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How to use Robocopy to Copy Files from a network Location

Posted on 2011-02-20
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Hi All

I have some problems.. I have an external drive 1TB.

Now, i have several network locations which have PST Files on which outlook is running. We need to take backups of the outlook POP3 Users(just in case)..

I want to use powershell robocopy to copy all the PST and put in a folder. For example

\\192.168.0.100\D$\Outlook.pst      (This is the network PC)

F:\Sales Manager\                          (This is the Backup Drive Location)

I want this to be done. Please help me guys.
Thank You
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Question by:brandsco
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by:Toxacon
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First of all, there will be problems copying a PST file which is in use. You must copy it while Outlook is not running. Secondly, you are connecting to administrative share, which requires administrative permissions.

1. Make a script that backs up the pst file to some location in local drive ("C:\Backups" for example) when Outlook is not running.
2. Create a BackupAgent user to domain
3. Create a hidden share to workstations (like "Backup$" sharing folder C:\Backups)
4. Allow only the BackupAgent user to connect to the Backup$ share.
5. Connect to that folder with the BackupAgent user instead of ordinary admin.
6. Copy data from the Backup$ share.
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by:Bxoz
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In a batch file
 Robocopy \\192.168.0.100\D$\Outlook.pst  F:\Sales Manager /MIR /Z

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/MIR : MIRror a directory tree
/Z : Copy files in restartable mode (survive network glitch)
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by:brandsco
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Ok. I am copying the .pst files when outlook is not running. I am having Domain admins and Enterprise Admins rights. But the command that Bxoz gave results in this manner. Please see the report below

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7600]
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C:\Users\siraj.BRANDSCO> Robocopy \\192.168.0.100\D$\Outlook.pst  F:\Sales Manager /MIR /Z

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
   ROBOCOPY     ::     Robust File Copy for Windows

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  Started : Sun Feb 20 16:59:24 2011

   Source : \\192.168.0.100\D$\Outlook.pst\
     Dest : F:\Sales Manager\

    Files : *.*

  Options : *.* /S /E /COPY:DAT /PURGE /MIR /Z /R:1000000 /W:30

------------------------------------------------------------------------------

2011/02/20 16:59:24 ERROR 267 (0x0000010B) Accessing Source Directory \\192.168.
0.100\D$\Outlook.pst\
The directory name is invalid.

C:\Users\siraj.BRANDSCO>
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by:Toxacon
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robocopy \\192.168.0.100\d$ "F:\Sales Manager" Outlook.pst /Z

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by:Bxoz
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Oops my mistake sorry
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by:Bxoz
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The command was for the all directory not the file .pst
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by:Toxacon
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Don't use the Mirror option because it will delete contents of the backup folder if you backup multiple computers to the same place.
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This is the way i would do it if its any help..

Create a folder for the .pst to sit in, something like 'PST'

Map a network drive to that folder, say X:
Create a 'PST' folder in SalesManager folder

robocopy X:\ C:\SalesManager\PST /E /COPYALL /MIR /ZB /R:2 /W:30 /TEE

just make sure your run it from a command prompt with the correct priviledges.

hope that helps



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