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Manage Sessions and Open Files

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

When a user accesses a folder or file stored on your server over the network, a session is opened for that user. Each folder or file accessed during a session can be monitored and managed separately.

With Share and Storage Management, you can determine which network users are currently accessing folders or files on your server, and disconnect a user if necessary. You can also close specific folders or files that are being accessed by a network user, without closing other files accessed by that same user.

Users may lose data if they are disconnected without warning. When possible, notify users before disconnecting them, or before closing a folder or file.

Membership in Administrators, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete these procedures. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=83477.

To view and close open sessions
  1. In the Actions pane, click Manage Sessions.

  2. To close a specific session, select the session and click Close Selected.


    To close all sessions, click Close All.

To view and close open files
  1. In the Actions pane, click Manage Open Files.

  2. To close a specific file, select the file and click Close Selected.


    To close all files, click Close All.

Additional considerations

  • To open Share and Storage Management, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Share and Storage Management.

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