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I have used a script from a previous post and modified it slightly:

Get-ChildItem "c:\test\*.txt" | ForEach-Object {          
Rename-Item $_.FullName "$BackupFolder$($_.BaseName -replace " ", "_" -replace '\..*?$')-$(Get-Date -Format "ddMMyyyy").txt"
}

However:

Current renamed file: test-ddmmyy.txt
Required Format: testddmmyy.txt

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This ought to work.

Get-ChildItem "c:\test\*.txt" | ForEach-Object {          
Rename-Item $_.FullName "$BackupFolder$($_.BaseName -replace " ", "_" -replace '\..*?$')$(Get-Date -Format "ddMMyyyy").txt"

Your dash was coming in from just before $(Get-Date. Remember, when passing things in double-quotes as a parameter, anything that's not a variable or is not within parenthesis and preceded by $ will be treated as a string character.

In the below script:

$test='test';"$test-$(Get-Date -F 'ddMMyyyy')"

$test will be expanded into its value 'test', - will be left alone since it is neither a variable nor a part of an expression, and Get-Date -F 'ddMMyyyy' will be processed and return its output since it is set apart as an expression with $(...). This will result in:

test-24112013

Get rid of the dash, and...

$test='test';"$test-$(Get-Date -F 'ddMMyyyy')"

....outputs...

test24112013
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