Custom XML Examples

Example 1: Migrating an unsupported application

The following template is a template for the sections that you need to migrate your application. The template isn't functional on its own, but you can use it to write your own .xml file.

Template

Expand to show Example 1 application template:
<migration urlid="http://www.microsoft.com/migration/1.0/migxmlext/migtestapp">
  <component type="Application">
    <!-- Name of the application -->
    <displayName>Some Application</displayName>
    <!-- Specify whether the environment variables exist in the context of user or system or both -->
    <environment context="System">
      <!-- Create the environment variables -->
      <variable name="myVar1">
        <!-- Simple text value assignment to a variable -->
        <text>value</text>
      </variable>
      <variable name="myAppExePath">
        <!-- Make a call to in-built helper function to get a value from a reg key and assign that value to the variable -->
        <script>MigXMLHelper.GetStringContent("Registry","HKLM\Software\MyApp\Installer [EXEPATH]")</script>
      </variable>
    </environment>
    <role role="Settings">
      <detects>
        <!-- All of these checks must be true for the component to be detected -->
        <detect>
          <!-- Make a call to in-built helper function to check if an object exists or not -->
          <condition>MigXMLHelper.DoesObjectExist("Registry","HKLM\Software\MyApp [win32_version]")</condition>
        </detect>
        <detect>
          <!-- Either of these checks must be true for the component to be detected -->
          <!-- Make a call to in-built helper function to check if a file version matches or not -->
          <condition>MigXMLHelper.DoesFileVersionMatch("%MyAppExePath%","ProductVersion","8.*")</condition>
          <condition>MigXMLHelper.DoesFileVersionMatch("%MyAppExePath%","ProductVersion","9.*")</condition>
        </detect>
      </detects>
      <!-- Describe the rules that will be executed during migration of this component and the context, whether user, system or both -->
      <rules context="User">
        <!-- Delete objects specified in the object set on the destination computer before applying source objects -->
        <destinationCleanup>
          <!-- Describe the pattern for the list of objects to be deleted -->
          <objectSet>
            <pattern type="Registry">HKCU\Software\MyApp\Toolbar\* [*]</pattern>
            <pattern type="Registry">HKCU\Software\MyApp\ListView\* [*]</pattern>
            <pattern type="Registry">HKCU\Software\MyApp [ShowTips]</pattern>
          </objectSet>
        </destinationCleanup>
        <!-- Specify which set of objects should be migrated -->
        <include>
          <!-- Describe the pattern for the list of objects to be included -->
          <objectSet>
            <pattern type="Registry">HKCU\Software\MyApp\Toolbar\* [*]</pattern>
            <pattern type="Registry">HKCU\Software\MyApp\ListView\* [*]</pattern>
            <pattern type="Registry">HKCU\Software\MyApp [ShowTips]</pattern>
          </objectSet>
        </include>
        <!-- Specify which set of objects should not be migrated -->
        <exclude>
          <!-- Describe the pattern for the list of objects to be excluded from migration -->
          <objectSet>
            <pattern type="Registry">HKCU\Software\MyApp [Display]</pattern>
          </objectSet>
        </exclude>
      </rules>
    </role>
  </component>
</migration>

Example 2: Migrating the My Videos folder

The following sample is a custom .xml file named CustomFile.xml that migrates My Videos for all users, if the folder exists on the source computer.

  • Sample condition: Verifies that My Videos exists on the source computer:

    <condition>MigXmlHelper.DoesObjectExist("File","%CSIDL_MYVIDEO%")</condition>

  • Sample filter: Filters out the shortcuts in My Videos that don't resolve on the destination computer:

    <include filter='MigXmlHelper.IgnoreIrrelevantLinks()'>

    This filter has no effect on files that aren't shortcuts. For example, if there's a shortcut in My Videos on the source computer that points to C:\Folder1, that shortcut will be migrated only if C:\Folder1 exists on the destination computer. However, all other files, such as .mp3 files, migrate without any filtering.

  • Sample pattern: Migrates My Videos for all users:

    <pattern type="File">%CSIDL_MYVIDEO%* [*]</pattern>

XML file

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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<migration urlid="http://www.microsoft.com/migration/1.0/migxmlext/CustomFile">
<component type="Documents" context="User">
        <displayName>My Video</displayName>
        <role role="Data">
            <detects>           
                <detect>
                    <condition>MigXmlHelper.DoesObjectExist("File","%CSIDL_MYVIDEO%")</condition>
                </detect>
            </detects>
            <rules>
                <include filter='MigXmlHelper.IgnoreIrrelevantLinks()'>
                    <objectSet>
                        <pattern type="File">%CSIDL_MYVIDEO%\* [*]</pattern>
                    </objectSet>
                </include>
           </rules>
        </role>
    </component>
</migration>

Example 3: Migrating files and registry keys

The sample patterns describe the behavior in the following example .xml file.

