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Copying files and folders

Deployment Solution

Deployment Solution lets you copy files and folders from one client computer to another computer that is in the same network. You can also copy files and folders from the local computer on which Symantec Management Platform (SMP) is installed. Deployment Solution uses either HTTP protocol or UNC to copy a file from the local computer to the client computer.

For Windows, you can copy files over both HTTP and UNC whereas for Linux computers, you can copy files only over HTTP.

When you copy a file that already exists on a client computer, the earlier version of the file is overwritten. Deployment Solution also provides you the option to install an executable using the command-line switch option.

You can use the Copy File task to copy files of installable that you want to install on a different computer. You can copy installation files such as MSI or EXE. After the task executes, you can install the application by using the command-line switches.

To copy files and folders

  1. Launch the Symantec Management Console.

  2. In the Symantec Management Console, on the Manage menu select Jobs and Tasks.

  3. In the left pane, do either of the following:

    • Right-click System Jobs and Tasks and select New > Task.

    • Expand the System Jobs and Tasks and right-click Deployment and Migration to select New > Task.

  4. The fields and their descriptions are as follows:

    Task name icon

    Lets you specify a name for the Copy File task that you create.

    Copy file

    Select this option if you want to copy a file.

    Copy folder

    Select this option if you want to copy a folder. Check the option, Include Sub-folders if you want to copy the sub-folders too.


    Select the source of the file or the folder from where you want to copy.

    Select from either of the source options:

    • Access from UNC location

      You can access a shared path of the client computer to copy the file or folder. If you want to copy a file that is not on the Symantec Management Platform computer ensure that you provide the credentials for the file. For the UNC option to work, you must provide the domain (or computer name) with the user name in the domain\username format.

    • Upload from local system

      You can upload a file or folder from a local computer on which SMP is installed.

    Any changes you make to a local file are not automatically updated in the Copy File task. For example, you copy a local file using this task and then make changes to that file. If you rerun the task, the same file that you previously copied is used. You must modify your task first and select the same file to ensure that your changes are correctly copied.


    Browse to the location of the files to upload or to the UNC path to copy the files or folder files.

    Specify the credentials in the User name and Password fields to retrieve the files from the selected location.


    The location of the client computer where the files are to be copied.

    File Execute > Command Line

    Specify the command-line instruction to execute the copied file on the client computer.

    You can execute the *.msi, *.vbs, *.cmd, *.bat, *.vbe, *.wsf, and *.exe files using the command-line switch.

    Provide the required credentials to execute the command-line instructions in the User name and Password fields.

  5. Click OK.

  6. Schedule the task.

    See Scheduling a deployment job or task