I have no idea how I didn’t know this existed - it’s been around for ages. Openfiles.exe has existed on Windows machines since Windows XP, and this is something that I’ve struggled with for years!
Openfiles.exe /query /s file-server > openfiles.txt
This will export to a list all open files by user on that particular server as per below
ID Accessed By Type Open File (Pathexecutable) ======== ==================== ========== ===================================== 31541186 eric Windows F:\..\Example\June 42278615 tom Windows E:\..\Example2\doc 46977638 john Windows E:\..\Hello 30870272 jane Windows E:\..Place\file.docx
If you would like to “kill” one of these locks, for example the lock Tom has on you can just disconnect them using the same utility, supplying the ID as follows:
openfiles.exe /disconnect /id 42278615