On windows server core, how can I copy file located in my local computer to the windows server ?

  • Do you already know how to copy files to a Window Server that is not Server Core? – Todd Wilcox Jun 19 '18 at 19:24

With the command-line copy command, perhaps.

Here's the interactive help for it:

 C:\>copy /?
 Copies one or more files to another location.

 COPY [/D] [/V] [/N] [/Y | /-Y] [/Z] [/L] [/A | /B ] source [/A | /B]
      [+ source [/A | /B] [+ ...]] [destination [/A | /B]]

  source       Specifies the file or files to be copied.
  /A           Indicates an ASCII text file.
  /B           Indicates a binary file.
  /D           Allow the destination file to be created decrypted
  destination  Specifies the directory and/or filename for the new file(s).
  /V           Verifies that new files are written correctly.
  /N           Uses short filename, if available, when copying a file with a
               non-8dot3 name.
  /Y           Suppresses prompting to confirm you want to overwrite an
               existing destination file.
  /-Y          Causes prompting to confirm you want to overwrite an
               existing destination file.
  /Z           Copies networked files in restartable mode.
  /L           If the source is a symbolic link, copy the link to the target
               instead of the actual file the source link points to.

The switch /Y may be preset in the COPYCMD environment variable.
This may be overridden with /-Y on the command line.  Default is
to prompt on overwrites unless COPY command is being executed from
within a batch script.

To append files, specify a single file for destination, but multiple files
for source (using wildcards or file1+file2+file3 format).


Or were you referring to where to copy it?

If you have admin credentials, you can use an administrative share, which would be \\<server name>\c$ for the root of the C: drive on the server. You can get to the root of other drives the same way.

Or you can use server manager to create a share. Or you can use Computer Management to create a share.

In Windows Explorer on your computer - not the server open up the folder containing the file to you want to copy. Go to Start -> Run and type in \\<name of the server>\c$ and hit Enter. That should open a new explorer window showing the C: drive on the server - if it asks for a username and password, enter your administrator account credentials on the server. Now you can copy and paste from one explorer window to the other like normal.

  • thanks todd, but how to do ? – loki Jun 19 '18 at 19:23
  • no i still not see how to do :( i m under remote desktop – loki Jun 19 '18 at 19:33
  • @loki Do you know how to copy files from one machine to another when the server is not server core? – Todd Wilcox Jun 19 '18 at 19:36
  • I do with Ctrl-C / Ctrl-V and total commander – loki Jun 19 '18 at 19:38
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    @loki See my edit. You might consider adding the GUI to the server core so that it's easier for you to work with. – Todd Wilcox Jun 19 '18 at 19:41

This is not an ideal answer but for quick moving file between local and remote server core.

  1. Enable ssh on server core
  2. Using winscp to quick drag & drop file from local to server.

The server core itself must support ssh of course.

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