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Posted on 2011-02-16
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Hi,
I am using Robocoy to copy files inbetween our differenent locations.  Working well.  I need to know the switches to put on so that robocopy copies only files that have changed or any new ones added once the full copy is already run on a particular folder to save time and bandwidth.
At the moment I am using
robocopy souce destination /MIR /SEC
Help plz
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As I understand it, the way you're using it should work the way you want it to.
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if you use /MIR, then files that no longer exist on the source will get purged from the destination - is that what you want?

also, you will not copy over any subfolders with your current syntax - consider adding /E if you want subfolders as well (I always put it in just in case folders get created)

adding /ZB should help avoid any access problems that you may come up against - can hepl with locked files.

adding /R:1 /W:1 will retry once and wait 1 second before trying again - useful with locked files.

/tee /log:{filename} will output what's going on to a file as well as a screen.

aside from that, your original command will work fine.
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by:amanzoor
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one more thing:  I am calling my script which is bak.bat from windows task schedular on server 2008.  Is there a way once the script is called by task schedular, it should actually show me the Dos window on screen where its running the files which are copied?
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I think that will only happen if you're logged in as the user whose credentials are being used to launch the script.  That is, if you're logged in as administrator, and you're using the administrator account to run the batch file, you may see the command prompt.  Don't hold me to that.
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As I mentioned before, the '/tee /log:{filename}' command may help you as it will output what's going on to a file as well as a screen.  If you don't want it to screen, drop the '/tee' bit.
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Thanks Gentlemen, I really appreciate your time.
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