IT Tips & Tricks

25 February 2021

North of the 45th Parallel: Hours — Not Months — To Solve Upgrade Issues

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If a billion-dollar company with over 50,000 employees told you that your product is the best, you’d be tempted to delightedly yell it from the rooftops, right?

If the use of your product meant that they solved their issue in a matter of hours instead of having to hire a team of contractors to spend weeks or months fixing the problem, you might even (understandably) feel pretty proud about it, oui?

The company is SNC-Lavalin, a Canadian company that provides engineering, procurement and construction services to various industries, including mining and metallurgy, oil and gas, environment and water, infrastructure, and clean power.

SNC-Lavalin is the largest construction company, by revenue, in Canada. When their IT department ran into a significant technical glitch, they used LinkFixer Advanced to solve it.

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Montreal, Canada: Headquarters of SNC-Lavalin.

Here’s their response to a standard post-service survey. (And yes, we’re tickled pink!)

Please describe the project that you used the software on or the problem you were trying to resolve with LinkFixer.

“We had a web link pointing to our central repository server used to page our support teams. They upgraded the web server and also decided to change the server URL. We had over 2,000 references to the old link that needed to be updated. This was a huge undertaking that would require multiple hours, days or months to complete. We quickly began searching for an automated solution. It wasn't long before we found LinkFixer. This solution proved to be exactly what we needed. The LinkTek salesperson set us up with the right package and we were able to configure the software and get our links resolved in a fraction of the time.”

“We had initially planned to recruit contract help to get the task completed. We were able to do it with one person, one license and one computer in just over two hours.”

How did using LinkFixer help you with the project or solve that particular problem?

“We were able to target the links that needed to change and with a few clicks, all documents were updated to the new URL.”

How much time and money did using LinkFixer save you or your company?

“We had initially planned to recruit contract help to get the task completed. We were able to do it with one person, one license and one computer in just over two hours.”

Anything else you would like to add?

“This software is hands-down the best, if not the only, software of its kind on the market. Don't mess around with trying to solve a problem on your own. Get LinkFixer!

“The software has made things a whole lot easier for us. We converted links in over 4,000 documents in a little less than 2 days (most of that was spent importing and exporting data). We have also used it on some other things here and there, but for the most part, the time we saved on the initial project paid for the software in itself.

“The application has (also) helped us sort out the issues we had with the migration of several hundred links in Excel …. Thanks to LinkFixer we were able to complete the migration of the software while maintaining the integrity of the data.” — V.H., IT Lead, SNC-Lavalin Inc.

Whether you’re facing an upcoming migration (and want to avoid problems with data that goes missing due to broken links) or you’ve already completed a migration and have more missing data than you’d care to shake a hockey stick at, LinkFixer Advanced is your one-stop solution.

When the Game Gets Tough, the Tough Get LinkFixer Advanced

Let’s talk pre-migration first. If you haven’t started migrating files and folders yet, this is the best time to let LinkFixer Advanced serve you. First, you would use the LinkFixer Advanced “Inoculate” feature which will prepare and protect all the links in all the files and folders you select, even if there are millions of them.

After that, go ahead and conduct your migration using whatever software and tools you like. You don’t even have to think about your file links. Why? Because the “Inoculate” feature has set them up so LinkFixer Advanced can auto-re-link them later. After your migration is completed, simply use the “Cure” feature, which will automatically resolve all the links so they all point exactly where they should again. And it does this for you in a single batch run. Voilà!

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Fast and accurate, LinkFixer Advanced provides a smooth solution.

Another option, if you haven’t migrated yet, would be to use the “Move and Rename” feature to physically move files and folders themselves.

If you already have certain tools you need to use for your migration, see above. But, if not, you could use LinkFixer Advanced as your migrator.

What if you could move and rename all your files and folders without having a bunch of broken links when you are done?

Let’s take a moment to review some fundamentals. When you’re migrating from one server to another, from a local server into the cloud, or even if you’re simply restructuring your current file system or doing an upgrade, either way, file links will break. They can’t help themselves. It’s the nature of the beast.

Before the advent of LinkFixer Advanced, broken links could result in hundreds or even thousands of man-hours of extra post-migration work, as was anticipated by the IT professionals at SNC-Lavalin.

What if you could move and rename all your files and folders without having a bunch of broken links when you are done? What if you could save all those man-hours and head off complaining end-users at the pass?

If that sounds like migration heaven to you, then you may as well know that with the “Move and Rename” feature of LinkFixer Advanced — and also with the above-mentioned “Inoculate & Cure” feature — that’s exactly what’s going to happen. You’re welcome, or, as they say in Montréal, “de rien.” (That’s French for “you’re welcome”.)

Lastly, there’s the question of what if the migration is already complete and you’ve got broken links everywhere, like litter at the rink after a particularly boisterous hockey game? It’s not too late. If this is your situation, LinkFixer Advanced has a feature for that too. Think of LinkFixer Advanced as your all-in-one disaster recovery tool/rink clean-up crew.

The “Modify Links” feature can rapidly fix thousands of links at a time, so that each link points to the file it’s supposed to, thereby restoring your missing data. (Think of that rink as perfectly cleaned, the ice smooth as glass and waiting …)

Zamboni Time…

Understandably, in an ideal world, you’d use LinkFixer Advanced before your migration, making life a whole lot easier. But even if you didn’t, the “Modify Links” feature can still save your (Canadian) bacon, preventing the expense of hundreds or thousands of man-hours and it will get it done vite (that’s French for fast)!

For more information, please call 727-442-1822 to talk to a friendly Service Consultant or visit us at www.LinkTek.com. We can help you make this process so smooth, you’d swear our middle name was Zamboni.

What if you could save all those man-hours and head off complaining end-users at the pass?

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