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How to force a powershell copy-item file copy

05 November,2019 by Tom Collins

Question :  I'm attempting to use Powershell copy-item , to copy a file from a remote location onto a local drive. This is the code I'm executing :

 Copy-Item \\myremotelocation\servers.csv \\mylocaldrive\temp 

The problem I'm getting is a "denied" type of error:

Copy-Item : Access to the path '  \\mylocaldrive\temp\servers.csv   ' is denied.
At line:1 char:1
+ Copy-Item - \\myremotelocation\servers.csv...
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
+ CategoryInfo : PermissionDenied: (\\myremotelocation...servers.csv:FileInfo) [Copy-Item], Unauthorized
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : CopyFileInfoItemUnauthorizedAccessError,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.CopyItemCommand

I can copy the file manually i.e outside of the Powershell environment  and I am using the same logon for both the Powershell console and the manual drag and drop. 

How can I fix this issue?

Answer: Based on the error message -  you are missing using the -Force parameter . The error message can be misleading . The error message refers to  a path being denied - whereas the message in these circumstances means the item cannot be replaced. 

There is a full list of parameters if you use - help copy-file -full . 

Test this out by changing your code to :

Copy-Item -Force \\myremotelocation\servers.csv \\mylocaldrive\temp 


If you would like to know how to dig into Powershell read - Expand your Powershell mind – Three key cmdlets

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