I'm trying to run a batch file via the Scripting module that copies and overwrites a file.  The line I'm using is...

start /wait xcopy \\server2\public\av\SignageServerSettings.xml %fwi%\SignageSettings\ /y

If I just run the batch file on the workstation, it works fine.  But when I try to push it out via the KBox, it doesn't recognize the %fwi% variable and just copies to the root of the C:\ drive.

Any ideas?



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I am using an Online Shell Script and I tried selecting "Run as Local System" and "Run as User logged in to console" which did not work.  Finally I ran it and provided the Domain admin credentials.  This seemed to work.  I also had to enclose the source and destination paths in " " incase there were any spaces in the path.

Answered 08/08/2012 by: bruno71
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Dump the batch file and use robocopy.exe in your script



Answered 08/08/2012 by: SMal.tmcc
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  • Just saw your answer here. I'll try this if my fix doesn't work. Thanks.
  • Robocopy does not seem to exist on Windows XP. The workstations I'm doing this on are a mix of XP and 7.
  • Sorry for that oversite when I replied. No it is not by default but you can download and add it, (pain for this one)
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Forgive my ignorance, but is %fwi% actually an environment variable? I've never seen it before and it doesn't show up on the lists I generally use for reference.

Answered 08/08/2012 by: Ben M
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It's an environment variable created by a third-party program we use.  It exists and works in Windows Explorer or by manually running the batch file.  But when I try to push the same batch file out via KBox, it does not seem to recognize it.


%fwi% points to "C:\Documents & Settings\All Users\Documents\Four Winds Interactive\"

But when I push out the batch file with KBox, instead of the xcopy destination being...

"C:\Documents & Settings\All Users\Documents\Four Winds Interactive\SignageSettings\" 

...it copies the file to "\SignageSetings\" and it ends up creating a folder at "C:\SignageSettings\"


Answered 08/08/2012 by: bruno71
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  • I'd be curious if %fwi% works as System instead of a user. Try running the batch using PsExec: http://www.kace.com/support/resources/kb/article/how-to-mimic-running-a-script-as-local-system-user-scripting

    If not, use an online script and use a different account.
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