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September 18, 2015 at 6:12 am

Hi Team,

I am using Robocopy command to copy some files/directory from a pullserver to target node in DSC. When I run the same command in powershell it works fine, but when I am using the same in Script resource , it gives me Access Denied error.(I tried using xRobocopy module, but got the same error).

All other DSC scripts running fine with the same credential(Even some file resource written to copy some file also work fine).Here is the robocopy command

ROBOCOPY.exe "\\$PullServer\d`$\xxxxxxx" "D:\xxxxx" /DCOPY:T /MIR /v /log:D:\logcopy.txt

Any suggestion would be much appreciated.

Thanks,
Aravinda

September 18, 2015 at 7:19 am

Do you have WMF v4 or v5 Production Preview installed on your DSC node?

September 18, 2015 at 7:25 am

If you are using WMF v5 Production Preview you will need to set PSDSCRunAsCredential of your Script resource.

configuration Example
{
    param
    (
        [Paramater(Mandatory)]
        [PSCredential]
        $AdminCredential
    )

    Script Test
    {
        GetScript = {}
        SetScript = {}
        TestScript = {}
        PsDscRunAsCredential = $AdminCredential
    }
}

Similar to examples on below pages:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powershell/archive/2015/07/06/validate-powershell-dsc-runascredential.aspx
https://github.com/PowerShell/xRobocopy

September 24, 2015 at 5:35 am

Hi Daniel,

Currently I am on WMF v4 and I am already using Admin account to run this script, but it throws a Access Denied error 5.

The real problem is the same command works fine powershell window opened in the same Admin credential, but it does not work in DSC

Here is the DSC script repository:

Script copyRepository
{

GetScript = {
#Do Nothing
}

SetScript ={
C:\Windows\System32\Robocopy.exe "\\xxxxxxx\xxxServerxxxx" "D:\xxxx" /DCOPY:T /MIR /v /log:D:\logcopy.txt
}

TestScript = {
$false
}
Credential = $cred

}

In event viewer Robocopy doesn't throw any error, it simply gets executed correctly only the error comes in log.
So, What might be the issue with Robocopy not working in DSC for a credential , but works fine in powershell with same credential?

Thanks,
Aravinda

September 24, 2015 at 6:05 am

The LCM runs your configurations as System, not as Admin. So when you're testing in the console, that's not the same account that the LCM would use.

September 24, 2015 at 6:16 am

Hi Don,

I checked with the process monitor for both the powershell and DSC in the server. The process for Robocopy is run by the same Admin credential provided.

While opening the powershell window, I am opening it explicitly with the Admin credential and for DSC execution I am providing Credential parameter in Script resource.

Thanks,
Aravinda

October 14, 2015 at 7:36 am

Hi Aravinda,

My experience with robocopy is that it doesn't play well with drive letters as source or destination in scripts. Try using UNC paths:

ROBOCOPY \\Server1\reports \\Server2\backup

November 13, 2015 at 12:29 am

Hi Tony,

I tried this UNC path also, but looks like it throws the same Access Denied error for this when run using ScriptResource, but if I run the same from powershell console it works fine.

I also tried giving full permission to a credential for both folders, but nothing clicked.

Did anybody face the same issue with Robocopy and please let me know if the robocopy is working for anybody in DSC.

Thanks,
Aravinda