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Chapter 22. Using a Windows 2000 Network > Managing Network Resources Using the... - Pg. 709

Using a Windows 2000 Network 709 Managing Network Use of Your Computer If you've shared folders on your LAN, you might want to know who's using them. You could need to know this information if, for example, someone were editing a file in your shared folder. If you tried to edit the same file, you'd be told by your word processor that the file was "in use by another." But by whom? Computer Management can help you out. Right-click My Computer, select Manage, and open the Shared Folders system tool. It displays the shared folders that your computer offers and the number of users attached to them. You can add new shared folders using the Shares tool with a right-click. You can also view the current users (sessions) and the files they have in use with the Sessions and Open Files views. This will let you know whom to ask to close a file or, in an emergency, you can disconnect a user or close an open file with the Delete key. (This is a drastic measure and is sure to mess up the remote user, so use it only when absolutely necessary.) Managing Network Resources Using the Command Line If you find yourself repeating certain network and file operations over and over, day after day, it makes sense to try to automate the processes. You might get so used to the graphical interface that you forget the command line, but it's still there, and you can perform drive mappings and printer selections with the command line almost as easily as from the GUI. Batch files, which were so familiar in the old DOS days, are still around and are a great way to perform repetitive tasks. I use batch files to perform simple computer-to-computer backups of important files. Let's say I want to back up the folder c:\ book on my computer to a shared folder of the same name on another