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PowerShell help - comparing folder and file names

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Hi All

We have a server with a file structure where each client has their own folder, and the client/folder has a unique 5-digit reference, thus a client folder might be named '12345 Mr Aardvark'. This client folder likely contains many nested sub-folders. Every file within any of these folders is supposed to be prefixed with '12345', for example '12345 Welcome Letter.docx'

I'm trying to write a PowerShell script that can live at the top level of each client folder. When run, the script generates a list of every file in either the main client folder or any of its sub-folders (I'm good to here) then compares the first 5 characters of each file name with the 5 characters of the client folder name, and generates a report listing by location those files which have either been mis-filed or more likely have been saved without the 5 character identifier. This bit I am not so good at.

In a perfect world I guess the report would be run at a set time each night and a report listing every mismatch and their location placed in a single file in the root 'Clients' folder.

Any pointers gratefully accepted and I'll happily consider this a commercial project.

Thanks for any help,
Kind regards
David
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