I have a SQL Server 2014 instance job that runs nightly that moves backups from the local drive to a network drive. I wrote it using PowerShell.

$mypath = $('F:\Backup\CRMDB01$CRMDB012014\Prod\Full\')
$mydestination = '\\stagingshare\fromprod\'
$myfile = gci $mypath | sort LastWriteTime | select -last 1
copy-item -path ($mypath + $myfile) -destination $mydestination

The job is failing with "reason: line(1): Syntax Error". I have it set to "Run as:" proxy_1.

proxy_1 has a credentialed name next to it that has access to the share. I don't have any principals selected.

What am I missing?

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    Take the $() out from around your first line, so should just be $myPath = 'F:\Backup\CRMDB01$CRMDB012014\Prod\Full\'
    – user507
    Jan 5, 2016 at 19:42
  • That was it. It now works, but for some reason doesn't copy the file. Jan 5, 2016 at 20:01
  • Try adding a line that just calls c:\. I've found that the default provider is SQL when running PowerShell jobs from SQL Agent. I typically throw a line that calls just C:\, to force the provider to switch to the file system. It's the least fragile method I've found for doing that. Jan 5, 2016 at 20:04

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The syntax error you are getting is from the $() this is taken as a token in SQL Server Agent context...so it will always bark at that; removing it should fix the syntax error.

On the copy issue you will likely need to specify the property you want to pass into Copy-Item. Just passing $myfile is not going to work because that contains the full object of the output from gci. So change it to something like:

$myfile = gci $mypath | sort LastWriteTime | select -last 1 -ExpandPropety FullName
Copy-Item -path $myfile -destination $mydestination

Now $myFile will contain the full path to your last file: enter image description here

  • This is awesome. It succeeds now in the SQL job, but still doesn't move the file. Thoughts? Jan 5, 2016 at 20:14
  • Is there a file to move? Permissions? There are a handful of things to check on why the file is not going anywhere.
    – user507
    Jan 5, 2016 at 20:18
  • Yes the file exists. The proxy that it's using is linked to a windows user that has full writes to the share. Is there any where to look to see logs for a successful job? Jan 5, 2016 at 20:21
  • Add an output file to the SQL Agent job will capture anything output by the script.
    – user507
    Jan 5, 2016 at 20:22
  • The job script encountered the following errors. These errors did not stop the script: A job step received an error at line 4 in a PowerShell script. The corresponding line is 'copy-item -path $myfile -destination $mydestination'. Correct the script and reschedule the job. The error information returned by PowerShell is: 'Source and destination path did not resolve to the same provider.' Is this something that I need specify with the paths? Jan 5, 2016 at 20:34

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