Check if a file is opened on server


I have a user who is trying to open a file on a shared network drive, and it says they can't because the file is already in use- but the name they give for who has it open is the same name as the user.  Anyone know where to start with this one?  We are on a Win08R2 server and the user is on Windows XP
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SeanSystem EngineerCommented:
You can check in compmgmt to see if any shared files are opened. Should have a option of Shared folders -> Open Files. This will tell you all files that are open. However it could be a backup that has the file locked and they would often times return the same name as the user trying to open the file so you may want to look at that as well.
Steven CarnahanNetwork ManagerCommented:
Choose Start > Administrative Tools > Share and Storage Management.  
Click to open: Share and Storage Management
To see what files are open on your system, from the Action pane of the tool, choose Manage Open Files.  A screen opens up that provides you with a list of the files and folders that are open on your server. The list provides you with information regarding the user that has the file open as well as the file's location.

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Skyler KincaidNetwork/Systems EngineerCommented:
I have seen this happen a lot when Explorer is setup to do a preview of the document. While it is opening the document to generate the preview the user tries to open it and they get a message that it is opened by the user.

It is something you can check because we have seen that in the past.
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