#1. We are using windows server 2003 and have all of the 10 office computers tied to the server. The updates on the server and computers have been updated regularly. All computer acces their files to and from the server through mapped drives, so all files are saved on the server. We at first had a problem on a work station that was using Excel (version XP 2002) that he could not save a modified file over itself without getting this message: “Your changes could not be saved to 'Your_File_Name.XLS', but were saved to '4CCA4100'. Close the existing document, then open the temporary document and save it under a new name”. Research has lead to the Microsoft Knowledge help Article ID 833613. http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;833613
The repair is related to Win 2000 and above. The client machine is running Windows 98 though. I tried the hotfix but it was refused because of the OS diferences. MS basically does not support 98 anymore so likely they will not ever have a fix for it. However, I have a feeling that the real problem is not what I just mentioned but that it is somehow related to the problem following. This computer has been operating for at least a year without a problem and then suddenly it starts. Another client Win 98 computer at the same time started to do the same activity on it also. Both are windows 98 and connected to the server. All other work stations are Windows XP and are not experiancing the above problem but ALL are experiancing the following problem..
2. In the meantime, whenever Excel came up with the above message it made another file with a bunch of numbers without a suffix e.g.“567A000” Consequently the folder on the server began to fill up with these numbered files. I assumed they were the temp file from Excel and tried to delete them. They would disappear but then would reappear when the window was refreshed. I then also discovered that even with any other file on the server, I could “delete” the file but they would return when refreshed. Now I know about the self healing properties of the Windows system, but these are not system files. They are normal user files. I closed down the Excel program and the offending computers in order to eliminate any stuck links. However, even with only the server running by itself, the files cannot be deleted. (The administrator on the server can delete but nobody on the workstations can delete from the server) Would maybe the problem in #1 be related to number #2 problem?
The shared drives have the administrator rights as well as the specific user rights. I have rechecked all permissions on the shared drive and all are checked to full control and propagated to the child. I also tried changing all the ownerships to the specific users. There are no messages involved from the server, just reappearing of files after refreshing. Any ideas would be much appreciated.