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Disconnect a User

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

You can disconnect users from a shared folder by using the Shared Folders MMC snap-in or by using the command prompt. You cannot disconnect users through Windows Explorer.

ImportantImportant
Users may lose data if disconnected without warning. When possible, notify users before disconnecting them.

Disconnect a user or users

 

To disconnect a user or all users from a shared folder or drive by using the Windows interface
  1. Open Computer Management.

  2. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Yes.

  3. In the console tree, click System Tools, click Shared Folders, and then click Sessions.

  4. To disconnect all users, on the Action menu, click Disconnect all users. To disconnect a specific user, in the Details pane right-click the user name, and then click Close Session.

 

To disconnect a user or all users from a shared folder or drive by using a command line
  1. To open an elevated Command Prompt window, click Start, point to All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.

  2. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Yes.

  3. Type:

    net session \\<computer> /delete
    

    For example, to disconnect a user on a computer named user_computer, which is connected to a shared folder that you are managing, type:

    net session \\user_computer /delete
    

 

Value Description

Net session

Lists or disconnects users connected to shared folders on the computer.

\\<computer>

The name of the computer accessing the shared folder.

/delete

Ends the session, and closes all open files on the computer for the session. If you omit \\computer, the command ends the sessions on the local computer.

noteNote
To view the complete syntax for this command, at the command prompt, type: net help session

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