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I have window server 2003.
And I would like to have automatic process as following:

I have file called sample1.bak  in c:\backup\sample.bak
I would like to setup automatic process at 9:00 PM <<PST>>
And zip/rar to

in c:\backup\sample.zip Or
    c:\backup\sample.rar

Please provide working procedure and code. I am not network admin or programmer.

Thank
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You need to have a compression software with command line interface (CLI). If you buy Winzip or Winrar, they will have a CLI. (The test or free versions basically do not have a CLI.)

Windows zip/compressed file feature cannot be scripted.
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Agree. Some commonly used alternatives are 7zip (http://www.7-zip.org/), IzArc (needs an Add-On, see http://www.izarc.org/izarccl.html), or gzip (http://gnuwin32.sourceforge.net/packages/gzip.htm). The latter will compress single files only, since it is originating from UNIX tools.
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Will above software you guys mentioned can do the job 100% I posted?
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Yes, for example winrar command would be:

winrar m c:\backup\sample1.bak c:\backup\sample.rar

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That command will compress file sample1.bak and move it archive sample.rar.

You can set this up to be run at specified time with Task Scheduler.
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All those tools will allow for automated execution.
Creating a scheduled task, for whichever tool you use, can be done via the Task Scheduler, which is interactive, or by command (using the winrar as example):
schtasks /create /sc daily /tn "Zipper Task" /tr "winrar m c:\backup\sample1.bak c:\backup\sample.rar" /st 21:00

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The string after /tn provides the (arbitrary) name you want to have for the task.
After /tr follows the complete commandline of the task to execute.
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I think Task Scheduler could perform ur task on a specific time.  
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Can you explain, please, why you accepted only one answer? It did not cover all aspects of your question, and there were several other comments with more details.
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