IT Admins - How to see open network files

Posted on 2016-11-10
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Last Modified: 2016-11-15
As an IT Admin overseeing a windows domain environment (server 2012). Is it possible to see which FILES are open on the network and which USERS have it open?

For example we have a shared excel file that is shared to 14 people. Every once in a while they need to all close the file but I can never tell who still has it open. Any solution for that?

Thx in advance!
Question by:XAnalyzer

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Andy earned 2000 total points
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Yup, you can look in computer management and under system tools --> Shared Folders then click on Open Files
This lists the files and the users in the window
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by:Hypercat (Deb)
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Just as an FYI, keep in mind that files showing as "open" in the computer management console are not always "open" in the sense that we think of that term.  For example, if a user opens File Explorer and then does a search, every single file that is listed in the search window will show as "open."

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by:Kevin Stanush
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The computer management snapin referenced by andy should work in your case, as the user would be opening the file in Excel through a file share, and because of the way Excel opens files, it should show in the compmgmt.msc snapin as open.  At least its easy to test in your case as it sounds like this file would be open frequently.

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