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Orphaned Parent Labels

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When testing I created a label that was used as the default in a label policy. I have since used the same label as a parent label to multiple sublabels. The issue is I now have orphaned parent labels that have been applied to items. I would like to lift and shift all items labeled with a parent label to one of the sub labels. 


I have not found a good way to do this programmatically. 


For instance 100 Items labeled "Internal". 


Internal is now the parent label to "Internal - General", and "Internal - HR" Neither Parent label or Sub Labels have a protection template associated with them. However, when I run the PS against the Parent label to delete, I obviously cannot as it exists as a parent label. 


Is there a good way to grab the GUID for each and apply one of the newer sublabels so I no longer have orphaned labels?

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If a File was already labeled with a standalone label it isn't a good idea to change it to a parent label.
You could use content explorer to find those files and relabel them manually.

There is also another thread on a similar topic



Thank you for the reply. I would not be moving an already labeled item from one parent label to another but from a parent label to a sublabel created under the parent label. I have written some PS to accomplish but so far I have been unable to complete the task programmatically. 


The parent label was used for testing and the sublabel was created under the parent label after testing was complete, so, I have 40k labeled documents with an orphaned label. Relabeling manually wouldnt really be an option. 

There are some similar discussions here
You can join that community and ask how other did it using SDK.