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How to tell who's using files on server

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I've got a Windows 2000 network with about 100 users.  When I do the backups every night, one database on the server does not backup because it's in use.  There are no users logged on to it-I checked to make sure that everyone who uses it had logged off.   How can I tell who or what is accessing this file and keeping it from closing?  Could it be a process running in the background?

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by:stevenlewis
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try turning on auditing on the file server
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How to find who is using a file

To find who is using a file on a computer, right-click My Computer>Manage>Shared Folders>Open File. You should find the open file and by whom.
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by:maharlika
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Here's a side question: on WinXP, i use the classic start menu, don't like the new XP menu.  However, it takes the "my computer" icon off of my desktop when I use classic view.  How can I keep this without using the new menu?
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by:blin2000
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assuming you want the My Computer icon on the desktop, do this: Start>My computer, right-click and check Show on Ddesktop. hope this help.
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by:maharlika
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"My computer" doesn't show up on the Start menu when using classic view.
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by:blin2000
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you go back to start menu, create my computer shortcut first and then switch back to the classic view.
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by:Naser Gabaj
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I understand from you that you are trying to make a backup on a file server, if this the case and your users are logged in this server using mapped drivers or something like that then here is the solution:
Go to the file server and then Right click on My Computer>Manage>clikc on + shared folders>open either session to see the users and then you can disconnect them by close their session, and then make you bakup safely.

I hope that will help you.

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Naser
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by:maharlika
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blin2000:

i've done the shortcut, but when I go back to classic view, it takes it off the desktop.  That's how exasperating this is!
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by:only1me
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Hi,

To get your "My Computer" icon back on your desktop, simply right-click on your desktop, choose 'properties'.

Select the 'desktop' tab, click 'customize desktop', then you can choose which icons appear on your desktop...

Hope that helps...

J.
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by:only1me
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Also, on your backup problem.

What backup application are you using?
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