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Hello Everybody,
I've got a little problem with a small network here...

I've got a Windows Server 2003 (Web Edition) running a web-page, NOT domain Controller
then comes a Firewall wich secures the web-server from internal network and internet.
After that, in the internal network, there is a fileserver (domain controller) with enough licenses (10) installed...
But I always get a 'No more connections... Maximum reached' error one some Clients (never more than 10) if i want to connect to the webserver (fileshares) or re-mount fileshares...
The strange thing, sometimes i can use it through the ip address (e.g. \\external.ip\share) but not through the server-name (e.g. \\websrv01\share), and sometimes i can't use it at all...
I've rechecked the licenses-amount - they should be fine (currently only 5-7 licenses needed frequently)
- tried to deactivate license logging on webserver and fileserver -> didn't work

I have also already called the firewall ISP (externally hosted) if there were any blocked packets - but there were none, so i can't imagine a blocked service...

Any ideas?
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by:What90
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Sounds like you run out of CAL licences for the web server. Have you set the server up as per seat or per server?
I'm guess that it per server.
You can check on the licence Manager MMC.
If it is then the server isn't dropping the connections fast enough for your needs.

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by:kauf
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I Think I found the problem - it's elsewhere.
I'm using my account on 3 Workstations - sometimes 4 - it seems like maximum connections (active) per user can be 3, could that be it?

The Webserver is not the DC and on the DC are enough licenses bought (10)
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When you set up a server it give you the choice of what licence agreement type you want to use. From what i can make off of the Ms web site, the connection license limit is dervied from the Domain Controller 10 pack you have, this also takes in to account your web server edition if you are connecting directly to it (mapping a drive)

So if 10 active connections to both the web server and dc are being used, then any further connection to either the DC or the web serrver would be refused.

If you were simply web browsing the web site on the server, then no licenses are used up.

Please Note:
I'm not sure that true, but for what i can make out on the limited info on the Ms site, the only reason your having problems, license-wise

I'd asked your Ms resller and see if the have a licensing specialist who understands the marketting madness.

Here's what i found:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/howtobuy/licensing/caloverview.mspx
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by:kauf
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The complete licensing is done from the DC wich is a fileserver (not the webserver) and runs an older NT 4.0 and is set up to per server...
I figured that it works if i re-logon on the same computer with a different user, so I think it's a problem with multiple sessions on one user...is there any setting for this?

I will contact the MS Reseller today if he can lookup the problem - let's see what he has to say :-).
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by:Netman66
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2003 Web server OS can only accept 10 concurrent connections - just like the client OS.  It's only designed to be used for Web Services which require no CALs.

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Ta for the Netman66 - I couldn't for the life of me find the product statement on connections. Makes sense though.
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Hmpf, now that clears up some things :-)..
Possibly some shares were mounted used up more than one connection... will have to put those things on the other server...

Thanks for helping guys!
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