Duplicate SharePoint Document ID

Xiaoyi 1 Reputation point

i am using MS graph API to scan excel files in my sharepoint. As i have many files to process and i dont want to hand code the file names, i have a loop to automatically generate the file name and check if there is a valid document ID associated with that file name. If there is, scan begins. If there is none, skip scan.

now i am seeing a file name whose corresponding file never exists in my sharepoint is sharing the same document id of another file. as a result, this non-exist file is being scanned and its content is exactly same as the other file but named differently.

may i know why this happened and how can i resolve this?

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  1. Xiaoyi 1 Reputation point

    Did some testing:

    Let's say FilenameA and FilenameB (both don't exist) are having same Document ID 123 as FileC (does exist)

    I make a copy of FileC in sharepoint (FileC - Copy is created)
    I delete FileC, keep FileC - Copy
    Now FileC - Copy has a new Document ID, 456
    I rename FileC - Copy to FileC, new Document ID 456 remains
    But, when i check Document ID of FIleA and FileB, instead of having Document ID as 123, both becomes 456.

    So it seems like FilenameA and FilenameB are "following" FileC and will "inherit" Document ID of FileC

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  2. Tong Zhang_MSFT 8,976 Reputation points

    Hi @Xiaoyi ,

    Thank you for the detailed description of the case.

    When I received the case, I searched a lot of documents did a lot of researches. And I feel regretful to inform you that no documentation has been found to explain this situation now.

    You can try to reset the Document ID to solve this problem:

    Solution 1:
    1.Go to Site Settings ->Site Collection Administration->Document ID settings

    2.Select "Reset all Document IDs in this Site Collection to begin with these characters.", then click "OK"

    Solution 2:
    Reset the Document ID of the file via PowerShell:

    # Provide credentials over here  
    $creds = (New-Object System.Management.Automation.PSCredential "<<UserName>>",(ConvertTo-SecureString "<<PassWord>>" -AsPlainText -Force))  
    # Provide URL of the Site over here  
    # If you do not wish to pass credentials hard coded then you can use: -Credentials (Get-Credential). This will prompt to enter credentials  
    Connect-PnPOnline -Url https://xxxxx.sharepoint.com/sites/xxxx-Credentials $creds  
    $file = Get-PnPFile "test_library/Document1.docx"  
    $file.ListItemAllFields["_dlc_DocId"] = "DOCID-567585"  


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  3. Xiaoyi 1 Reputation point

    Another round of testing:

    I manually created 2 empty files with name FilenameA and FilenameB and uploaded them into sharepoint.
    Now I can see both have different Document ID than FileC.
    I thought this will change the Document ID of FilenameA and FilenameB for good and I do want to keep my sharepoint clean and tidy. So I deleted these 2 empty files.
    However, Document ID of FilenameA and FilenameB changed back after being deleted from sharepoint and now they are equal to Document ID of FileC again.

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