Photoshop: Could not save "{filename}" because write access was not granted | PS 20 on Mojave

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Software: Photoshop 20
Operating System: OS X Mojave

Getting the following error message when attempting to save over an existing file on an SMB server:

Could not save "{filename}" because write access was not granted.

It is not a file permissions issue, as I have full Read & Write access for both the folder and PSD file.

In previous versions there were similar problems that could be solved by deselecting the file in Finder and attempting the save again, but that no longer works with the latest version of PS and OS X.

This sort of issue has been fixed in previous versions of Photoshop and it would be appreciated if it were fixed again for PS 20.
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Joel King

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Posted 9 months ago

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David Converse

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Things have gotten better but working off an SMB server is still a problem and still not recommended. What server software are you using?
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Gary Crilley

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I have the exact same issue and have had for more than a year – several updates of both Photoshop and OSX later. I now have the very latest Mojave (10.14.4) and Photoshop (20.0.4) but it's still happening. This issue seems to go back at least 5 years, but none of the 'old' fixes work. I've even force-quit Finder, but I can't save a Photoshop file on the server. I used to be able to save over an older version, and thus run two versions of a file, but even that option no longer works. With 300mb files, have to save 8 or 10 versions and then go back and delete the old ones just doesn't cut it. 
And before anyone suggests that it's a SMB server issue and to change server permissions, I work in a company with 300 employees, all using the same server, and I have all the appropriate permissions. Plus, it only happens in Photoshop, nowhere else. This is a Photoshop problem. It has existed for over 5 years and continues to annoy professionals. To further irk users like me (who has been an Adobe user since 1991), Adobe has just raised the price of Creative Cloud!