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Change shortcut links to new location

Julio Arizaga
Last Modified: 2015-07-31
Hello All,

I'm currently trying to get the following script to work, but need to adjust it to match anything with  "\\server1\IT". Using -eq works perfectly for folders, however when using -match I get the following error.

parsing "\\server1\IT" - Unrecognized escape sequence \I

Script should change files and folders location. Ex  "\\server1\IT\Document.docx" to "\\newserver\IT\Document.docx"

# Call wscript com object
$shell = new-object -com wscript.shell
$oldsharepath = "\\server1\IT"

# Recurse through directories for .lnk files
dir 'D:\Test Server1' -filter *.lnk -recurse | foreach {
$lnk = $shell.createShortcut($_.fullname)
$oldPath= $lnk.targetPath
# If match text, perform operation
if($oldpath -match $oldsharepath)
write-host "Match: " + $_.fullname
remove-item $_.fullname
$lnknew = $shell.createShortcut($_.fullname)
$lnknew.targetPath = "`"\\newserver\share1`""
$lnknew.IconLocation = "%SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll,4"
Write-Host "End..."
Code from: http://www.squiggle.org/2010/02/powershell-script-to-mass-change-shortcut-path/
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