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Windows 2003 server Web edition 10 user limit

I've got a Windows 2003 server Web edition
The server is limited to 10 UNC connections (\\servername\share). This limitation is built to prevent people from using "Web Edition" as an inexpensive file server.

Is there any way around this? I've got about 55 Web developers all trying to access the data to update it constantly throughout the day and we keep running into this 10 user limit. I'm not trying to use it as a file server but might have to if I can't get around this?
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The 10 SMB connection limit is fundamental to web edition and if it were removable, you would be in breach of Microsoft Licencing. Sorry!
Axis52401Security AnalystAuthor Commented:
Can Windows 2003 server Web edition be upgraded to Windows 2003 standard? I'd pay for that if it would alleviate my connection problem and wouldn't require me having to completely reinstall and lose all my data.
Sorry, there isn't a supported upgrade path for Web Edition to R2.

The upgrade paths are shown here:


Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
I can only concur with what has already be said. Web Server edition is sold as a web server at a substantial saving over the cost of "standard" server, the 10 user (UNC) limit is to prevent you using it as a file server.
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