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Weird question about file transfers on network drives

I have a Windows NT 4.0 server that is locked up in a closet & in-accessible to everyone in the company.  (except me).  That being the case, I would like to setup a batch-file incremental copy of all the files on the main SCSI hard drives to a secondary IDE hard drive on the server.  What I was wondering is, if I took one of the XP workstations and setup a batch file to copy all files from X: to Y: (X being the SCSI drive contents & Y: being the IDE drive contents), does the transfer take place on the server, or do temporary files etc go to the desktop first?

Does that make sense?
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stevenlewisCommented:
Good question, but I would assume they take place on the server
just like if you delete a file on  a share, it doesn't go into the local recycle bin, or even the server recycle bin
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rustyrpageAuthor Commented:
That's what I was thinking too...that's what I want, but just wanted to double check.
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oilers35Commented:
Actually, when using a client to transfer the files, the files do get routed to the client first.  To avoid this, set up a batch file on the server and schedule it.

In order to move data, the client must first read it all, and then write it all to the new location.
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rustyrpageAuthor Commented:
The problem is that with NT 4.0, there is no easy "scheduler" & there is no way for the users to verify the backup each night.
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stevenlewisCommented:
see if this makes it easier
http://www.i386.com/admin/general/atsched.htm
From this link

THE AT SCHEDULER

The AT command schedules commands and programs to run on a computer at a specified time and date. The Schedule service must be running to use the AT command. Schedule NTBACKUP backups and Emergency Repair Disk to run.
Scheduling a Job by command line in NT/2000

AT [\\computername] time [/INTERACTIVE] [ /EVERY:date[,...] | /NEXT:date[,...]] "command"



/interactiveAllows the job to interact with the desktop of the user

who is logged on at the time the job runs./every:date[,...] Runs the command on each specified day(s) of the week or

month. If date is omitted, the current day of the month

is assumed. /next:date[,...]Runs the specified command on the next occurrence of the

day (for example, next Thursday). If date is omitted, the

current day of the month is assumed."command" Is the Windows NT command, or batch program to be run

amples:

AT 9AM /every:M,T,W,Th,F,S c:\batch\tape.bat

AT 7PM /every:Sunday c:\batch\compare.bat



Give AT command a GUI

If you install Internet Explorer 5.0 or you using Windows 2000 both these options have an icon in My Computer or the Control Panel called 'Scheduled Tasks'. This enables AT commands to be scheduled through a GUI. If you don't wish to install IE 5 or Windows 2000 just yet, you can use WINAT from the Resource Kit or Download Smart Schedule Freeware (20K).








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rustyrpageAuthor Commented:
That is a VERY confusing way to schedule 6 different batch files...and that's why I was thinking that XP with its built in scheduler would be a lot easier...also, it is a lot more visual & gives me the ability to get "reporting" etc.
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oilers35Commented:
Well....  to add a bit more, there are no temporary "files" that get created on the client, but the traffic does get routed through (buffered in memory, etc).  I've tried doing transfers the same way and performance was always my issue.  If you're only concerned with locally cached files, the client transfer should work fine.  There won't be any trace (temp files or otherwise) of the transfer on the client once it completes.

If you did want to schedule in NT 4.0, AT will work fine to set up a batch file to run on a daily basis.  I've seen some quirkiness with it but have used it successfully in the past.

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rustyrpageAuthor Commented:
It is saying that IE 5.0 adds the Scheduled tasks...does that mean that I will have it on my NT 4.0 box since it has IE 6 I believe?
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rustyrpageAuthor Commented:
I am fine with running the batch files on the client & then having some tempoary caching...I don't think the performance will be that big of an issue...right now they are backing up to a tape drive in the afternoon that is on the client machine...so that should be fine.
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stevenlewisCommented:
http://lists.gpick.com/pages/Task_Scheduling.htm
http://fritz.potsdam.edu/man/atsvc.html
If you want a visual interface to the NT task Scheduler try WINAT.EXE from the Resource Kit.  
Comment from baitz  02/12/2001 05:59AM PST  
please, see about it in:

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q231/4/78.asp
 
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