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I'm trying to enable web publishing on a Filemaker 9 installation. We're using the main two server role. This server was previously attached to another dead web publishing server. Now whenever I attempt to connect I receive an error code 956, maximum connection attempts exceeded. There are no other outstanding connections. How can I resolve this?
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I found this which might be of help:
http://www.briandunning.com/errors/227 specifically:

When using a dual machine deployment, this error is a catch-all for connectivity problems between the worker machine and the master machine.

There are two main areas to check:

1) Verify that the necessary ports are open on both machines and the firewall. FMS9 ports and their uses are listed in the FileMaker Knowledge Base (Issue #6427).

2) Each machine must have a domain name, an ip address is not enough. Even a local domain name will suffice. Make sure that the worker machine is able to reference the master machine by its domain name and vice versa.
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challengeday, I ran across that document earlier.

The two FileMaker servers both reside on the same subnet without a firewall between. The windows firewall is disabled on both machines. I have verified that both machines can ping by domain name (short and fully qualified) to the other.
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Can you telnet on the necessary ports?
http://help.filemaker.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/6427/

Also, have you checked the number of licenses?
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challengeday, I managed to set up a single server configuration based on the page you suggested. It isn't ideal but it'll get me through the debugging process. Thanks for your help.
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