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shared drive on XP  has reach to the maximum number of connections

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Hello Experts,

I have a drive mapped to XP machine which has a sharing access to all the rest of us. It was working OK, however, now I am getting
an error on one of the Users PC that "the number of active connections limit has exceeded." I have to disconnect from one of the other PC to allow the first user to get access.

Please can someone advise how to go around with this problem?

Regards
Kay
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There is a 10 concurrent connection limit - there is no way to imcrease this other than buying a server.
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hello:

    I believe that you may have user limits set up on the disk properties sharing tab. Go to my computer, right click on the drive letter, then go to the sharing tab. Is a user limit set? If so check on "maximum users".


Good Luck
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restart the computer with the share if the problem presists
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keep in mind that its 10 concurrenet sessions - a user may have more than 1 session open... oh and BTYW if its XP home its only 5 concurrent sessions - 10 on XP Pro
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by:learningnet
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thanks for your info folks !

yes you are right the maximum concurrent sessions allowed on XP pro is 10, i think we better off installing win 2003 as a file sharing server?

will you recommend me do that?

thanks for your help
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yes,
in the setup select per server connections and set it to 100 or more
you will run into it

there is a spesial eddition of windows server for file sharing its faster and cheaper

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by:KCTS
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... or Samba server - which is free and adiquate if all you want is file sharing - but a bit trickier to set up
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by:learningnet
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hello,
thanks for your feedback
i really have very limited knowledge of networking, i only have managed to installed XP, added 2X650GB hard drive and shared it on the
network, there were only upto 8 PCs who was using this shared drive, however its not the case anymore. we have another 5 PCs added which
would want to use this XP shared drive.

i am not sure whether it is easy to install win 2003 on the existing domain.

i already have win 2003 as a server installed on network which i am sure i cannot use it for this purpose. i definitely would need
a need a separate machine(server).

please advise?

would you want me to open a new question for this?
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If you already have a DC on a domain then the most obvious solution would be to create a share on the DC and use that.

If this is not an option then you will need to purchase a new server and add that to the domain and share the folder from the new server.
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