  • Sample pattern: Migrates all instances of the file Usmttestfile.txt from all subdirectories under %ProgramFiles%\USMTTestFolder:

    <pattern type="File">%ProgramFiles%\USMTTestFolder* [USMTTestFile.txt]</pattern>

  • Sample pattern: Migrates the whole directory under %ProgramFiles%\USMTDIRTestFolder:

    <pattern type="File">%ProgramFiles%\USMTDIRTestFolder* []</pattern>

  • Sample pattern: Migrates all instances of MyKey under HKCU\Software\USMTTESTKEY:

    <pattern type="Registry">HKCU\Software\USMTTESTKEY* [MyKey]</pattern>

  • Sample pattern: Migrates the entire registry hive under HKLM\Software\USMTTESTKEY:

    <pattern type="Registry">HKLM\Software\USMTTESTKEY* []</pattern>

XML file

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<migration urlid="http://www.microsoft.com/migration/1.0/migxmlext/testfilemig">
  <component type="Application" context="System">
   <displayName>File Migration Test</displayName>
   <role role="Data">
    <rules context="System">
     <include>
      <objectSet>
        <pattern type="File">%ProgramFiles%\USMTTestFolder\* [USMTTestFile.txt]</pattern>
        <pattern type="File">%ProgramFiles%\USMTDIRTestFolder\* [*]</pattern>
      </objectSet>
    </include>
   </rules>
  </role>
</component>
<component type="System">
  <displayName>Registry Migration Test</displayName>
  <role role="Settings">
   <rules context="UserAndSystem">
     <include>
      <objectSet>
          <pattern type="Registry">HKCU\Software\USMTTESTKEY\* [MyKey]</pattern>
          <pattern type="Registry">HKLM\Software\USMTTESTKEY\* [*]</pattern>
      </objectSet>
     </include>
   </rules>
  </role>
 </component>
</migration>

Example 4: Migrating specific folders from various locations

The behavior for this custom .xml file is described within the <displayName> tags in the code.

XML file

Expand to show Example 4 XML file:
<migration urlid="http://www.microsoft.com/migration/1.0/migxmlext/test">

<component type="Documents" context="System">
  <displayName>Component to migrate all Engineering Drafts subfolders without documents in this folder </displayName>
  <role role="Data">
    <rules>
         <include>
            <objectSet>
                 <pattern type="File"> C:\EngineeringDrafts\* [*]</pattern>
            </objectSet>
          </include>
         <exclude>
            <objectSet>
                 <pattern type="File"> C:\EngineeringDrafts\ [*]</pattern>
            </objectSet>
         </exclude>
    </rules>
  </role>
</component>

<component type="Documents" context="System">
  <displayName>Component to migrate all user documents except Sample.doc</displayName>
  <role role="Data">
    <rules>
          <include>
            <objectSet>
                 <pattern type="File"> C:\UserDocuments\* [*]</pattern>
            </objectSet>
          </include>
          <exclude>
             <objectSet>
                 <pattern type="File"> C:\UserDocuments\ [Sample.doc]</pattern>
             </objectSet>
          </exclude>
    </rules>
  </role>
</component>

<component type="Documents" context="System">
  <displayName>Component to migrate all Requests folders on any drive on the computer </displayName>
  <role role="Data">
    <rules>
         <include>
            <objectSet>
                 <script>MigXmlHelper.GenerateDrivePatterns ("\Requests\* [*] ", "Fixed")</script>            
                 <script>MigXmlHelper.GenerateDrivePatterns ("*\Requests\* [*] ", "Fixed")</script>            
            </objectSet>
          </include>
    </rules>
  </role>
</component>

<component type="Documents" context="System">
  <displayName>Component to migrate all Presentations folder from any location on the C: drive </displayName>
  <role role="Data">
    <rules>
         <include>
            <objectSet>                 
                 <pattern type="File"> C:\*\Presentations\* [*]</pattern>
                 <pattern type="File"> C:\Presentations\* [*]</pattern>
           </objectSet>
          </include>
    </rules>
  </role>
</component>
</migration>

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