No more connections allowed to remote computer

I'm trying to access a computer on our LAN using network neighbourhood and I get the following error: -

No more connections can be made to this remote computer at this time because there are already as many connections as the computer can accept.

We also use the computer as a print server with an HP5P connected to it, but when I try to setup a user to access the printer, it does not show up in the printer setup.

The computer giving the problem has windows 2000 professional installed.
shiloh4Asked:
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andyalderCommented:
After a user prints it takes 15 minutes to release the connection which is probably more of a problem than the 10 user limit since you can't print 10 things at once anyway. Reducing this to 1 minute by typing "net config server /autodisconnect: 1" will improve matters as long as nobody uses a file share on it.
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geoffrynCommented:
Windows 2000 Pro has a built-in limit of 10 connections.  How many clients do you have trying to print to this system?
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shiloh4Author Commented:
Well, the LAN has approx. 40 computers and servers, so the maximum could be in that region at any one time.
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shiloh4Author Commented:
Well, the LAN has approx. 40 computers and servers, so the maximum could be in that region at any one time.
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geoffrynCommented:
Only 10 can make a network connection to the Win2K pro box at any given time.  A number of things will cause these connections to remain persistent, mapped drives, open printer properties, etc.  You might want to consider using Win 2000 server to get around the connect limit.
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shiloh4Author Commented:
Well, the LAN has approx. 40 computers and servers, so the maximum could be in that region at any one time.
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shiloh4Author Commented:
Unfortunately, we do not plan to manage this printer from a Win2K server any time soon, neither do we plan to install Win2K on this particular computer.  

Are there no workarounds?
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geoffrynCommented:
I can't think of a good one.  You might consider buying an HP print server and setting your clients up to print LPR to it, that would bypass the connect limit, but may introduce other issues.
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omkCommented:
I use netgear print server, $100-$200, depends how many printer ports you need (up to 3 LPTs), this is from their side www.netgear.com:
NETGEAR's PS110 Fast printserver enables you to connect 2 printers to the network for sharing among multiple PC's. Compared to attaching a printer to your PC, the print server gives you more flexibility in placing the printer, more cost effectiveness, better performance, and simultaneous support for Windows, Netware, and UNIX printing.
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shiloh4Author Commented:
Is this a permanent command, or does it reset to 15 minutes when the PC is rebooted.
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andyalderCommented:
Permanent I think, you can verify by running it and rebooting then printing and looking at the workstation in server manager to see when the ipc$ connection dissapears. Not sure if the connection is released a minute after the job is submitted or after it is printed but you can verify this the same way.
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shiloh4Author Commented:
Is there a way to verify that the time has been set to one minute?
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