Which user has an open PDF?

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Sep 05, 2022 Sep 05, 2022

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Hello,
we often work as a team with many PDF files on server. It often happens that the user doesn't close the PDF and it is then impossible to overwrite or rename it. Is there any way to know which user has the PDF open?
I thought of a script that would save a TXT file with the name of the opened PDF + the name of the user next to the PDF when the file is opened.
something like:
35KW_report_22.pdf
35KW_report_22_john_Doe.txt

When the PDF is closed, the TXT file would be deleted.
Is it possible to achieve this somehow? We all using Acrobat DC pro version (Windows).
Thanks

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File server operating systems such as Windows Server, Unix or Linux, already come equiped with file activity logging and file process auditing, to include   group policy (GPO) filtering mechanisms.

 

These tools are already aimed at file server administrators to facilitate how to monitor shared folders and files, and who  is accessing those at any given time.

 

What operating system are you on that server?

 

And what is wrong with the built-in file auditing feature, or defining GPO in your organization?

 

In addition, very operating system (desktop or server) already has built-in activity logging capabilities (per system process or per user).

 

See here, for example:

 

 

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