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Distributed link tracking can use a unique object identifier (ID) to locate link source files that have been moved locally on a computer or within a Windows 2000 domain. The object ID is stamped into a file when it is made the target of a shortcut or an OLE link. NTFS can maintain the integrity of its references because the objects referenced can be moved transparently. Distributed link tracking stores a file's object ID as part of its tracking information.

Distributed link tracking can resolve broken links in the following circumstances:

  • The link source file has been renamed.

  • The link source file has been moved within the volume, between two volumes on the same computer, or between two computers within the same Windows 2000 Server – based domain.

  • The volume containing the link source file has been installed in another computer running Windows 2000 within the same Windows 2000 Server – based domain.

  • The Windows 2000 – based computer containing the link source file has been renamed.

  • The name of the network share containing the link source file has been changed.

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