script to delete old files in server folders after a week


We have an FTP server with users with multiple folders. The requirement is that users delete the old files after a week,
I am looking at doing this automatically,
Does anyone know if this can be done is power shell or a batch script, that will go to a folder or sub folders, look for files older than a week and delete them


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Ganesh Kumar ASr Infrastructure SpecialistCommented:
save as cleanup.cmd or cleanup.bat

You need to modify the line 2 to specify the top level folder.
@echo off
set topLevel=d:\some\directory
cd /D %topLevel%
FOR /D %%a IN (*) DO (
forfiles /P "%topLevel%\%%a" /S /M *.* /D -7 /C "cmd /C del @PATH"
cd /D %topLevel%\%%a
for /f "delims=" %%i in ('dir /s /b /ad ^| sort /r') do rd "%%i">NUL
yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
If you want Powershell here is another option.
get-childitem -path '\\ftpserver\Clients' -recurse | where {$_.lastwritetime -lt (get-date).adddays(-7) -and -not $_.psiscontainer} |% {remove-item $_.fullname -force}

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Schedule this to run daily with a Scheduled Task

powershell.exe 'DeleteFTP.ps1'

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Bill PrewCommented:
Why not just use a small free utility called DELAGE for this, it's a great tool, that I use often.

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DavidfoleyAuthor Commented:
if the directory folder names are different is there a select all command

set topLevel=d:\some\directory  

e.g   c:\ftp\ftp_users\jakeholland

where there could be a hundred different usernames, but I want to delete all files in each users directory without running the script for each user.
yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
The powershell script I supplied for you does not care about the folder structure, but the age of the file.

I am not sure if you need to be concerned with folders since you are looking for file ages.
Bill PrewCommented:
The /recurse switch with DELAGE accomplishes this.

find LOCATION -not -mtime 6 -delete
deletes all the files which have not been modified in the past 7 days

if you are running windows, versions of the find command for windows are available in cygwin, in findutils ( and in various other places. the builtin find command in windows does not have such capabilities afaik
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