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Script to Copy and Rename an Excel file Between Network Shares

Posted on 2013-12-09
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I have an XLS file that is updated once a day on a network share. The network share is \\company.com\Reports\Daily
The file name is a randomly generated file name with an *.xls extension.

I need a script that I can setup as a daily scheduled task that will:

-Take the *.xls file with the most recent last modified date located in: \\company.com\Reports\Daily folder
-Rename that file to the name: active.xls
-Copy that file to a location in: \\ServerName\Reports with the name Active.xls
(The order of bullet points 2 or 3 does not matter, the end result of the script just requires that I have the latest version of the *.xls file on the specific server with the name Active.xls)

The reason for this is I have an application at the destination server that calls for this specific file name, so in order to completely automate this process without having to manually rename the file every day, I would like this in a scheduled task script.

Thank you.
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Couple questions:

1. Will the task run once or multiple times during the day?
2. Is there a possiblity that the destination file (active.xls) be in use/open when the task runs?
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The following should work for you.  If the file is read-only you would want to add the -force switch to Get-ChildItem.  And if the destination file is locked you could run into an error.
Get-ChildItem \\company.com\Reports\Daily -filter *.xls | Sort -Descending -Property LastWriteTime | Select -First 1 | Copy-Item -Destination "\\company.com\Reports\active.xls" -force

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1. The task will run once per day, and there will not be more than one modified source file per day.
2. Destination file will not be in use.
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Are the source and destination mapped locations?
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They are not mapped, but are shared and accessible via UNC paths as noted.
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Works perfectly, thanks!
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