Close an open file on a server 2008 server

(Before I describe the issue, I want to stress that I am just looking for an answer to this particular question. The background and situation description would take 2000 words.)

Is there a way, either through a utility or a command line, to close an open file?

You can use the 'net file' command to close and open file, but that requires that you know the file ID#. However, each time a particular (same) file is opened, it gets a new ID#.

I need a way to close a particular file on demand through the command line or through a scheduled task.


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Tony GiangrecoCommented:
There are probably more ways to do this, but from a command line or task scheduler, you could probably execute a cmd or batch file with a command like this:

TASKKILL /F /IM notepad.exe

I'd put it in notepad, save it as stopapp.cmd and then schedule it in task scheduler.
tnormanAuthor Commented:
Thanks for that suggestion, TG-TIS. However, that would involve killing the program running that has the file open, which isn't what I was looking for.

I found a program called 'Unlocker' which did exactly what I needed.

Thanks again for your time.


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tnormanAuthor Commented:
Solution provided didn't specifically address the issue. Found own solution shortly after posting question.
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