Something like

cp \\target_machine local_file.txt c:\dest_file.txt

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Assuming you have appropriate permissions, you can do it like this:

copy local_file.txt \\target_machine\c$\dest_file.txt

Use "c$" to reference C drive on the remote machine.

  • How do you include a username and password to authenticate if you don't have appropriate permissions? Mar 18, 2018 at 14:33
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    Searching around suggests net use to provide the authentication to the share before copying (eg: stackoverflow.com/questions/3854026). Not sure if that works with the c$ notation above though, you'd have to try it and see.
    – Ash
    Mar 19, 2018 at 9:11

It's like this:

copy c:\local_path\local_file.txt \\target_machine\destination_path\destination_file.txt

If you have \\target_machine\destination_path\ mapped to a network drive, say, Z: then the command becomes

copy c:\local_path\local_file.txt Z:\destination_file.txt

  • when I try the first option (without the c$ stuff) I get "The system cannot find the path specified" or "The network name cannot be found", depending on one or two backslashes before machine name.
    – Ash
    Oct 8, 2010 at 5:15
  • Hmm, there was an error in Markdownformatting which showed only single backslash instead of 2. If you're getting The network name cannot be found then it's a network problem, either you don't have permissions or the firewall is blocking your requests
    – Sathyajith Bhat
    Oct 8, 2010 at 12:23
  • I tried both one and two backslashes, and got the different error messages depending on which I used. "Network name cannot be found" was with two backslashes. Interesting. That works with your network setup? It didn't work with either our server or other clients...
    – Ash
    Oct 8, 2010 at 13:45
  • @Ash single backslash indicates you are accessing the current drive, hence you got the system cannot find path specified error. Double backslash is used for accessing network shares with UNC naming scheme. Yes, this works on my network, I have couple of scripts where I make use of this ( scripts are to export data, compress them and move them to NAS). I suspect permissions problems. Are the machines you want to copy on different domains/workgroups ?
    – Sathyajith Bhat
    Oct 8, 2010 at 13:59
  • On Windows machines/networks, a share such as c$ must be used.
    – Timtech
    Mar 27, 2015 at 0:24

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