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    Folder Locking across Network

    I keep coming across the problem that Windows will not let me rename a folder if someone else happens to have left an explorer or DOS window in that folder. Given that we have developers and servers in widely different time-zones then this is a real pain. It could obviously have been designed out of Windows by treating the folder's display name as a mere property - but that would require Windows to be designed for multi-user use instead of having it bolted on.
    Now, does anyone know how I can do this without having to find out who is in there and getting them to leave? It just has to be possible but my limits stop me.

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    You should be able to access the file server and remove their 'handles' whcih may be open on the files. Right click my computer->manage-> then find the file sharing and open folders and files parts. In there you can see who has open files and if necessary remove the handles.

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    Rightclick My Computer > Manage > Shared Folders > Open Files

    Identify the user.

    Select Sessions > find user's session > right click > close session.

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    That's how I have to do it if I can't raise the person.
    They might be doing important stuff in there. What I want is just to change the name with no side-effects that can get people shouty and red-faced.
    Last edited by Miles; 2nd June 2011 at 02:09 PM.

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