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I have a file in a DFS share, it's in a namespace managed by two domain controllers The base media is one shared drive on a file server I can't delete it, it keeps re-appearing when I run sysinternals handle utility on the file server it tells me the file is opened by PID 4, which appears to be 'system'

I assume thats the DFS service or sharing service that's actually doing the sharing.

How can I determine who is has the file open and from where?

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The DFS service simply maps the correct folder to the correct location, I can't imagine it would maintain a file handle on anything. What is the name of the file that keeps appearing? Right click the file, go properties -> Details and find out who created the file, that's probably your culprit. As far as checking which Users have which file open, I don't know if it's possible on a windows server machine, but this thread might help you http://stackoverflow.com/questions/581219/find-out-who-is-locking-a-file-on-a-network-share

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Thanks! stackoverflow.com/questions/581219/… was the key. –  Paddy Carroll Aug 8 '12 at 8:58

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