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We are using a XP Pro as a Server, with 7 other XP Pro PC connected, Untill last week, there was no problem. All of a sudden its not allowing some of the users to login the error message "maximum number of user reached" what are the things i need to check and verify thanks guys

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by:SunBow
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I thought limit was five, for Home, never ran server and may have neglected that part of license for my Pro, wasn't consideration.  Maybe, what do you mean by server? It should not be desktop browser, for example, and typical servers offer two accounts for "administrator".

Are you running shares, or what? Maybe two users are not both attached as administrators as they had been. Maybe someone is needlessly logged in to the server, which should run well enough without anyone logging in.  I am guessing you may be off just a one-count, and would only need to get everyone back on the habits they had a short time ago. Get it running well, and then proceed (again) to trying to make it better for all.

Try to not have everybody always attached to be superuser of everything all the time, get back to a better compartmentalization, people just accessing what they need to.
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by:SunBow
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For sharing folders, also recheck on the limit that has been set for those folders which are to be shared.

For users, they may not need to share all the time. Possibly they now map drives to shares forever, needed or not, maybe convenient but also wasteful, including of # drives available to map (which could hurt some future install)
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by:FMComputers
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XP Pro limit is 10, XP Home is 5 for open shares.
Be sure you have SP 2 loaded, that your shares have no maximums set in their individual properties, and then go looking for those "temporary" shares that people find the need to create that never go away when they're done.
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by:mikeleebrla
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rightclick on "my computer" and choose manage, then go to "shared folders" , then sessions. This will tell the the open sessions on the XP box.  Some users probably didn't log off cleanly while they were in a share so their session wasn't ended.  Thus counting against your 10 user max.
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by:FMComputers
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But when they logged back on, wouldn't the old share be cleared and the problem would go away?
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by:mikeleebrla
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nope,, they would have 2 connections, 1 old, 1 new.
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by:SunBow
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:(  connections needn't be so retained for the absent :(

You'd think with all the special uniqueness concerning IDs that the OS could figure out you are same person from one minute to the next.   I dunno this about XP per se, but with NT & 2K users could get cloned, something like a  eplanetsystems, then a  eplanetsystems~1, getting four or more users defined in filing system for networking where there was really only the one (user uses same ID, not the clones).  A something like that could affect connections counting, however, the unused should still have been collected, were the OS having a measure of reliability.
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the same user account can be logged in as many times as you have connection licenses for.  Ive worked in school systems  where students all used the same account.  So that one account was connected to the same share 100s of times in some instances.  If the student didn't log off cleanly then thier connection would say and show up in the open sessions section, thus taking a connection license.
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