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Hi All..Please put me right. i am trying to both schedule a robocopy operation and log the results. This is my syntax:-
robocopy \\FirstServerName\training\packages\test \\SecondServerName\training\packages\test
/E /RH:2100-2200 /LOG:"C:\Log Files\Backup\packagecopy.log"

What happens is the dos shell flashes on then off the screen with no copy..What have I got wrong here ???
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by:sirbounty
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What's in your log file?
Try it from a command prompt...or use this:

Start->Run->Cmd /k robocopy \\FirstServerName\training\packages\test \\SecondServerName\training\packages\test
/E /RH:2100-2200 /LOG:"C:\Log Files\Backup\packagecopy.log"
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by:SteveGTR
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If you are scheduling this as a task using the default system account, it will not have the rights to access network resources and will fail. You should change the task to run as a domain user will sufficient rights to the network resources.

Good Luck,
Steve
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by:mrmad1966
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What's in your log file?
Nothing...It does not get to the point of being created.. Am I correct in assuming this log file SHOULD be a record of the copy operation ?

Steve, the permissions are fine. If I run the same same command but miss of the /LOG option it runs sweet !

Mr Bounty ! what is the /k switch for ???
Thank /you
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the /k simply states to leave the command window open after processing.
I thought that since it's disappearing that this could present the trouble to you...

If you run it fine from a command prompt without the log switch, then I'd suggest using the short name and leave out the quotes:

robocopy \\FirstServerName\training\packages\test \\SecondServerName\training\packages\test
/E /RH:2100-2200 /LOG:C:\LogFil~1\Backup\packagecopy.log
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by:SteveGTR
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You might also redirect the standard error to help debug the problem.

robocopy \\FirstServerName\training\packages\test \\SecondServerName\training\packages\test
/E /RH:2100-2200 /LOG:C:\LogFil~1\Backup\packagecopy.log 2>c:\debug.txt
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by:SteveGTR
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Another thing you might want to do is fully qualify the path where robocopy is located. The scheduled task may not have the path set to automatically locate robocopy. For example:

"c:\program files\program\robocopy" \\FirstServerName\training\packages\test \\SecondServerName\training\packages\test
/E /RH:2100-2200 /LOG:C:\LogFil~1\Backup\packagecopy.log
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