Scripting help: Deleting files more than 3 days old

I have the following script (SEE BELOW) running to automate my backups using 2003 Server.  The script makes th ebackup, then copies the bkf to a remote server.

The last peice of the puzzle is to do some cleanup

1. delete the bkf files that reside in the source folder one they are copied to the source folder
2.  Delete any bkfs older than3 days so I always have the last 3 backups availlable for restore.
@for /f "Tokens=1-4 Delims=/ " %%i in ('date /t') do  @set dt=%%i-%%j-%%k-%%l
@set dt=%dt%
@echo Copying backup set:  %dt%.
@echo Please wait...
@ntbackup.exe backup "@C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows

NT\NTBackup\data\backup set.bks" /a /d "STVPCSG01 %dt%" /v:no /r:no /rs:no /hc:off /m normal /j "%dt%" /l:s /f

"c:\Auto Backups\STVPCSG01 %dt%.bkf"

@for /f "Tokens=1-4 Delims=/ " %%i in ('date /t') do  @set dt=%%i-%%j-%%k-%%l
@set dt=%dt%
@echo Sending backup file to STVPDPM01. Please wait...
@xcopy "c:\Auto Backups\STVPCSG01 %dt%.bkf" "\\STVPDPM01\DMZ$" /Y
@echo Finished.

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try the FORFILES.EXE server resource kit tool - works on NT, 2000, XP, 2003, etc

FORFILES -pc:\foldername -s -m*.* -d-30 -c"CMD /C del @FILE"

-p = path
-s = include subdirs
-m = match filetype
-d = age in days (can also be set as an absolute date ie DDMMYYYY)
-c = command to execute

Note there are no spaces between the switches and their arguments.
info here:
Download it here:

pflechaAuthor Commented:
It is deleting all files regardless of the date of the file

FORFILES /p "D:\DMZ$" /D -5 /M *.vhd -c "CMD /c del *.vhd"

Does the -5 mean to delete any files older than 5 days?  That is my goal.
pflechaAuthor Commented:
Does anybody have experience using the FORFILES to delete files older than a specific date?  I need to automate the capacity management of a specific folder.   Any files older than 5 days need to be deleted.
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pflechaAuthor Commented:
The command I am trying is

FORFILES /p "c:\backups" /D -5 "cmd /c *.bkf"
pflechaAuthor Commented:
Does anybody know how I can  automate the deletion of these files?
pflechaAuthor Commented:
OK I figured it out.

Forfiles -p D:\FOLDER -m *.bkf -d -10 -c "CMD /C del @file"

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