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Sharing a printer to more than 10 clients

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I know there was a limitation in NT Workstation that didn't allow more than ten users to share a printer from an NTW machine. This seems to have carried over to XP Pro. Why? This is ridiculous! There has to be some way around it! We have one lab in particular where all the machines are running XP /except/ the one with the printer. We had to install 98 so all the other PCs could print! Has anyone messed with this? Is there a way around it?
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by:smallbee
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get a print server for ur printer...
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by:ignavia
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Not the answer I was looking for...

I there a way to circumvent the 10-user limit in XP?
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by:smallbee
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well... I only heard there is user limits on sharing folders, but i never heard that there is a user limit on using the printer

currently i have more than 10 user in our LAN, all using one printer

but for ur own good, no need to let the "Print Server" on 24 hours, just use a printer server or get a (SMC, D-link)4-port router with printer port and use a hub to extend the ports.

save time, flexible, and not much to manage...
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by:ignavia
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Not the answer I was looking for...

I there a way to circumvent the 10-user limit in XP?
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by:ignavia
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I swear, I did not post that message twice...

I dunno what happened.

And yeah, if it were me, I'd get a JetDirect board or something, but it's not my decision.
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by:ignavia
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Oh, and as to wondering if the 10-user limit affects printing,

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinNT/Q_20036774.html
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by:smallbee
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dude

if u have an NT server, problem is fixed;

if not get a router($50-70)

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?sku=U13-4008

or printer server($60-100)

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Category/category_slc.asp?Id=1609

ask ur decision maker/boss where or not to spend this few cents ...
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by:ignavia
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Oh, and as to wondering if the 10-user limit affects printing,

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinNT/Q_20036774.html
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by:ignavia
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I really would like to know one way or another whether you can have more than 10 users printing to an XP machine. If not, then those print servers seem like a good idea and I'll bring it up to my boss.
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by:ignavia
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I really would like to know one way or another whether you can have more than 10 users printing to an XP machine. If not, then those print servers seem like a good idea and I'll bring it up to my boss.
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by:AfroNinja
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Go with the separate print server.  the Microsoft License dictates that only 10 connections may be made to an XP Pro machine at one time.  If your boss wishes to circumvent that limit, he'd be breaking his agreement with Microsoft, and could really run into trouble (if they come after him).

There probably are ways to circumvent it, but in a business environment, it's not so wise.
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