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How to increase the Maximum number of connections to a remote computer?

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I have a lab of new Vista (Business) machines.  I'm sharing a printer that's connected locally on one of the (Vista) PCs.  The machines are all in the same workgroup.  In order to avoid any issues of not being able to "see" the remote printer, I have a script that runs at login on each machine, creating a mapped drive to a share on the machine that has the printer.
On only a few machines, I'm getting the following error when I try to map the drive:
No more connections can be made to this remote computer at this time because there are already as many connections as the computer can accept.
What is causing this error and how can I increase that limit?
Thanks
(The entire error message is copied below)

>>>>> Start of Error message copied from the CMD window<<<<<
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6000]
Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

D:\>net use u: \\d003\downloads /user:teacher 2008
System error 71 has occurred.

No more connections can be made to this remote computer at this time because the
re are already as many connections as the computer can accept.
>>>>> End of Error message copied from the CMD window<<<<<
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by:jsimonuchc
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Try turning off "License Logging" in the services on the machine that has the printer.
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by:Dwight Baer
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There is no "License Logging" service on the machine that has the printer.  Attached please see a Word document containing a series of snap-shots of all the running services.
Services-on-Printer-server.doc
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Rob Williams earned 500 total points
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Windows 2000, XPpro, and Vista Business/ultimate/enterprise all have a 10 connection limit. XPhome, and Vista home have a 5 connection limit. It is also possible for one PC to create/use up more than one connection if connecting to a printer and a share with different credentials. This limit cannot be increased. There are 2 options; buy a hardware print server to which you connect and share the printer, or buy server software such as Server 2003/2008
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Thanks!
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by:Rob Williams
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Thanks dwightbaer04. Good luck with it.
Cheers !
--Rob
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