Need help automating FTP backups.  WSH or .BAT?

Posted on 2007-04-10
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2010-04-16
I'd like to automate the process of copying some data off-site.  I am currently manually using ftp to copy the newest sql .bak and .trn files from the SQL backup folder on disk.  First, I rar the latest backup and all trn files into one .rar file.  I then transfer this rar file to a remote ftp server and delete the previous one.

It would be great to come up with a batch or script that can handle this for me.  The part I am having trouble with is writing a script that finds the newest .bak file and any .trn files that are newer than that in a specific directory.  I then want to take all of those filenames and build a rar package.  I am not sure is a batch file or wsh is the best approach, or necessarily how to do what I need to do in either of those environments.

Windows 2000 server.

Any ideas?
Question by:abenage
  • 3
  • 2
LVL 67

Accepted Solution

sirbounty earned 2000 total points
ID: 18882172
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/96269 provides the details on how to do this...

I would do something like this to get the latest file:

for /f %%a in ('dir *.trn /od /b') do set fname=%%a

now, %fname% will be the 'newest' file, and you can continue with compressing it.

Not sure how to use command-line rar functions though...

Author Comment

ID: 18883699
' ******************************************************************
call main
' ******************************************************************

Sub Main
call Doit

end Sub

sub Doit
set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")

Dim sFileDateStamp          
Dim sUsername
dim sPassword
dim sFTPServer
dim sData
Dim sAutoFtpFilename
Dim sDirToZip

strYear = Year(Now)
strMonth = Month(Now)
strDay = Day(Now)

If strMonth < 9 Then
strMonth = "0" & strMonth
End If
If strDay < 9 Then
strDay = "0" & strDay
End If

MyDate = strYear & strMonth & strDay

sFileDateStamp  = mydate & "0800"    '<-- Used to determine which files to backup
sAutoFtpFilename = "c:\temp\autoftp.txt" 'Where the ftp input file is found
sMyZipFile = "FILE"
sDirToZip = "FILEPATH"
sUsername = "USERNAME"
sPassword = "PASSWORD"
sFTPServer= "HOST"

sData = _
    "open " & sFTPServer & vbcrlf & _
    "" & susername  & vbcrlf & _
    "" & spassword  & vbcrlf & _
    "bin" & vbcrlf & _
    "hash" & vbcrlf & _
    "cd database" & vbcrlf & _
     "put " & sMyZipFile & vbcrlf & _

    call RunCMD("cmd /k rar.exe a -hp$gdtrfb! " & sMyZipFile & " -rr50 -ta" & sFileDateStamp & " -m5 -o+")

    do while CheckProcess("Rar.exe") <> "RUNNING"
         WScript.Sleep 1000

    WScript.Sleep 1000                    '<-- Added

    call CreateAfile(sAutoFtpFilename,sData)
    call RunCMD("ftp -s:" & sAutoFtpFilename )

    WScript.Sleep 1000

    do while CheckProcess("FTP.EXE") <> "RUNNING"
         WScript.Sleep 1000
    call DeleteAfile(sMyZipFile)

end sub

' ******************************************************************
Sub CreateAfile(filename,filedata)
  Dim fso, MyFile
  Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
  Set MyFile = fso.CreateTextFile(filename, True)
End Sub
' ******************************************************************
sub RunCMD(cmdl)
    Dim oShell
    Set oShell = WScript.CreateObject ("WSCript.shell")
    oShell.run cmdl
    Set oShell = Nothing
end sub
' ******************************************************************
function CheckProcess(sAppName)
    strComputer = "."
    Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" _
        & "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
    Set colProcesses = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
        ("Select * from Win32_Process Where Name = '"& sAppName & "'")
    If colProcesses.Count = 0 Then
    End If    
end function
' ******************************************************************

sub DeleteAFile(FileToBeDeleted)

Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set aFile = fso.GetFile(FileToBeDeleted)
end sub
LVL 67

Expert Comment

ID: 18884310
Looks like you got this?

Author Comment

ID: 18884576
Yeah, But I'll give you points.
LVL 67

Expert Comment

ID: 18884589
Thanx!  Very appreciated.

Featured Post

Free Tool: Subnet Calculator

The subnet calculator helps you design networks by taking an IP address and network mask and returning information such as network, broadcast address, and host range.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

Join & Write a Comment

How to remove superseded packages in windows w60 or w61 installation media (.wim) or online system to prevent unnecessary space. w60 means Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008. w61 means Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. There are various …
NTFS file system has been developed by Microsoft that is widely used by Windows NT operating system and its advanced versions. It is the mostly used over FAT file system as it provides superior features like reliability, security, storage, efficienc…
Learn the basics of modules and packages in Python. Every Python file is a module, ending in the suffix: .py: Modules are a collection of functions and variables.: Packages are a collection of modules.: Module functions and variables are accessed us…
In this fifth video of the Xpdf series, we discuss and demonstrate the PDFdetach utility, which is able to list and, more importantly, extract attachments that are embedded in PDF files. It does this via a command line interface, making it suitable …

622 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