I am trying to execute a batch file from SQL Server 2012 JObs with the following command

cmd.exe /c "D:\Batch Files\SQLDBBkupCopy.bat".

The objective of the batch file is to copy SQL DB backup to a different machine in the network. The Job successfully ran, but there was no files copied.

From the Jobs history I could able to see this error message:

Executed as user: SLC\sqlagentservice. Invalid drive specification 0 File(s) copied. Process Exit Code 0. The step succeeded.

Here is my Batch file script:

@echo off
echo.%Date% %Time%:- INITIATING FOLDERS......>>CopyLog.txt
set folder1="B:\SLCBackup\ForSymantec"
set folder2="\\testsvr\c$\SQLBKUP\SLCDBAREN"
echo.%Date% %Time%:- Initiation Complete.....>>CopyLog.txt
echo.%Date% %Time%:- Copying from %folder1% to %folder2% >>CopyLog.txt
xcopy /E /C /R /I /K /Y %folder1% %folder2%
echo.%Date% %Time%:- Complete...>>CopyLog.txt

However, if I try to copy in the same machine like:

set folder2="c:\test1" 

it then works.

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    A see that the destiny is begin with '\' and not with '\\'. See if the service user of SQL Server has privileges at the destiny folder.
    – Krismorte
    Feb 22, 2016 at 11:14
  • Hi Kris, thanks for the reply. But i have set this as "set folder2="\\testsvr\c$\SQLBKUP\SLCDBAREN"
    – Suman
    Feb 22, 2016 at 11:22
  • I see, but the privileges at the destiny folder. Do you see if the SQL user services has it?
    – Krismorte
    Feb 22, 2016 at 11:23
  • correct, the agent service user does not have permission to the destination machine... let me set and update you. Thanks.
    – Suman
    Feb 22, 2016 at 11:46
  • Hi Kris, Your Suggestion worked, the agent service user did not have the right to copy. Thanks a lot
    – Suman
    Feb 22, 2016 at 12:09

1 Answer 1


For any interaction with the Operation System, insure that the user services of SQL Server has the privileges

  • I have the similar issue now.I have given default network service as the service account.But i am not able to add it to the administor group
    – sparktech
    May 16, 2018 at 20:44

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