What to do when users don't exit an Access 2003 database and you have a lock file

I want to take a database offline for maintenance but there is an .ldb file.
mrandersAsked:
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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft MVP, Access and Data Platform)Connect With a Mentor Commented:
"What would happen if I simply tried to delete the ldb?"

It's ok to try ... but, if a workstation has and MDB open ... say the Front End to a Back End - and you are seeing the Back End  LDB ... it will not allow you to delete it.  Also ... If and abnormal shutdown occurs say on a Front End ... you will end up with an LDB - which may or may not be 'stuck'.   IF ... it is 'stuck', it will not delete.  Otherwise, it will delete.  Again, sometimes - usually - rebooting will get rid of a stuck LDB.

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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft MVP, Access and Data Platform)Commented:
Your options:

1) If you are sure no one is actually 'using' the mdb, you can reboot that suspect user's workstation.

2) Or ... the server if necessary

3) You can, but not really recommended ... actually copy over an MDB with a new or different version, ie. one that you have done maintenance on ... even if there is and existing LDB.

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mrandersAuthor Commented:
I see. Thanks. Everything in my database is saved instantly. The user never has to push a 'save' button or anything like that. What would happen if I simply tried to delete the ldb?
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mrandersAuthor Commented:
Ok, perhaps deleting the ldb is not the best alternative. I wish I could find out who was logged in.
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