NetWare 6.5 SP3 servers and Windows XP Pro, fully patched, with NetWare Client 4.91 and Office 2003, various patch levels.

We've seen this come up on occasion but, it doesn't seem to be consistent.

Today, we had a user try to open a word document on a commonly shared network drive. It told him it was in use by someone else. We determined that the NetWare server thought that someone else did have it open. However, the user in question had been in it but had closed it a while ago.

Anyone ever heard or seen this? And did you find a way to prevent it?


Delon E. Weuve
Senior Network Engineer
Office of Auditor of State
State of Iowa