofile$\User-16 (this is their profile path)
\\\userprofile$\User-16\Favorites (this is their favorites folder)

I need to take the above favorites folder and move it to their userhome$ folder found here:

\\\userhome$\%username%\Favorites (these folders already exist)

Then delete their complete userprofile$ folder.

How can I achieve this using powershell? I think the tricky part for me is going through each folder in userprofile$ and looking for a \Favorites folder and then matching that userprofile$ foldername to %username% since they're the same.
Thank you.
Question by:levertm
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if (Test-Path -Path "\\\userprofile$\User-16\Favorites") 
move-item -path  \\\userprofile$\User-16\Favorites -destination \\\userhome$\%username%\
remove-item -path  \\\userprofile$\User-16 -recurse

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Something like above should work, very simple.

The if statement verifies if the folder exists.

If it does you proceed to move the favorites folder

Then delete the userprofile folder

Author Comment

ID: 39901231
Hi becraig,

Thanks for the input, it's a good start. How do I go about talking over 100 user accounts? I would have to run this script with variable so as to not set any hard coded values for account usernames (ie: user-16)
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ID: 39901249
gc users.txt | % {
$user = "$_"
if (Test-Path -Path "\\\userprofile$\$user\Favorites") 
move-item -path  \\\userprofile$\$user\Favorites -destination \\\userhome$\$user\
remove-item -path  \\\userprofile$\$user -recurse

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This is assuming you have a text file with the username one per line (Matching the exact folder names)
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Author Comment

ID: 39901256
I will generate a text file and test your code in my environment right now!

Be back later with my findings and results.

Author Comment

ID: 39901366
Thank you becraig, that worked. Although I had to use the copy-item instead as the move-item gave me errors.
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Expert Comment

ID: 39901382
ok sounds good.

As a rule of thumb I always copy (just in case)

Author Comment

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I also posted this begraig if you're interested to take a stab :)

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