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Scenario: I have a bunch of video .avi files in one folder that I want to delete automatically or when scheduled once they hit 30 days old.

I tried using SQL maitenance cleanup task but it didn't work. I guess this is only for .bak and .txt files. I've heard there are t-sql statements like xp_cmdshell that can do this but I need help writing the script.

Thanks!
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are these .avi file stored in db?

or do you just want them deleted from folder
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From a folder. I've figured out how to delete all .avi files.

xp_cmdshell 'del g:\test\*.avi'

Now I just need to specify older than 30 days.

Thanks!
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You can use a basic batch script which also works when calling it with xp_cmdshell:
forfiles /p "C:\VideoFiles" /s /m *.avi /d -30 /c "cmd /c del @file >NUL"

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This will search for all .avi files in the direcrtory C:\VideoFiles that are older than 30 days and delete them. Run this in a Windows Task Schedule or with a DB task.
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While it is possible to do this via xp_cmdshell, I would not advise it. Create a vbscript or .bat file that will do the same thing, but you can scedule it via the windows sceduler.
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batch file could be something like

forfiles -p "G:\test" -s -m *.avi -d -30 -c "cmd /c del @path"
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sorry brutaldev i didn't refresh
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by:Alpesh Patel
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Create SSIS package and in that check for folders for files. and check the created /modified date and based on that delete the 30 days old files.

Create SQL Job for Run the SSIS package and schedule it from SQL Job.
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This is better than running a sql script. Thanks for the suggestion and clear answer.
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Jut to clarify, the answers provided by both brutaldev and cs97jjm3 worked for me. But since brutaldev was first I accepted his solution. I didn't try the SSIS package since I liked the other option better. Thanks though, maybe it'll help someone else.
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Thanks dou2ble.

Don't worry about the extra post cs97jjm3, happens to me all the time...
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