In enterprise environments, documents and other file types are often located on central file server and users open their documents directly from there. Sometimes, server administrators need to update such files, but can’t because at least one user is using it and locking the file.
You could of course just reboot the server and the file would be unlocked, but that might be overkill as you are throwing everybody out.
Luckily, there is a tool on the server, that lets you selectively unlock files, here is how to do it:
- On Windows 2008 R2 Server, click Start and type Share and Storage Management and press Enter
- In the right pane, click Manage Open Files
- Click Close Selected
- Click Yes to confirm
Be aware that users of that file might lose data.