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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Find similar users or employees

The question arises who is most similar to a certain account, for example if one wants to find out who belongs to a particular department. This question is especially important to easily check the correct configuration of the group memberships.

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1. Licensing the active user accounts

migRaven is licensed for the number of the active AD accounts. One can count the number of active accounts to be licensed with our tool AD-Counter.

For licensing, we need this number of AD-Accounts, your FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain Name) and the sub-domain names that you want to include. This information will be encrypted in your license key.

2. Server-Licensing           New in version 2.1.1010

From the migRaven-Version 2.1.1010, it is possible to obtain licenses for servers. There are two variants:

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Read in a complete AD

During start-up, migRaven scans for domains. The found domains are displayed after the start-up. At least one of the found domains must be tagged. This is displayed after pressing the button “Read in a complete AD/Forest”. At the same time all users and groups and their links to each other, i.e. the memberships and members are read. The found objects and their connections to each other are stored in migRavens Graph-Database.

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AD view

In the window of the “Active Directory Import”, there is a magnifying glass – the “View AD” for each domain in the column “Action”. This function can be used after reading in the AD. This AD-View enables it for you to display all members and all memberships of this object on the basis of the read in AD-objects for a selected user or a group. Not only direct members, but also indirect nested members are displayed. The same is applicable for the memberships.

If we call this function, a new window opens, which includes one search row and three windows. In the row, we can enter a search term, a user, a group or a character string, which is a component of an object. After the third character, all results matching below are listed, from which we can select any one. After a short time the groups are displayed in the left window, in which our object is member. In the right window, if applicable, the members of our object appear. In the middle window data for the selected object appears.

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Project types

migRaven proposes three types of projects:


  1. Scan Your resources  (a Share or directory tree is read)
  2. Novell migration (Trustee information is imported)
  3. Import a table (predefined structures can be imported from an Excel table)


Start menu

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Project typ “Scan Resources”

1. For each Share a new project

1.1. Reading directories and permissions

In migRaven one always works with a project. This is the logical unit, which is to be processed. This can, for example, be a share or a directory below a share. In ideal cases it is the point, which is also mounted by the users or is connected in the DFS. Thereby it is ensured, that all permissions – including the list permissions – are correctly created by migRaven.

1.2. Best Practice: for each Share a new project is placed

When you define the individual shares as standalone projects, then you have time to process this in peace and “Step by Step” to copy the data in the new directories and then provide these to the users.

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How does the Novell connector work?

Authorizations are transferred from Novell to Microsoft on the basis of the Trustee Information of the appropriate Novell Volume.

Under Novell it is possible not only to assign rights to users and groups but moreover to other projects from the active directory, like organization units. The use of OUs for assigning authorizations is a simple method, as new objects need not be created anymore. Furthermore it is common practice in Novell to create rights directly on the user level.

The Novell Connector of migRaven is in the position to transfer all these rights sensibly in the Microsoft world. Prerequisite: The user accounts have been replicated to Microsoft and have been assigned via the SAM.

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Project typ “Table import”

1. Function

In case of Table-Import, you can insert, migrate and write the authorizations provided in a table (e.g. Excel-table) in a provided share.

2. Table structure

The table structure expected by migRaven looks as follows:




Read and Execute



Modify Plus

Full Control

\directory\projectfiles domain\gr1;domain\gr2 domain\gr3

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