What is the Maximum amount of user's allowed to connect to a Winodows folder that is shared?

Posted on 2005-03-02
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What is the maximum shared user amount allowed on a Share in Windows 2003?
Question by:itsmevic
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by:Lee W, MVP
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4 million or so is the maximum that can connect, assuming the clients are all licensed.
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by:Nirmal Sharma
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>>> 4 million or so is the maximum that can connect
How can you say that ? This is limit for objects created in one domain and is tested by Microsoft.

What is your exact requirement ?

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by:Lee W, MVP
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The theoretical limit of connections allowed to a share is 4 million or so.
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Lee W, MVP earned 2000 total points
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The author isn't terribly clear - I took the question to mean how many users can connect to a share - the answer is 4,294,967,295 (so I WAS wrong - it's 4 BILLION or so).  This is clear when you look at the data part of a share in the registry under:

Obviously, there are limits you'll hit way before that, but WINDOWS itself can in THEORY handle that many connections.
MaxUses = Specifies the maximum number of workstations that can be simultaneously connected to the file server. The upper limit is unlimited (0xffffffff). The practical limits are based on the server hardware and network media.

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