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Use powershell to copy files to a remote server and maintain the folder structure

I need a powershell script to copy files changed in the last hour to a remote server and maintain the folder structure. I have been trying to build one but I cannot get the files to copy to the folders. The folders copy and the files copy bit they all copy to the destination root folder instead of maintaining the folder structure.

Get-ChildItem -Recurse $SourceDir | Where-Object{$Date -gt $Date.AddHours(-1)} | Copy-Item -Destination $DestDir
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Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:
Any reason not to use robocopy?
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jimmylew52Author Commented:
no reason, just don't know how to get it done.
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Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:
Robocopy is easy and will repeat the copy (or move) with just the changed or new files.  And create a log.  Takes a little practice to get the syntax done correctly, but once you get it right it just works.  And it can be scheduled.

For example:
robocopy e:\serverd d:\ /e /COPY:DATSO /LOG:mylog.log

And here is one explanation, there are many more:

http://ss64.com/nt/robocopy.html
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jimmylew52Author Commented:
I'll give it a try
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Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:
I just noticed you ONLY want the files changed in the last x minutes.  Not sure if robocopy will do that exactly, but you can check the documentation.
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jimmylew52Author Commented:
I've tried both robocopy and powershell and both are not working.

robocopy.exe" "I:\cXXX2" "\\xx.xx.xx.xx\xxx\xxx2" *.* /mir /copy:T   lists the structure but does not copy the new files.

Get-ChildItem -Recurse $SourceDir | Where-Object{$Date -gt $Date.AddHours(-1)} | Copy-Item -Recurse -Destination $DestDir         copies everything in the folders and then copies the folder contents to the root folder.
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Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:
Try this:

robocopy \\server-name\top-level-folder-name d:\folder-name /e /copyall

That will copy FROM \\server-name TO local D drive.  You can reverse the order if you need to.  And you can refine from there.
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jimmylew52Author Commented:
This works

robocopy.exe" "I:\Name" "\\Server\Share\Name" *.* /mir /nfl /ndl "/xd I:\ServerName\Temp

robocopy did not like the copy:T entry

Thanks for the help
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