Network Users Identifying open files

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Here is the scenario, I have multiple users on the network accessing the same files (ie. Excel spreadsheets). Some of the computers have generic login information that doesn't tell you who they are when the "File in use by..." window pops up. Rather than getting a call every day to check who has a file open, I want to know if there is a command that the local user can run to find who has the file open, identifying their IP address or windows login would be good. The unfortunate thing is that the files are housed on a server that individuals do not have admin rights to. And the mmc console is locked down to local use only.

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Try using the NET FILE command to see if you can populate a list on the client

Chances are though access will be denied and or no files will appear.

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<a href=”http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897552.aspx”>PStools </a>are very useful. Install it and use psfile \\servername to see who is accessing shares on the server.

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  • Kevin Beaver
    Definitely check out the Sysinternals tools...They're great for things like this as I discuss here and here.
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