Category: 7. Know How

Repairing desktop links after a migration

Problems with links and shortcuts quickly arise as soon as the paths change when migrating a file server. This article is about the links that users have  placed on their desktops. These could show files or links. If the hard disk structures change during a migration, then they stop functioning.

In environments where UNC-paths (ex.: \\server\share\directoryXY) are used as a direct path to the file server, we have found a way to minimize the problems for the end user, even if the paths are changed. It is common that end users have links on their desktops that show them the way to folders and documents on the servers. This document will introduce you to a simple script that replaces the paths for them.

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Last access time – find old, unused data

1. Use

The “Last Access Time” attribute contains the date and time a file or a folder was last accessed (for reading or executing).
Windows remembers the time when a file was last modified, but to clean up the databases, along with the latest update, it is also useful to know when the files were last displayed. The details of the last access time may be also useful in the computer-forensics.

In Windows XP, it is enabled by default.
In Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8, the attribute is deactivated by default.

2. Enable and Disable

This manual will show you how to enable or disable the Last Access Time-attribute.
You must login as administrator to be able to perform the steps of this manual.

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Transferring new access rights to an old share

If the “Green Meadow” cannot become the new storage location for your data, then the new ACLs can be transferred to the old area.

In addition to this, one must state that if need be, it can take a long time and is dependent on the number of files and directories, which should be authorized.

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