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how do i robocopy only pst files

robocopy.exe "\\direccionaso\c$\users\"  f:\Outlooksosa\ *.pst /s /r:1 /w:1

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by:John Hurst
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In the command above, when you try to copy the PST file, Outlook needs to be closed. I do not think RoboCopy will copy open files in use. Otherwise you should be ok.
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by:Bill Prew
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ROBOCOPY may not be the best tool for this job, take a look at this lengthy prior discussion and perhaps try one of the options offered there.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Backup_Restore/Q_22658723.html

~bp
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Remove the forward slashes at the end of the source and destination paths, this tends to confuse Robocopy. Your command should look like this:
robocopy.exe "\\direccionaso\c$\users"  f:\Outlooksosa *.pst /s /r:1 /w:1

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by:Qlemo
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VB, only the combination of \" confuses RoboCopy. But that was indeed part of the original command.
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by:Lionel MM
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Your command will work (removing the \ a suggested above) but that assumes that all the PST files are in the folder "\\direccionaso\c$\users". My guess is that you have sub folders that contain the different users PST files and so you would have to add the /s switch to get those
robocopy.exe "\\direccionaso\c$\users"  f:\Outlooksosa *.pst /s /r:1 /w:1 /s
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by:VB ITS
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@Qlemo, not too sure what you mean by your comment. The quotation marks around the folder path are generally acceptable even when there's no spaces in the folder path. It's just the forward slash that confuses Robocopy from what I know.

@lionelmm, the /s switch is already in the original command. In fact it looks like you've got it specified twice in your comment above?
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by:Qlemo
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VB,

c:\x\   or   "c:\x"   works fine, but  "C:\x\"  might or might not. The backslash (not forward slash) is interpreted as "escape" character sometimes by RoboCopy, leading to considering the closing double quote to be part of the filename.
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by:VB ITS
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@Qlemo: that's quite interesting to know. I'll do some testing with this in the near future.

I never use the backslash with Robocopy as I don't feel it's ever really required and the times where I have used it caused Robocopies to fail.

Yes, sorry. I did mean to say backslash instead of forward slash. it's 1AM here so forgive me for being a bit on the weary side :)
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