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Summary: Copy items in a folder and retain the container with Windows PowerShell 3.0.
How can I use Windows PowerShell 3.0 to copy a folder structure from a drive to a network share, and retain the original structure?
Use the Copy-Item cmdlet and specify the –Container switched parameter:
Copy-Item c:\fso –destination \\server1\share -recurse -container
Cool. Had no idea this switch existed
Best is to do it not with PowerShell!
There are more than one pitfalls! E.g. See Path too long exception social.technet.microsoft.com/.../12179.net-powershell-path-too-long-exception-and-a-net-powershell-robocopy-clone.aspx
You have to maintain the logging and the checksum stuff (Bit checking) by yourself!
Best practice is to use approved tools like robocopy..exe for such tasks!
Why the need for -container? Isn't that what -recurse was supposed to do?
Container is true by default, so using it doesn't make any difference.
No, -container is false by default. See