Accessing remote %systemroot% using UNC

I want to copy a file to or from the %systemroot%\system32 directory on a mix of Windows 2000 and Wndows XP workstations. The systemroot of the Windows 2000 machines is C:\Winnt and the systemroot of the Windows XP machines is C:\Windows. I use a script that loops through a list of workstations, but the repeating command is, for example:

copy \\<hostname>\c$\winnt\system32\logfile.txt

Obviously this will fail on the WIndows XP machines. I would like to use the systemroot variable, but when I try:

copy \\<hostname>\%systemroot%\system32\logfile.txt

it fails because the variable is being resolved on my machine and comes out the wrong syntax anyway (\\<hostname>\c:\winnt...)

How can I use one command that will resolve the remote host's systemroot variable in the copy command? Or what alternatives do I have for accomplishing the same task?

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Hi YEvans,

Try \\hostname\admin$

This should point to the systemroot directory :-)

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YEvansAuthor Commented:
Man I should have known that! I have gotten so used to just using the C$ and D$ admins shares I forgot all about the admin$ share.


Glad I could help :)
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