Reliable Copying - Robocopy?
Posted on 2004-09-12
I am currently using Symantec's V2i Server Protector on a Windows 2003 Server and backing up (incrementals) hourly to a network share. This is working fine.
I wish to copy the files in the network share once a day (say 6pm) as a Scheduled Task to an external USB hard drive subject to the following requirements:
- I only wish new files to be copied to the external drive (ie nothing overwritten)
- I want the job to abort and cancel itself if the external drive is not available. Future jobs should still run however without any intervention.
- If an error occurs I would like this logged somewhere in the Windows 2003 Server Event logs and a network or SMTP-relayed email warning sent to one or more network users.
I have taken a look at Robocopy (the Windows 2003 Resource Kit is installed) and this looks to be fine but I wonder how reliable it is and whether it can cope with large files when a full backup is run once a week (~40Gb of data) without taking out the computer to which it is attached!
Can anyone advise on whether the above is possible and also the syntax needed please for whatever utility recommended.