As an IT administrator, one of the most important and time-consuming tasks can be ensuring that files are kept up to date and backed up in multiple locations. This is especially true when you have to keep track of large numbers of files which are updated frequently. Copying all of these files manually can be a difficult and tedious process, and it often takes away from other more important tasks. Fortunately, there are ways to automate this process so that all files in a folder are continuously copied to another folder whenever they are changed or updated.
The first step is to enable the File System Watcher service on the computer or server where the files are stored. This service is available in all versions of Windows and can be enabled by going to Control Panel, Administrative Tools, and then Services. Once the service is enabled, you can then create a batch file which will be used to run the File System Watcher service whenever it detects a change in the folder. The batch file should be written in such a way that it will copy all of the files in the folder to the new location whenever a change is detected.
Once the batch file is created, it should be saved in the same folder as the files that you want to keep up to date. The batch file should also be set to run automatically whenever the folder is opened or whenever the computer is restarted. This will ensure that the files are always kept up to date.
In addition to the batch file, you will also need to create a “watcher” script which will be used to monitor the folder for changes. This script should be written in a language such as Python or Bash, and it should be configured to run in the background. The watcher script should be set to run at regular intervals, such as once an hour or once a day, so that it can check for any changes that have been made to the folder. If any changes are detected, the script should then run the batch file that was created earlier to copy all of the files to the new location.
By setting up a File System Watcher service and a watcher script, IT administrators can easily keep track of all of their files and ensure that they are always up to date and backed up in multiple locations. This can save them a lot of time and ensure that their files are always kept in sync.