How can I increase the number of connections to a remote computer in Windows XP?
Posted on 2012-03-27
I do a little bit of IT support in a school. The have a large network of PCs all running Windows XP Professional.
Some departments have added an external USB hard drive to a "host" PC, made it shareable and want other PCs in the department to access it (perhaps 20 or 30 other PCs in some departments).
What I'm finding is that a "startup batch file" that does the drive mapping at logon sometimes works and sometimes doesn't.
I have managed to trap the error message :
"No more connections can be made to the remote computer at this time because there are already as many connections as the computer can accept."
When I look at the "Sharing" properties of the Iomega drive on the "host" PC and change the "User Limit" from "Maximum allowed" to "Allow this number of users", I cannot set the number of users above 10.
I am assuming this is what is causing the intermittent drive-mapping problem on the other PCs. Early logons achieve the drive mapping, later logons fail.
Is there another "behind-the-scenes" XP setting on the host PC that will allow more than 10 users to access its shared drive?