"Duplicate to" creates links to original objects instead of copying them

Document ID : KB000088061
Last Modified Date : 14/04/2018
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Issue:
Error Message :
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When using "duplicate to" to copy a folder, the objects it contains will not be duplicated. Links to the original objects will be created instead.

Investigation

Example: Folder 'playground' contains a sub-folder 'Upgrade_checker' with various objects inside:

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When using "Duplicate to" (right click on the folder > Duplicate / Link /move > Duplicate to...)
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to copy it to another folder - 'DUPLICATE' in this example
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The folder is duplicated and renamed to 'UPGRADE_CHECKER.NEW.1', but only links to the original objects are created, not actual copies.
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Environment:
OS Version: N/A
Cause:
Cause type:
By design
Root Cause: Behavior is as designed to avoid negative impact on AE’s performance resulting from attempts to duplicate many objects at the same time.
Resolution:
The behavior is as designed to avoid negative impact on the Automation Engine's performance as a result of attempting to duplicate numerous objects at the same time.  Use the workaround outlined above.

Fix Status: No Fix

Fix Version(s):
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Additional Information:
Workaround :
Duplicate the objects in the original folder:
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then move them to the desired location:
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