By default, Windows 2000 Professional is limited to no more than 10 concurrent connections. Anyone trying to connect after the maximum number of connections is reached receives an error message, and the connection is refused. In some situations, you might want to further restrict the number of concurrent connections, whether for performance or security reasons.
For example, assume that when more than a few users connect to a database or application on your computer, performance drops noticeably. Restricting access can help reduce the impact of those connections on your system's performance.
Here's how you can restrict connections on a share-by-share basis:
- Right-click the folder you want to restrict and choose Sharing.
- If the folder isn't shared yet, click Share This Folder and specify the Share name.
- To limit the number of connections to fewer than 10, click the Allow option.
- Use the Associated Spin control to specify the maximum number of connections.
If you later want to increase the number of allowed connections to the maximum, open the Sharing Properties page again and click Maximum Allowed.
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