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A simple script to use either robocopy or xcopy to backup files

Under various circumstances, I've found it useful to cobble together a script to do a sync backup across the network from one Windows server to another. Usually this is for files only and is for either a mirror or a daily, full backup of data. Obviously there are some great backup tools available that make something like this largely unnecessary, however, this is quick, simple and gives you an email output of what has happened. The first example below uses robocopy (Robust Copy) which is a very nice bit of kit indeed. It's a bit more useful than xcopy and handles larger numbers of files better. Don't get me wrong, I love xcopy, but it has it's limitations. I use rsync a lot on Linux servers and robocopy gives me many similar options for how I want to handle files. The destination directory could be anything - another folder on the same PC, a removable disk, a mapped share or even a straight UNC path e.g. \\server\share - flexibility is the key for this script, once th