Unable to delete directory in FTP or Plesk Server Administrator
Posted by zz-James Moir on 21 June 2016 04:07 PM


When you try to delete a directory using FTP or the file manager in Plesk Server Administrator you receive an access denied message.


The issue can occur if the IIS Worker Process has a lock on the directory or files and folders contained within the directory. Until this lock is released it will be impossible to remove the directory.


The lock can be removed by recycling the IIS Worker Process using Plesk. Once recycled you can then delete the directory using either FTP or the Plesk file manager.

To recycle the Worker Process follow these steps:

  1. Login to Plesk Server Administrator.
  2. Select the domain name you are having the problem with.
  3. Click on the IIS Application Pool button.

  4. Click on the Recycle button.

After a few seconds the page will reload and the Work Process will have been recycled (however no confirmation of this is displayed). At this point you can delete the directory.