I am trying to run a copy command to transfer a Zip file from the local file system to a UNC path on a different server. The file does copy but I get the below error and exit code 1. The user has full permissions on the destination folder.


robocopy "C:\vsts-agent\_work\1\a\" "\\file-clstr\websites\" "Global.zip"


ROBOCOPY :: Robust File Copy for Windows

Started : 12 December 2017 13:36:46 2017/12/12 13:36:46 ERROR 5 (0x00000005) Getting File System Type of Destination \file-clstr\websites\ Access is denied. Source : C:\vsts-agent_work\1\a\ Dest - \file-clstr\websites\ Files : Global.zip

Options : /DCOPY:DA /COPY:DAT /R:1000000 /W:30

                   1    C:\vsts-agent\_work\1\a\
    New File         375.3 m    Global.zip

0.0% 0.2% 0.5% 0.7% 1.0% 1.3% 1.5% 1.8% ...


I had checked folder permissions but not the share permissions. This is what was giving the error.

  • Had the exact same issue, we also forgot to check the share permissions. Thanks for the solution. – CodeBroJohn Aug 9 '19 at 13:51

Adding this in case it helps anyone else... I too experienced Access Denied error with robocopy command. I verified the folder+share permissions.

What it ended up being is the user account that the source computer was running for the robocopy call was 'Local System' rather than a domain or shared local account. This built in account cannot used for network access. The user running the service could not be changed so what I ended up doing is placing the robocopy call in a batch script along with net use to map the share with appropriate account.

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