Find out users currently acessing folders

Posted on 2007-08-09
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Hi we have a Windows 2003 server. There are some folders I was going to delete. We've backed everything up just in case. I noticed when I went to delete one of them, it said it had 2 files being accessed by 5 users. How do I find out what file and users are involved?


Question by:dpriebe
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Log into that server.
Open the Computer Management console
Open the System Tools folder.
Open the Open Files folder.
See which folders and files are in use.

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I followed those directions, but there is no "Open files" folder
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My mis-type....
Open the System Tools folder.
Open the Shared Folders folder
Open the Open Files folder.

The right pane should have the files in use.
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Farhan Kazi earned 1500 total points
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This can also be done from command line:
Click Start -> Run -> Cmd.exe  [Press Enter]
OpenFiles [Press Enter]

Another way is check through 'FileMon'
FileMon monitors and displays file system activity on a system in real-time.

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