Chooser Limitations

When viewing shares (Other Hard disk volumes, you get the idea - I'm from a PC environment) is there any limitation on the number of volumes visible in chooser?  If I have an NT server with 100, 200, 300, 400 mac volumes, will Mac clients have problems accessing them?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorAsked:
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First off....what do you need 400 mac shared volumes for?..heh

Second: no they shouldnt have any problems seeing that many shared volumes. The only limitation with some older OS versions was the size of the shared volume. If the volume was 8 GB the mac would only see 2GB...They could write to all 8GB but the size wouldnt register in the size bar.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorAuthor Commented:
I'm rejecting this for the moment to give others a chance to verify your answer.

Basically, I have an NT server with - at one point 267 mac volumes.  After we exceeded 255, we no longer saw the first 255.  After we removed 17 from users who generally do not use macs, the remaining volumes appeared again.   This COULD be an NT problem... or it could be a mac problem.  I'm hesitant to accept the answer outright because I could find no reports of the NT side being limited to 255 volumes.  I admit, at this point the only answer I will outright accept is one with a URL pointing to information from a reputable souce saying yes there is a limit, here it is, or no there isn't, or it's an NT thing.

I manage an NT network for 550 users and even though it's a mixed environment with about 200 generally mac users and about 350 generally PC users, we do have "public" machines and therefore each user's home directory must be shared in a mac volume even if they use it once a year.  

If no one else can provide definitive evidence otherwise or we can confirm from other internal sources that your answer is correct I'll accept it.
I did some digging and came up with some interesting bits. Aparrently the AppleTalk limit for a mac server is 250 without AppleShare IP. I would assume this is the same for a mac client. BUT 250 is NOT the limit for Fileshare over TCP/IP which is also an option under the current OS 9 as well as 8.5. So your option is to either move the whole thing to TCP/IP which would make sense and be faster or have part of the network use AppleTalk and the others use TCP/IP. Its tucked away inconspicuously at

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Don't know the exact answer for you, but the #255 steers me to look in the TCP/IP configuration.
Have you reached the limit on that subnet and need to move on to a diff #?
Food for thought.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorAuthor Commented:
I believe I have found my answer - it seems Microsoft has a built in limitation in WinNT and Win2K that allows for 255 simulataneous connections (that's the way the wording puts it).  While they don't explicitly mention that the Mac Volumes are what they consider the connections, it is close enough to what I'm experiencing, that I believe it is the problem.
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