Scripting or batch file to create folders

Posted on 2008-06-19
Last Modified: 2012-06-22
I am looking to create a standard folder structure with a prompt for the name of the root folder in a script or a batch file. Also i want to be able to run this on existing folders to fill in the missing folders.
Question by:Bruce_S_C
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sungenwang earned 500 total points
ID: 21825756
Below is a script that will create a series of folders within the root folder selected by the user:

You can modify the Call MyCreateFolder() function to suit your need.


strRootFolder = MyGetFolder("Please select your root folder", "C:\")
If strRootFolder = "" Then WScript.Quit
strRootFolder = strRootFolder & "\"
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Call MyCreateFolder(strRootFolder & "folder1")
Call MyCreateFolder(strRootFolder & "folder1\folder1a")
Call MyCreateFolder(strRootFolder & "folder1\folder1b")
Call MyCreateFolder(strRootFolder & "folder2")
Call MyCreateFolder(strRootFolder & "folder3")
Function MyCreateFolder(strFolder)
	If Not objFSO.FolderExists(strFolder) Then
	End If
End Function
Function MyGetFolder(strMessage, strRootPath)
	Set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
	Set objFolder = objShell.BrowseForFolder(WINDOW_HANDLE, strMessage, NO_OPTIONS, strRootPath)
	On Error Resume Next
	MyGetFolder = objFolder.Self.Path
	On Error Goto 0
End Function

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Author Comment

ID: 21825968
Just to be sure this can be run on a current structure and it will not error if the folder is there?
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Expert Comment

ID: 21827586
No. These lines will create folder only if it's not there:

      If Not objFSO.FolderExists(strFolder) Then
      End If


Author Comment

ID: 21830704
How would i add in folder permissions?
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Assisted Solution

sungenwang earned 500 total points
ID: 21831819
I am not a network expert, but this solution deals with adding permission to a folder using Microsoft's vbscript XCacls.vbs.


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