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I created a batch file to copy and past an access database from the server to the clients computers, but it does not do the job. Can someone tell me what is wrong with my batch file. Thanks!
The batch file is as follow:

@echo off
rem This batch file installs the Membership front-end (Access .MDB file) on the user's PC.
rem It runs from the server where the front-end resides.

C:
xcopy "\\server_name\directory_from_the server\Membership.mdb" "C:\Membership\" /y /i
exit
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Question by:SambaCor
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by:nordtorp
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try to use this instead:

C:
net use x: "\\server_name\directory_from_the server\"
xcopy "X:\Membership.mdb" "C:\Membership\" /y /i
exit

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by:SambaCor
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I tried your suggestion nordtorp, but that didn't do it either.
I forgut to mention that the file to be copied reside on a windows 2008 server. The client machines are running xp pro.
Thanks!
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by:Sigurdur Haraldsson
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An error message would certainly help us figure out what the problem is.

Do you have access to \\servername\sharename from the XPs? Can the user you logged in as access it and copy manually?

Also, I've had problems with copying databases when they're live, i.e. in use. Is that the case here?
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by:nordtorp
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Try to turn on File and printer sharing on the server. You find it in Network and Sharing Center
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CompProbSolv earned 2000 total points
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Can you try running the xcopy line at a workstation from a command prompt and report what the result (did it copy?  what messages did you receive) is here?
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by:SambaCor
ID: 35219051
I don't get any error message.
Yes I have access to \\servername\sharename from the XPs.
Yes, I can copy the database and past it manually, no problem.
The database is not open.

I also hear of robocopy, would that be easier to use in my scenario? I have never use it before.
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by:CompProbSolv
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You are saying that it runs fine if you just run the xcopy command, but not if you run the batch file, everything else being the same?

How are you running the batch file?  (on which computer, from run or cmd, or?)
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by:nordtorp
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The robocopy command would be almost the same:

robocopy \\source \\destination
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by:SambaCor
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When I run xcopy from the command prompt I get the error: file not found.
But when I right click on the file and copy (from the shared drive), I am able to past it on the local machine.
I am running the batch file on the xp machine by just double clicking it. The batch file is a short cut on the desktop. But it is located on the shared folder on the server.
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by:SambaCor
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Sorry guys xcopy from command promt works fine, I didn't type it correctly.
The batch file is actually working now without the net use syntax.
I would like to give the points to CompProbSolv. And thak you to nordtorp for helping.
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by:SambaCor
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It worked when I run it from the command prompt and I went from there.
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