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a friend recomended robocopy, i wish to get started, but have no idea how.

i am using server 2008 r2
i want to copy a folder called c:\gdrive  to my f drive
i woul dlike robocopy to make a new folder on my f drive, rather then over write it.
my ideal situation would be to have a new folder corresponding to the day of the month the copies were made.
it is fine with me, if it makes one copy, then subsequent are only the changed files... but i do  have a small amount of data and a large destination drive.

is anyone familiar....with how i would begin.?
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Question by:intelogent
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by:ven16
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may the below link helps you to do it, it use the powershell script.
and let me know the result
http://itnshare.blogspot.co.uk/2009/10/autorotate-and-renaming-files-as-for_14.html
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by:IanTh
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best link for robocopy is
http://ss64.com/nt/robocopy.html

it has all th command options
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by:Tomislavj
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maybe free cobian backup 8 is easier to use for this purpose because there's no need for scripts, just choose options (and there is option for have daily backups as different names)
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I have a PowerShell function that I use for backing up files.  It creates a command line for running RoboCopy after reading a configuration file which is a csv file listing the sourcedirectory,targetdirectory


# ==============================================================================================
#
# NAME: Backup-RCopy
#             PowerShell utility which utilises RoboCopy to perform the copying of the directory
#            structure copying the files that are new or altered.
# AUTHOR: bchallis ,
# DATE  : 26/01/2012
#
# COMMENT:
#
# ==============================================================================================
function Backup-RCopy
{
    [CmdletBinding(SupportsShouldProcess=$True)]
    Param
    (
        [Parameter(Mandatory=$True)]
        [string]$ConfigurationFileName,
        [Parameter(Mandatory=$True)]
        [string]$LogFileName,
        [switch]$Force
    )

    function Log
    {
        Param
        (
            [parameter(Mandatory=$true)]
            [int]$Level,
            [parameter(Mandatory=$true)]
            [String]$TaskCategory,
            [parameter(Mandatory=$true)]
            [String]$Message
        )
        if (Test-Path Function:\Add-BCLogEntry)
        {
            Add-BCLogEntry -Path $LogFileName -Level $Level -Source "BackupRCopy" -taskCategory $TaskCategory -message $Message
        }
          else
        {
              ("[{0}] {1}" -f ([System.DateTime].Now.ToString()),$Message) | Out-File -FilePath $LogFileName -Append
        }
    }
   
    function IsNull
    {
          Param
          (
                $value,
                $default
          )
          $retValue = $value
          if ($value -eq $null)
          {
                $retValue = $default
          }
          else
          {
                if ([String].IsNullOrEmpty($value))
                {
                      $retValue = $default
                }
          }
          return $retValue
    }
   
    function Display-Configuration
    {
          $configurations = Import-Csv $ConfigurationFileName
            foreach ($config in $configurations)
            {
            $sourceDirectory = $config.SourceDirectory.Trim()
            if (-not $sourceDirectory.EndsWith("\"))
            {
                $sourceDirectory += "\"
            }
            $targetDirectory = $config.DestinationDirectory.Trim()
            if (-not $targetDirectory.EndsWith("\"))
            {
                $targetDirectory += "\"
            }
            Write-Host      "Source directory = $sourceDirectory - Target directory = $targetDirectory."
            }
    }

#############################################################################################################
# Main Code
#############################################################################################################

      $errorsFound = $false
      if (Test-Path $ConfigurationFileName)
      {
          Write-Verbose "Using configuration file $ConfigurationFileName"
            $configurations = Import-Csv $ConfigurationFileName
            foreach ($config in $configurations)
            {
                  if ($config -ne $null)
                  {
                        $sourceDirectory = $config.SourceDirectory
                        $targetDirectory = $config.DestinationDirectory
                        if (($sourceDirectory -ne $null) -and ($targetDirectory -ne $null))
                        {
                              if ($PSCmdlet.ShouldProcess((Get-Item env:\ComputerName).Value, ("Backing up {0} up to {1}" -f $sourceDirectory,$targetDirectory)))
                              {
                              if (-not $sourceDirectory.EndsWith("\"))
                              {
                                  $sourceDirectory += "\"
                              }
                              if (-not $targetDirectory.EndsWith("\"))
                              {
                                  $targetDirectory += "\"
                              }
                              
                              if (-not (Test-Path $targetDirectory))
                              {
                                  if ((Test-Path (Split-Path $targetDirectory -Qualifier)) -and $Force)
                                  {
                                      New-Item $targetDirectory -type directory
                                  }
                              }
                              
                                    if ((Test-Path $sourceDirectory) -and (Test-Path $targetDirectory))
                                    {
                                  $command = "RoboCopy " + $sourceDirectory + " " + $targetDirectory + " /E /Z /XO /COPY:DAT"
                                  
                                      try
                                      {
                                          Write-Verbose "Command: $command"
                                                    $procres = Invoke-Expression $command
                                          if ($verbosePreference)
                                          {
                                              foreach ($o in $procres)
                                              {
                                                  Write-Host $o.ToString()
                                              }
                                          }
                                      }
                                      Catch
                                      {
                                          $errorsFound =$true
                                      }
                                    }
                                    else
                                    {
                                  $message = ("Unable to locate source ($sourceDirectory) and destination ($targetDirectory) directories.")
                                  Log -Message $message -Level 2 -TaskCategor y "Backing up files"
                                  $errorsFound =$true
                                          Write-Warning $message
                                    }
                              }
                              else
                              {
                                    # Selected to not perform action
                              }
                        }
                  }
            }
                Add-BCLogEntry -Path $LogFileName -Level 0 -Source "rBackup" -TaskCategory "SuccessfulBackup" -Message "Backup Complete"
      }
      else
      {
            $errorsFound =$true
            Log -Level 3 -TaskCategory "Initialisation" -Message "configuration File not found."
            Write-Warning "Unable to find configuration file $ConfiguratinFileName"
      }
}
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Intelogent... here is the .bat file I think you were wanting from me.

it is attached
Here are the steps:

1. rename the extension from .txt to .bat

2. I have the source name as:    C:\gdrive
3. I have the destination name as :   F:\gdrive

4. create your 'folderlist' to include the folders you want to copy.  Name it:  folderlist.txt  and place it in the same diretory you put this .bat file ( i use just the C:\  folder)
5. Create a folder named Robocopylogfiles on the F:\   drive.

This script will create a folder with the current date, and copy any new/changed files only.
The first round it will probably copy everything... which is good.

It will also create a log file and it will then put a copy of that days log file into the folder of the day it was created.

This should accomplish what you are asking in your post.

Let me know if you need more help.
Daily-incremental.txt
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