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Copying and Moving Windows Directory Files using SQL Server 2008

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Ok,
I have a folder with about 500,000 files (pdf, tiff,etc...,).
I ran a script in SQL Server 2008 that listed all of the files names from the folder in a SQL Server database using XP_CMDSHELL.

What I want to do is, copy and then move the files to another location using the filenames that I have in another table on my server. Out of the 500,000 files only 120,000 will come over, but the file name of those files are in my database table.

Would like a solution using XP_CMDSHELL. I have been able to figure out how to move files from folder to folder, but not how to move files to another folder based on results from a sql server db.
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Surendra Nath earned 2000 total points
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try this out

--let us assume the below is your table holding the file names

DECLARE @T TABLE
(
  FileName VARCHAR(1000)
)

INSERT INTO @T VALUES ('abcd.txt')

DECLARE @SQL NVARCHAR(MAX)
DECLARE @SQ NVARCHAR(4)
SET @SQ = ''''

SELECT 'EXEC XP_CMDSHELL ' + @SQ + 'MOVE <SourceDirectory>' + FileName + ' <destinationDirectory>' + @SQ 
FROM @T

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Now replace the <SourceDirectory> with the directory where the files are residing
and replace the <destinationDirectory> with the directory where the files needs to be moved

And once you execute the above select statement you will get a list of rows in your SSMS.
Copy the result and paste it back in SSMS and execute it, that will do exactly what you need to do.
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by:imanym
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LOL...that is very clever, not what I was expecting, but very clever. I will use it and move on. Thanks. You deserve all of the points for this one.
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by:imanym
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The solution was very simple and comprehensive. A quick fix to a big problem thanks...
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