I have ArcMap open, and someone else has the same shapefile open as me. How can I kick them off so that I can edit? I get the following error message: "Unable to save edits, cannot acquire a lock"
This used to work, but I haven't done this in years. And this is only going to work for a windows machine where you have admin priv:
Remote into the file server and use openfiles.exe /disconnect to disconnect the user from the files.
Or you could use
This question really gets into the realm of file systems, so there could be multiple answers to this question. If the file server is linux, then that will be a different answer (at the time I posted this answer, no OS was mentioned.).
Disclaimer: I'm in no way advocating multi-user editing with shapefiles!
This is not for actually 'kicking' a user out, but apparently there is now an app called VectorLock which 'that restricts view and edit access to shapefiles.' I just read it in Directions Magazine