Robocopy is a command line file copy utility for Windows-based operating systems.

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Roaming Profile Permissions and Migration

Currently a client as 2003 DC and we are migrating them to a 2008R2 on a 2012 Hyper-V Host. They have a handful of roaming profiles - but with the usual setup - i.e. the only permissions on the actual ...
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Robocopy not working for Active Directory snapshot backups

I am trying to automate backups of a Windows 2008 Active Directory database (ntds.dit). Mounted AD snapshots get created in C:\$SNAPxxxxxxxxxx\Windows\NTDS. The script below works for creating, ...
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Move, and split up, 5TB of data

Here is the scenario: I have 5 TB (yes, that's a T) of files on a Windows server that I need to migrate to a new server in as short and efficient time as possible. (Think: Robocopy, Rsync, etc as I ...
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Robocopy: Why you no include same?

So here's my script: robocopy X:\WebApplications\Harrier\Stage X:\WebApplications\Harrier\production /is /e /xf: web.config robocopy X:\WebApplications\Osprey\Stage ...
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Is file copying limited by free space on C drive?

I have some Windows Server 2003 and 2008 boxes that have files I need to copy that are in the range of 20 GB to 80 GB ranges. The 20 GB files transfer without a problem from one server to another ...
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robocopy mirror, but do not use timestamps

Is it possible to use ROBOCOPY to mirror a directory, but ignore the sources timestamps? I've tried the following: robocopy \source\folder \destination\folder /MT:16 /PURGE /COPY:D /E But once I ...
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Long 'pause' after copying large files on windows 2008

I have a mystery regarding pauses after file copies on windows server 2088 (and other releases) When copying large files, like vhds, to locally attached USB disks I often see a long pause after the ...
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Full backup, files copy or VSS for disk replacement on a Windows 2003 server?

I have to replace all disks of a Raid 5 volume for more space on a Windows 2003. I want to see what is the more reliable method to backup or move data of this volume (about 800 Gb). In first I was ...
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robocopy - if a folder is excluded, but then removed from the source, it is removed from the destination also

I have a robocopy script that uses /xd to exclude some folders in a /MIR copy which works well unless I delete the folder from the source - in which case it does not exclude the folder, it includes it ...
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Overriding destination directory from ROBOCOPY Job file?

I am using Robocopy for backing up my project directories to an external disk, and it works like a charm. Except for one little issue: sometimes, I wish I could override the destination directory ...
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Make incremental and differential backups with Robocopy?

I wanted to know if it is possible to make incremental and differential backups using just Robocopy and arguments. Putting it in a simple bat and making that bat run in Task Scheduler seems like a ...
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Robocopy - Share to Share copy over network - Files did not end up in the expected location

A client of mine recently got a new Windows 2012 server to replace an old Windows XP Professional computer we were using as a file server. Everything appeared to be copying fine, I stored a log file ...
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Copy Files/Folders on Windows Volumes Created from Mac

We are trying to migrate storage from one volume to another, and we are running into problems with folders and files created from Mac OSX. The current file storage is on windows, and unfortunately ...
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Copy over lan : best way to segment copy?

I do not really know where to post my message. Networks or system or scripting, so ... I have a requirement in my company. Here is the goal : Monthly I'll have to copy a package> 500MB on 25 ...
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How many threads is robocopy really using?

I'm trying to copy a huge number of small files (30M x 150k) from one server to another over a network, like this: robocopy sourceDir \\1.2.3.4\destDir /s /MT:32 /NP /LOG:d:\robocopy.log The copy ...
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Robocopy mirror to Samba keeps rewriting files

We have a Samba share to which I am copying files with robocopy /mir. Problem is the next time I try and sync that with robocopy /mir it copies all files again even though they haven't changed. I ...
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Bulk file copy while limiting disk utilization?

I saw that Robocopy can limit network bandwidth in this answer How do you limit the bandwidth for a file copy? I have plenty of bandwidth on the LAN, but I don't want to saturate the disk on the ...
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Robocopy from one to many

I am trying to use robocopy to update some internal AV clients that are not working. They will update once I the files are copied manually in. I've tried the following robocopy script, but can't get ...
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Copy folder structure template to current folder

When our users create a new Project folder, I would like it to automatically copy a template folder structure and the template's permissions. So far the only thing I've come up with is a batch script ...
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unknown user name or bad password with robocopy

Im trying to robocopy some folders in windows to a different windows server which is not shared via a perl script. I access them via \servername\drive$\path in the perl path. This script will be run ...
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Best way to spread ~4gb of data(windows updates) to ~50clients

I have a few Windows updates of a few operating systems. Those are made with the program wsusoffline and contain several .cab and .exe files. I got those on a USB. What is the best way to deploy them ...
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Using Robocopy to Move a directory including all structure and files to another drive

I have seen this question asked many times and the answers following the question seem to vary so much it is hard to believe there isn't one simple way of doing this. Problem: I need to merge the ...
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Robocopy - change language

Is there a way to change the output language or robocopy? I have a lot of scripts that run and I find a script that extracts only important info from the output but works only in english which isn't ...
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Robocopy ignoring newer folders and files created after initial copy

When transferring a file share from one Windows Server 2012 R2 machine to another, I ran a robocopy command like this (from "server2"): robocopy "\\server1\e$\shared-folders\install" ...
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Is this the Right Way to Perserve Owners, Permissions and Attributes when copying files with robocopy?

Note: This example is making a copy of an existing directory to an non-existing prior to copying directory. Note: When my scheduled tasks were giving me an error, this is how I went about ...
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Robocopy cannot find specific directory

I am migrating our file server from 2008 to 2012R2. Currently i am trying to copy all folders and files to our new server but the command isnt working correctly. Here is what i am using: robocopy G: ...
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Using Robocopy to copy only missing and older files

A few days ago I added a new member server to a DFS folder replication and refferal, DFSR started the initial replication. Yesterday I got an event in the logs from DFSR (4104), telling the initial ...
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Reasons why Robocopy would skip a folder and not write it to the log file

I'm in the process of trying to troubleshoot a Robocopy job on Windows 2008 R2 SP 1 where the job states that a folder was skipped in the copy process (at the end of the copy job) yet does not show 1) ...