Simple .bat to move files from networked drive down to local drives. Limited user intervention

Posted on 2007-10-10
Last Modified: 2010-04-16
I want to create a .bat file to pull files from a networked driver to local drives on users machines. Just simple files that need to be updated every blue moon. Im tired of walking around and updating these files 50+ machines. Thanks everybody your help is very much needed.
Question by:Stevenjm29
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    Expert Comment

    by:Neadom Tucker
    You want to run this from the server as a scheduled event or when users logon?

    Accepted Solution

    Assuming they're in one subfolder, You can just use XCOPY \\sourcepath\ x:\localpath /Y /S

    /Y to always overwrite so that the user isn't prompted
    /S to copy subfolders.

    XCOPY help From WinXP:
    Copies files and directory trees.

    XCOPY source [destination] [/A | /M] [/D[:date]] [/P] [/S [/E]] [/V] [/W]
                               [/C] [/I] [/Q] [/F] [/L] [/G] [/H] [/R] [/T] [/U]
                               [/K] [/N] [/O] [/X] [/Y] [/-Y] [/Z]

      source       Specifies the file(s) to copy.
      destination  Specifies the location and/or name of new files.
      /A           Copies only files with the archive attribute set,
                   doesn't change the attribute.
      /M           Copies only files with the archive attribute set,
                   turns off the archive attribute.
      /D:m-d-y     Copies files changed on or after the specified date.
                   If no date is given, copies only those files whose
                   source time is newer than the destination time.
                   Specifies a list of files containing strings.  Each string
                   should be in a separate line in the files.  When any of the
                   strings match any part of the absolute path of the file to be
                   copied, that file will be excluded from being copied.  For
                   example, specifying a string like \obj\ or .obj will exclude
                   all files underneath the directory obj or all files with the
                   .obj extension respectively.
      /P           Prompts you before creating each destination file.
      /S           Copies directories and subdirectories except empty ones.
      /E           Copies directories and subdirectories, including empty ones.
                   Same as /S /E. May be used to modify /T.
      /V           Verifies each new file.
      /W           Prompts you to press a key before copying.
      /C           Continues copying even if errors occur.
      /I           If destination does not exist and copying more than one file,
                   assumes that destination must be a directory.
      /Q           Does not display file names while copying.
      /F           Displays full source and destination file names while copying.
      /L           Displays files that would be copied.
      /G           Allows the copying of encrypted files to destination that does
                   not support encryption.
      /H           Copies hidden and system files also.
      /R           Overwrites read-only files.
      /T           Creates directory structure, but does not copy files. Does not
                   include empty directories or subdirectories. /T /E includes
                   empty directories and subdirectories.
      /U           Copies only files that already exist in destination.
      /K           Copies attributes. Normal Xcopy will reset read-only attributes.
      /N           Copies using the generated short names.
      /O           Copies file ownership and ACL information.
      /X           Copies file audit settings (implies /O).
      /Y           Suppresses prompting to confirm you want to overwrite an
                   existing destination file.
      /-Y          Causes prompting to confirm you want to overwrite an
                   existing destination file.
      /Z           Copies networked files in restartable mode.

    The switch /Y may be preset in the COPYCMD environment variable.
    This may be overridden with /-Y on the command line.

    Author Comment

    when a user logs in. woulbe best. These file updates are very spaced out.
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    Expert Comment

    by:Bradley Haynes
    Just create a log on script on the server and direct everyone to restart their computer to enable a "security" update IT is running.

    LVL 6

    Assisted Solution

    by:Neadom Tucker
    Ok you could do exactly like mathewhamer said with the xcopy script then run the following .bat after that.

    REM This Batch File Reboots the Workstations on the Selected Workstations on the Domain
    shutdown /r /f /m \\domainpc1 /d p:00:00 /c "IT Software Upate" /t 0
    shutdown /r /f /m \\domainpc2 /d p:00:00 /c "IT Software Upate" /t 0
    shutdown /r /f /m \\domainpc3 /d p:00:00 /c "IT Software Upate" /t 0
    shutdown /r /f /m \\domainpc4 /d p:00:00 /c "IT Software Upatet" /t 0
    shutdown /r /f /m \\domainpc5 /d p:00:00 /c "IT Software Upate" /t 0

    Author Comment

    Thanks that worked great. Is there a switch that only updates changed files and/or new files. Once again thanks to all!

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