How to copy/backup files from your computer to a server on the network using xcopy, task scheduler and a .bat file

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How to copy/backup files from your computer to a server on the network using xcopy, task scheduler and a .bat file

Create a backup .bat file and copy the red text below into the file, edit as needed.

@echo off
set SPACER=echo ----------------------------------- (No useful function, This line just sets the spacer in the output, anywhere in the file that you place %SPACER%, it will palce the -----------------------)
echo Do not close, Backing up files (echo tells the batch file to just print out[echo] a line, it has no real action other than to show a line of text to the user)
%SPACER% (--------------------------)
echo Running xcopy, to backup files from c:\Backup\This\Directory to
\\server\share\foldertocopyto with /s for include all subdirectories. (echo again)
%SPACER%

xcopy "C:\Backup\This\Directory" "\\server\share\foldertocopyto" /s /y (this is the code and the area you will want to change in order to customize it for each computer. The location in the first set of quotes tells the batch file where to copy from(source) and the second location in the quotes is the destination, the /s means include all subdirectories within the source location and the /y means to accept all prompts, for example overwrite, continue if it can't find a file etc.)

%SPACER%
echo Finished Backing up files (echo, no real use... just output in the cmd box)
TIMEOUT /T 1000 (this is a timeout so the user can see what was done and the results, they can click spacebar to close or wait 1000 seconds. You can also edit the time or remove this line if you want it to close immediately)

Now open windows task scheduler, create a new task, set the time/date for running a backup, then set it to run a program, browse to where you saved the backup.bat file and your done.

This guide assumes you have proper network security already setup. 

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