Robocopy Problem

Posted on 2007-04-03
Last Modified: 2009-10-29
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 ???
Question by:mrmad1966
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 2
LVL 67

Expert Comment

ID: 18843821
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"
LVL 30

Expert Comment

ID: 18843932
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,

Author Comment

ID: 18844630
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
Free eBook: Backup on AWS

Everything you need to know about backup and disaster recovery with AWS, for FREE!

LVL 67

Accepted Solution

sirbounty earned 63 total points
ID: 18844725
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
LVL 30

Assisted Solution

SteveGTR earned 62 total points
ID: 18845092
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
LVL 30

Expert Comment

ID: 18845110
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

Featured Post

SharePoint Admin?

Enable Your Employees To Focus On The Core With Intuitive Onscreen Guidance That is With You At The Moment of Need.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

On July 14th 2015, Windows Server 2003 will become End of Support, leaving hundreds of thousands of servers around the world that still run this 12 year old operating system vulnerable and potentially out of compliance in many organisations around t…
While rebooting windows server 2003 server , it's showing "active directory rebuilding indices please wait" at startup. It took a little while for this process to complete and once we logged on not all the services were started so another reboot is …
This is a high-level webinar that covers the history of enterprise open source database use. It addresses both the advantages companies see in using open source database technologies, as well as the fears and reservations they might have. In this…
Do you want to know how to make a graph with Microsoft Access? First, create a query with the data for the chart. Then make a blank form and add a chart control. This video also shows how to change what data is displayed on the graph as well as form…

695 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question