Whilst helping a customer upgrade to the latest version of Content Manager, I saw something that I've been seeing more often. They had numerous unknown locations associated as contacts to their email records. That is common enough, but these were improperly parsed SMTP addresses.
The administrator of that dataset was manually removing these locations from the dataset as they have no value. However, Content Manager does not allow you to remove a location if there are contact relationships in existence. The screen-shot below demonstrates the error message you'd receive if you tried to manually remove the location.
To work around this the administrator was selecting a location to use as a replacement. The end result is a location in Content Manager which is a contact on thousands upon thousands of records. It doesn't make much sense to me.
One possible solution is to create a new add-in which would allow the administrator to remove the contact relationships before deleting the location. Other possible solutions include: location add-in to automatically removing all contact relationships pre-delete, record add-in to automatically remove all contact relationships post-save, event processor add-in to automatically remove the contact relationships post record registration, and a stand-alone console app to show/correct all locations with this issue. To me it makes the most sense to create a location add-in which allows the administrator to manually remove these contact relationships. If the solution works well, then crafting something to do it in an automated fashion would make sense as the next step.
You can download the add-in here.
Solution in Action
When the administrator right-clicks on a location they'll see this:
When the administrator clicks the "Remove Contact Relationships" they'll either be prompted to confirm the removal of the record contact relationships, like so:
Or the administrator will be told there are no relationships to remove:
After the removal has completed the results are shown to the administrator:
The add-in also works if you tag multiple locations and then invoke the add-in:
The behavior is slightly different when working with tagged locations. You won't be prompted to confirm the removal. The record contact relationships will be removed and then a results dialog will indicate the total number removed, as shown below.
Installing the Add-in
Launch the installer and then click next on the welcome dialog:
Alternate the installation path, if necessary, to reflect the actual folder of your HPE Content Manager x64 installation. The installer does not intelligently detect the actual install folder. Click Next after confirming installation path.
Click Install when presented with the confirmation dialog:
Depending on your workstation configuration, you may be prompted by Windows to authorize the installation. Click yes if prompted. Once the installation is completed you'll be shown the completion dialog. Click Finish on that to close the installer.
If you open windows Explorer you should see one new file in the installation folder:
Configuring the add-in
Open HPE Content Manager and then click External Links from the Administration ribbon:
Click New Generic Add-in (.Net):
Update the new generic add-in dialog as shown in the image below and then click Ok
If the Add-in is installed correctly then the dialog will close and you'll see the add-in listed in the listbox on the external links dialog, as shown below.
Click Properties and then click the Used By tab:
Check both the unknown and person location types and then click Ok.