PS: Archiving For File Servers

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I wanted to see about creating an archive from our file server so that I could move data that is older to another directory. My favorite tool is Powershell, but I really like using Robocopy for any kind of file structure syncs. Either way, the following guide can be used in order to create an Archive for your file server.

NOTE: In this example, I wanted to move all files older than a year to another location.

To Resolve:

  1. Before touching any real data, always start by testing POC (Proof of Concept):

    • Create “C:\Test” on your local machine.
    • Create “C:\Test2” on your local machine.
    • Create some random text files in C:\Test and change their security properties e.g. Disable inheritance – Remove default user groups – Add some – Change their permissions, ect.
  2. Open up a Powershell window and run:

    • Load the following function (I would just use ISE for one time use. If you do this often, put it in your profile):
    Function Set-Filetimestamps
    Param (
    [Datetime]$Date = (Get-Date))
    Get-Childitem -Path $Path -Recurse |
    Foreach-Object {
    $_.Creationtime = $Date
    $_.Lastaccesstime = $Date
    $_.Lastwritetime = $Date }
    # Now we run it:
    Set-Filetimestamps -Path C:\Test -Date 7/1/2011
  3. You can now see that all the time stamps changed for that folder and it’s directory. Now we will create a function that moves older files to the C:\test2 folder and leaves any new ones:

    • Inside C:\test, create a couple new text documents and sub directories. They should obviously have today’s date instead of an older date.
    Function Move-Toarchive
    Param (
    New-Psdrive -Psprovider Filesystem -Root $Path -Name Path
    Cd $Path
    Get-Childitem -Recurse |
    Where-Object {$_.Lastwritetime -Lt (Get-Date).Adddays(-$Days)} |
    Move-Item -Destination $Dest -Force
    # Now we run it:
    Move-Toarchive -Path C:\Test -Days 365 -Dest C:\Test2
  4. That’s it! Run the second script on a file server of your choice using the parameters you want.

  5. Source is maintained under gwFileSystem and here