Windows Server can’t see who has share in use

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Windows Server 2003
Windows Server Permissions
Windows Server Shared Folders
I have a server running Windows 2003 standard with a folder that is being shared. On this share I have limited the User Limit to one user. I have done this by going to the properties of the share, under the general tab, User Limit section, Allow this number of users: and set to 1. When I have someone map a drive to this folder it uses that one access point and blocks all others from access it. Problem is, that as long as they don’t open any files, I can’t find a way to see what user has that share in use. The only time I can see who is in the share is by seeing them having file open. One other item worthy of mentioning is that I have also accessed this share through a DFS path as well. Doesn’t seem to matter which way you access it, I still can’t see who has the share in use when they don’t have any files open. Does anyone have a Windows command to see this?

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Windows Server 2003
ASKED: August 13, 2009  5:57 PM
UPDATED: August 19, 2009  1:10 PM

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You should be able to go into Computer Management (compmgmt.msc), go into Shared Folders, and then drill down to see who is connected and which files are open.

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  • Wimble
    Thanks Kevin, Problem is though, that the end user doesn't have any files in use yet when the share is connected too. My problem is that someone is mapping a drive letter to the share and then just leaving it at that and not accessing any files. Without a file open, how can i see who has the share in use?
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  • Kevin Beaver
    You could run netstat -an |more from a command prompt and see who's connected on the NetBIOS ports (445 and 13x) ....it may take a while if you have a lot of users but you could use that to narrow things down.
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  • Wimble
    I have tried Netstat -an and all it shows me is the IP of the server and the port it is using (445 and 13X) and then the IP of the pc's connected. I know i have a bunch of people connected to this server. It has approx. 10 other shares and they are all accessing different shares. That is where my issues is. I need to see who has what share open, not who has a connection open on the server. This share thing is what is making it hard. You just can't see who has a share in use at the server. One other item, I only have a limited amount of users that even have access to this share. Does anyone know of a PSEXEC command that i can run on each individual users machine to see what share's they have in use? I can't look at mapped drives becuase some don't map it, they just browse to it which in return will also mark the share in use. Thanks,
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  • Kevin Beaver
    If you have a limited number of users couldn't you just logon to their machines and do a 'net use' and see who has it open? You could use PsExec to do this remotely.
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