Windows 7 Home as a server

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I am running windows 7 home as a file server.  The issue is that we have 10 computers and I think there is a limit to the number of connections you can have.  If everyone is there we start getting event id 2019 and 2017.  I removed all unneccesary mapped drives in hopes to cue the problem.   Is there a version of windows 7 that will support more than 10 connections?  
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DonNetwork Administrator
Commented:
The limit in windows 7 is 20 concurrent connections.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
Windows Home is not a good platform to be a server (Home is a poor platform for anything but single use stand-alone computing). XP Pro was limited to 10 and I think Windows 7 is still limited (I tried to check my own Windows 7 Pro machine but did not see anything).

If what you want is pure file serving, consider instead Networked-attached file storage. People could then connect to that. You can also use a print server for your printers to remove them from any particular computers. ... Thinkpads_User
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If you're reaching a 10 connection limit, it's time for a real server.  Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation Edition is inexpensive and handles up to 15 users (if you don't expect to grow much) otherwise, you should consider Microsoft Small Business Server 2008 as once it's setup, it's easy to manage and administrate.
Depending on the requirements of your workstations, you could install a Linux based OS like Ubuntu or Fedora to manage and store your data. The hardware could be similar to the home system, but the OS price is right... and you can still secure the information.

Stay away from home for a server..  BAD idea
Top Expert 2010
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Windows 7 Home does not support Windows Server domain joining.
If all machines are W7 (at least one must be Home Premium) then the Homegroup will act as server.
One machine will setup the homegroup (Home Premium) and others will join
Limit is 20 connections.

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We have these set up as a workgroup and not a domain as the other machines will not have the options of joining domains since most are XP Home.  One is Windows 7 Home and the file server is Windows 7 Home.  Of the 20 connections, what counts as a connection?  I know mapped drives have to be.  There are like 7 computers and some have 2 drives mapped to the server because of the programs needed.  
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Any computer, any additional drive letter, any printer and any other like device counts as a connection (which is why you can reduce connections by using a print server).
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Not really sure what you're trying to do as you've not really given many specs.
Judging by the comments you're running off the shelf systems, so to speak,
and that's perfectly fine, especially due to budget constraints. A reality these days.
if that's the case, why not use an NAS such as one from buffalo or similar that also gives you access to it over the net.

http://www.buffalotech.com/ 
Very good answers guys.  Thanks!  

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