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Powershell Script : How to copy a file on a remote share to a remote server

10 February,2016 by Tom Collins

Question: I have an ETL process which I'm looking to streamline. The rewrite is occurring through Powershell scripting. How can I copy a file on a remote share to a remote server?


Answer: You can manage this copy using a Powershell cmdlet called Copy-Item  . At a basic level it is easy to implement this script here is an example of a copy from a remote share to a remote share on another server


Copy-Item \\server1\test\file.txt \\server2\test_copy\test


If this Copy-Item is part of an ETL process, you'll need to think about how you will manage a failure and maybe consider if you require a buffered or non-buffered approach to file transfers.

If you are copying very large files across the network - then speed and dependability are important. As an alternative to the Copy-Item approach or MS-DOS COPY , you can consider an Speed up copying large files with ESEUTIL - for large file transfer

Which ever approach you decide upon - manage the ETL through SQL Server agent jobs and error handling .

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