# Best Practice: copy from local server to remote

I have a question about best practices to utilize duplicacy copy. I do duplicacy backup from client to a local server. I then want to duplicacy copy the repository from the local server to a remote one.

I know how to do this from the client, but what are the right steps to copy the repository directly from the local to the remote server? I can’t do this with the current setup, because the repository is not initialized on the local server.

You can create an empty repository on the local server and points it to the same storage that you’re backing up to:

mkdir \path\to\empty\repository
duplicacy init repository_id \path\to\storage

Note that in our terminology repository means the directory to be backed up, while storage is the destination that files are backed up to.