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  • #80888

    Brian Jacobson
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    I have an application that has a bat file which can be ran which exports the configuration of the application to a directory named conf-exported. When it is ran, it creates a subdirectory in conf-exported named with a date time stamp format. For example, YYYYMMDDHHMMSS. I can automated the batch file to run daily in order to have the application configuration backed up daily. What I would like to do is move the subdirectory to another server. A copy is not good because the configuration contains encrypted credentials which may not work if I try to use the configuration on another server.

    Is there a simple way to do this in Powershell and create and update a log each time the subdirectory has been moved. Please advise. Thank you.

  • #80978

    Bill Kindle
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    Move-Item is the cmdlet you want to use.

    • #80989

      Brian Jacobson
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      I think I may be able to use ROBOCOPY instead. I will test and see. Thanks.

  • #81085

    Snak3d0c
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    Well, you indeed should use RoboCopy for this but not because that's easier and you are a beginner at Powershell.
    It's just the right tool for the job. You could create a BAT file with something that looks like this:

    set tdate=%date: =%
    set tdate=%tdate:/=%
    set ttime=%time::=%
    set ttime=%ttime:.=%
    set ttime=%ttime: =%
    
    echo off
    Robocopy \\ServerA\Folder1 \\ServerB\Folder1 /COPYALL /MOVE /R:2 /W:1 /log:c:\robocopy\AT_%tdate%-%ttime%_transferFiles.txt /v /tee /fp /eta
    

    So this way, each job would have a unique filename that has the date on which it was executed.
    You can lookup the parameters yourself (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc733145(v=ws.11).aspx),
    these are the ones i use mostly. It adds some visibility when you run them manually. In the scope of the script, some aren't as useful since you won't ever look at it.

    For reference:

    /mov
    Moves files, and deletes them from the source after they are copied.
    /move
    Moves files and directories, and deletes them from the source after they are copied.
    

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