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How to change the Workgroup session timeout limit for shared folders

Jeffrey Coachman
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Last Modified: 2012-06-21
Hello to All!

I have a workgroup in W2k. On one machine I have a shared folder. Now, ten other users in the same workgroup access the shared folder. I know that 10 users (sessions?) is the max for work groups. If the 11th user tries to access the shared folder I get an error because 10 is the limit. I have to go into Computer Managament and end the sessions, so that the next 10 users can access the shared folder.

Can I set the Session Idle time to, let's say, 1 minute. So they are automatically kicked out?

The users are only accessing the shared folder to copy files, thats all.

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Try looking at http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=237282

One of things this mentions is force a logoff when concurrent connections are reached, which sounds like what you are looking for.

Jeffrey CoachmanMIS Liason
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Thanks,  zaphod_beeblebrox,

However, installing the CConnect.exe tool on every machine is not an option.

I move from client site to client site and I set up a workgroup to copy files from my laptop to the clients machines.

I was wondering if there was a way to dissconnect the session automatically after a certain period of time. Say, one minute after connection.

The CConnect.exe tool has the option of ending the session when the max number is reached, which is really what I need. But I won't have the luxury of installing this on every client's computer.
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Have a look here:
Inbound connections limit in Windows

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Jeffrey CoachmanMIS Liason
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Thanks, that was just what I was looking for!

BTW, I also found that there is also a registry key that controls this:

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