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excel file "locked for editing" by either same or different user

Posted on 2009-12-28
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Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I am in the middle of migrating a small office from Windows 2000 to Windows 2003 SBS.  I have copied their main data folder over to the new server and am getting edit lock messages on the excel data files, either being locked by the same person, or a different person.

I designated the new server as a DC but with a different domain name.
The old DC is still online, but the clients having trouble are both ones logging into the new or old domain.

I almost seems like some edit lock is not getting properly released.

I have tried to disable SMB signing on the new server, in group policy but not sure it i did it in the right place.  do i need to disable SMB signing on the old server too?

Question by:Michael Ebbeson
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by:Michael Ebbeson
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info update:
It appears that this lock problem is limited to a specific type of excel spreadsheet the user get, which is somewhat complex, and contains a bunch of macros.

And if they copy the file from the shared network folder to their local C: drive, they do not get the lock message.


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Michael Ebbeson earned 0 total points
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More Info Update:

I'm not certain, and will followup and verify, but it looks like it might have something to do with the Indexing Service that's on Server 2003.  Here's an article i found:


I have disabled the indexing service on the directory that holds these files and popped the server and preliminary results look good.  Dang, should have upped the points if this is the solution!  ;)
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Are you sure the file is not 'shared'?

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by:Michael Ebbeson
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Thanks Patrick for chiming in.

I'm pretty sure it's the index service.

Once i cleared the indexing for that folder as per the above mentioned article, all of the locks just vanished.

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Michael, At least you've cracked the problem, - Patrick

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by:Michael Ebbeson
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yep!  But they won't give me my points! :(

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