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recent office document links no longer work after file server migration

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I just migrated share data from server 2003 to server 2012.
The links to recent documents in the users Office suite still point documents from the old server.
Is there a script or tool that can change the recent documents links to point to the new server.
The share folder structure is identical to that of the old server.
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by:Cliff Galiher
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Unfortunately not. The recent documents list is stored on a per-user basis and is not editable by a script. What you *can* do is create a CNAME record in DNS to have requests for the old server go to the new one. But this only works for some access types (SMB works) and can only be done if the old server is no longer in service, as creating such a CNAME would break any roles still located on the old server.
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What we did is to parse registry and replace all occurances of the old by the new server name.
Do you also need to check emails for links?
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I forgot to post details. I've used the Windows 2000 RSK tool regfind with something along
regfind -y \\oldserver\share -r \\newserver\share
REM or, less selective:
regfind -y \\oldserver\ -r \\newserver\

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Links (e.g. program shortcuts) pointing to the old server are more difficult to change. I've assembled a PowerShell script for that purpose, but it is more difficult to adjust.
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