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By pjsinclair ·
We are running a small network of about 20 PC?s all running Windows 2000. We have 1 Windows XP Professional computer which we are using as a sort of File server .
The problem I have is with mapping drives to the XP computer it seems to only allow a certain number of connections ( max 10 I believe) then it won?t allow any more connections to it at all.
I have set the XP computer to drop unused connections after 5 mins but this is still causing us a lot of problems.
I have also read that to get round this problem all you do is create a short cut to the file you want but on our system if the total number of connections to the XP computer are all being used its not possible to create the short cut as the computer will not allow you to even open the folder were the file is located .
Any help on this would be greatly accepted.
Regards
Pete

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by adrianoxx In reply to Mapped Drives

Hi Pete,

Win XP Pro has a per seat license limitation of 10 concurrent users. When you map a drive to a shared folder on an XP pro machine you are basically creating a session which takes up one of your connections. Even if you drop an unused connection after a while your pc with the mapped drive will try and reconnect creating another session.

I would try to remove all maps to all folders on all your pcs and try to use short-cuts to your files. This might be a temporary solution, since sessions will be opened on a need-to-access basis and your drop unused connections restriction would work better. However users working on a file may find themselves not being able to save their changes because their connection was dropped and the max user limitation will not let them connect. This could be frustrating, because they will either disconnect some one and try again or save on their local disk and replace the file on the server later.

However I gather from you post that your usage may be frequently exceding 10 concurrent users and in that case your company should really look into purchasing a server verison of Windows or even installing a linux release to share your files. This would also let you have more control on how your users use your file share and give you more contol in general.

Hope this helps
Regards
Adriano

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by jschein In reply to Mapped Drives

XP / 2K pro will only allow 10 connections into each system. Hence microsoft's big sale of the SERVER Edition... Small Business, 2000 Server, 2000 Advanced Server, 2003 Server,.... Any of which will allow as many connections as you want.

If you are hosting a file server and it is for more than 12-15 pc's, general rule is, suck it up and buy a server.

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