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Excel file are not locked properly

Posted on 2016-09-29
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Hi

We are currently experiencing an intermittent issue on our network.

We have a file server (Windows 2012 R2) at our datacenter with several shared folders. It has "Application Server" and "File and Storage service" roles installed.

A VPN is created between location A and the datacenter. Both routers are Sonicwalls (NSA240 and TZ600 respectively)

At location A, user A and B both have a network drive pointing to the same shared folder containing several Excel files.

Most of the times, user A access an Excel file, and when user B tries to open the file, he gets blocked because A is already editing the file. Which is the expected behaviour.

But sometimes, user A access the file, works in it, and meanwhile user B acces the same file, doesn't get any "already in use" warning, works in it, save the file. Then when A tries to save his changes, it says the file is locked by "another user".
User A was the first to open the file.

As a workaround for now, I've asked my users to save their file as soon as it's opened. I was never able to reproduce the problem that way.

Thanks in advance for all your help
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by:J Spoor
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single file server or dfs?
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single
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excel often opens file in a read only mode, only when clicking edit will it lock
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When I go RDC on the server, and opens the file, it works perfectly. I can save it as expected.

If I open the file from my pc, using the Network Drive, I get an error while trying to save it (currently in use by "another user")

I went on the SonicWall at the datacenter, and disabled the Anti-Virus. Now everything works fine.

I will place a call at SonicWall
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deewave earned 0 total points
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SonicWall suggest to exclude to server's IP on GAV

From the case description, I understand you have issue with GAV.

If I am right, you can exclude the IP for the server on GAV.

Please follow the below KB article for the same.

https://support.software.dell.com/kb/sw11728

I am available from 9 AM to 6 PM EST to work on this.


It does work, but I'd want to understand and correct the problem, instead of this workaround.
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none of the proposed solutions worked
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