Comparison operators with UNC Path

My task is to redirect share permission paths from within the Registry (Windows 2012 server) and I am having issues with isolating the path within a ‘if’ statement argument.

Declare old and new path as a variable
$RegPath Get a list of shares within the Registry

$shareNames = Get a list of just ShareName folders from within the registry

For Each Sharename in Sharename
if (path statement contains the old path)
Change to new path

Commented out Registry assignment and just placed ‘Write-Output’ so I could immediately tell if my statement was ever ‘true’.

#Declare old path and new path
$OldPath = "C:\utility\test"
$NewPath = "C:\utility\test2"

#Get List of Shares
$RegPath = 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Shares'
#Get list of Directory Shares and pipe to 'for each object'
$shareNames = dir -Path $RegPath | Select-Object -ExpandProperty Property
foreach ($shareName in $ShareNames)
    $ShareData = Get-ItemProperty -Path $RegPath -Name $ShareName | Select-Object -ExpandProperty $ShareName
    if (($ShareData | Where-Object { $_ -contains  (“Path=$OldPath")}))
     # $ShareData = $ShareData -replace [regex]::Escape(“Path=$OldPath“), “Path=$NewPath“  
      #Set-ItemProperty -Path $RegPath -Name $ShareName -Value $ShareData

      Write-Output $sharename
    }#end of if statement
}#end of For Each

My Current Shares

C:\Users\bclanton\Google Drive\Code\Projects\TP_RegEdit> Get-SmbShare

Name     ScopeName Path                              Description    
----     --------- ----                              -----------    
ADMIN$   *         C:\Windows                        Remote Admin   
C$       *         C:\                               Default share  
IPC$     *                                           Remote IPC     
Portal   *         C:\Portal                                        
print$   *         C:\Windows\system32\spool\drivers Printer Drivers
Share1$  *         C:\utility\test2\share                           
Share10$ *         C:\utility\test\share10                          
Share2$  *         C:\utility\test\share2                           
Share3$  *         C:\utility\test\share3                           
Share4$  *         C:\utility\test\share4                           
Share5$  *         C:\utility\test\share5                           
Share6$  *         C:\utility\test\share6                           
Share7$  *         C:\utility\test\share7                           
Share8$  *         C:\utility\test\share8                           
Share9$  *         C:\utility\test\share9    

My problem seems to be that the ‘true’ statement is never launching. My troubleshooting steps so far:

    Stepped through code and verified the contents of $_ is what it should be
    Changed { $_ -contains (“Path=$OldPath")})) to { $_ -contains (“Path=c:\utility\test")})) which seems to work, however when I use a partial path { $_ -contains (“c:\utility\test")})), the statement is never 'true'. It seems that 'contains' is not what I want.
      I tried 'like'and 'match' and it also fails. Match fails with "Insufficient hexadecimal digits" error.

    Problem seems to be in my comparison operator?

Welcome to the Forums,

The -contains operator only works if the left side of the comparison is an array and it doesn’t do partial matches.

You’ll need to either use -eq, -like or -match.

$path = 'c:\utility\test2'
$path -eq 'c:\utility\test2'
$path -like 'c:\utility\test*'
$path -match '^c:\\utility\\test'

However, you might want to ask yourself a couple of questions:

  • Why are you diving into the Registry on Windows Server 2012 with the SmbShare cmdlets being available to abstract the complexity of getting the share configuration, removing shares and creating new ones?
  • Is directly changing the Registry values of the shares supported by Microsoft? I’m pretty certain it is not supported and you should use Remove-SmbShare and New-SmbShare to re-create the share with a different path but the same access configuration which is not difficult to achieve.

I have a File Directory structure that contains more than 200+ shares on a file server for hosted client. The majority of the shares are for Home directories, Shared files.

I received a directive that a holding company is being dissolved so root folders of this ‘very large’ tree will be changed. I need to test fully but at least from my Windows 10 laptop, I can modify this registry setting and adjust the path and all share permissions are changed, with a lanman service restart OR a reboot.

Still researching but this seems to be an easier and ‘ensured’ method of getting permissions moved without removing and recreating a share.