Sharing in wondows XP Pro - Max. 10 Users???

Posted on 2004-08-10
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
Hello Experts

I am using Win XP Pro as a server to which a total of 12 other machines connect to for documents stored on the 'server'.

However once i have 10 computers logged on any attempts by the remaining two computers to connect seem to be blocked by XP.

Is there any way around this problem / limitation or do i need to get windows server 2003?

If i get Windows server 2003 - what should i install it as: a file server? Do you know of any guide / website to installing / administering windows server 2003 so that i can read up on it?

Any help in this matter would be much appreciated.


Question by:BAFP

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ID: 11762792
This is a limitation of non server versions of Windows.
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by:Luc Franken
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There is a workaround that might work for you:

Inbound Connections Limit in Windows XP;en-us;314882

You can configure the AutoDisconnect time by running the following command from a command prompt:
net config server /autodisconnect:time_before_autodisconnect

Specify the time in minutes.

But the best way will be to upgrade to a real server, wich is way more flexible.



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ID: 11762987
Thanks LucF.

If i were to install Windows Server 2003 is there any site i can refer to with regards to using windows 2003 server? (for things like: setting up shares, security, what antivirus programs i can use, what firewalls i can use, etc...)

I have never used a server operating system so any guide would be helpful.

Many thanks!
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Luc Franken earned 65 total points
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First of all I'd like to say that you shouldn't see server versions of windows as a completely different operating system. In basic it works the same as win2k/XP, it just has some extra's. If you're not planning on going for a domain, you can even consider it to be exactly the same.
If you're planning on going for a domain, you'll have some differences, you'll have to install the Active directory on the server (way to big to just explain what this is... if you want this, I highly suggest you to get yourself a book on this issue)

Ok, for the points you asked:
>shares< Exactly the same as with other versions of windows, the main difference is that you'll really have to take a look at the permissions you're giving on each.
>security< See shares :o) And of course, firewall and antivirus.
>antivirus< About any antivirus will do, just make sure it's a server version if you want the clients to be updated automatically. Personally I have E-trust antivirus and it suits me great.
>firewall< If connected to the internet, don't be cheap on this, the best solution is of course a hardware firewall together with a software firewall.

And last but not least: make sure to keep windows up-to-date!


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ID: 11764164
If you can't get XP to do what you want, Windows 2000 server would work for you, also, instead of 2003.  Should be a LOT cheaper, too!

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Thanks a lot for all you help.

Do you know what sort of book / ebook i should buy?
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by:Luc Franken
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If you're completely clueless about Active Directory and such, your best bet will be something like "Windows Server 2003 for Dummies", which I gave a friend some time ago, and he told me that he learned a lot from it, and that it was not as kiddy as he thought at first.
In case you're interested, you can get it from

If you want something that goes more into detail, something like "Mastering Active Directory for Windows Server 2003" will do fine =>

And in case you really want to know all about it and all possibilities, you'll have to think about MCSE, but at this moment I think that's not needed in any way.

Anyway, glad to help,


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