Preventing Linked Documents from Being Removed

If the user groups All internal users or All internal and external users do not have edit permissions on a linked document from an external file source, the document is removed from the external file source when it is added to M-Files.

This behavior can be prevented by making the following changes on the M-Files Server computer:

  1. Add the following registry key and value:
    Key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Motive\M-Files\<version>\Server\MFServer
    Value name IgnoreACLsForExternalLinks
    Value type REG_DWORD
    Description Prevents linked documents from being removed from the external file source if document vault users do not have edit permissions to them.
    Value 1
  2. Use Windows Task Manager to restart the MFServer service:
    1. Right-click the taskbar and select Task Manager from the context menu.
      Result:The Task Manager window is opened.
    2. Open the Services tab.
    3. Right-click the MFServer service and select Restart from the context menu.
Linked documents are now not removed from the external source even if document vault users do not have edit permissions to the linked documents.

The default behavior can be restored by setting the IgnoreACLsForExternalLinks value to 0, and then restarting the M-Files Server service via Windows Task Manager.