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script to move files from a virtual server to a USB drive on the host server

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I have a Windows 2012 server that is a host to two 2008 virtual servers. There is USB drive connected to the server. It is recognized by the host but not by either of the virtual servers. I have a need to delete and copy files from one of the virtual servers to the USB drive. I would like to use a batch file to schedule a periodic operation. The problem I am having is the code to move across the servers.

Example of the setup and a simple line of code I am attempting:

hostserver has a USB Drive at H: on which there is a test directory.
vserver1
vserver2

The code resides on vserver1

rmdir /s/q "\\hostserver\H:\test"

The error that is returned is "the network name cannot be found."

If I can get the code to see across the server boundries the rest of the code will come easily.
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Can you get to \\hostserver at all from the virtual one?  Are they are on the same domain for instance?  In fact are they on the same vlan / ip range - quite possible that host and clients can't actually communicate directly.

For starters can you do \\hostserver from the hostserver Run / search button itself?

How about \\x.x.x.x ip address from the virtual machine if needed?

Having got that working (or not) then you are best setting up a share on the USB drive, i.e. share the directory as "test" or whatever with suitable permissions for the share and for ntfs security -- if this isn't a domain you will need suitable login users and, for instance, setup mapped drive using user/password.

What you have at the moment won't work as there isn't going to be a share called H:, you could probably use the administrative share H$ but best creating a specific one.

Steve
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dragon-it: I have worked it out with your nudging.  After setting up a share for the USB Drive and allowing others to manipulate the data within the share I have to use a series of net use commands to ensure that I have logged into the hostserver and have permission to do what I desire to do.
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Glad that helped.  You can do all and have it remembered:

net use /persistent:yes
net use x: \\hostserver\sharename /user:username password /savecred

If you have all you need select an answer when you are ready or can help more if needed.

Steve
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