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Issue with Open Files on Windows Server 2003

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I have an issue that I want to see if anyone would have a good solution for.

I have a client with a Windows 2003 File Server.  They have a user who comes in earlier then most users and has to access files for various tasks and reports.  Many mornings he gets the error that some files are in use and he can only access in read only mode.  Most times this is a file that was left open by another user before they went home the day before and not in the building so he must wait for them to arrive.  I'm trying to find a way that this user would have master rights where if another user has it open he could take it over in full control.  Kind of like how an admin can go on to the server and close files out which is what we do for him if the user isn't in the office.  I'm not sure if this is possible or not but thought I'd see if anyone out there has had an issue like this.  


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Pretty much the only option is to close the session on that file through the file server that I know of. I haven't run across any other method so if there is one i'd love to know about it.
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If you are using Windows 2003 or XP then you can utilize command line utility called "OpenFiles"
"OpenFiles" command enables an administrator to list or disconnect files and folders that have been opened on a system.

To test follow these steps
Click Start -> Run -> Cmd.exe
OpenFiles [press enter]

Now above command will show you the list of files/folders that are opened. The output will be like
INFO: The system global flag 'maintain objects list' needs
      to be enabled to see local opened files.
      See Openfiles /? for more information.

Files opened remotely via local share points:
---------------------------------------------

ID       Accessed By          Type       Open File (Path\executable)
======== ==================== ========== =====================================
163      ADMINISTRATOR        Windows    C:\..\Desktop\MyDoc\Test1.doc

To disconnect you can use File ID, UserName, or file name Like

OpenFiles /Disconnect /ID 163
OR
OpenFiles /Disconnect /A Administrator

If you want to close all opened files then can utilize FOR loop. Like:

FOR /F "skip=11 Tokens=1" %I IN ('OpenFiles') DO OpenFiles /Disconnect /ID %I

Above statement will close all files/folders that are opened. You can also make a batch file and schedule it so it will automatically close all files on specified time.

Hope this helps!
Farhan
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Found solution from another post on EE
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