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10 connection limit

By Blackcurrant ·

Is there any way that the 10 connection limit in XP Pro can be extended? We have a shared printer connected to a XP Pro machine but it can only accept 10 concurrent connections. The printer was originally moved off a Win98 machine and onto the XP because there were problems with the Win98 computer.

I know I can reduce the timeout before connections are dropped, but this does not help me. Does anyone know of a registry hack, or even third party software which can overcome this limit please?

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by JamesRL In reply to 10 connection limit

Get a print server.

You can get a simple box which can act as a dedicated print server. I'm not sure they have limits on the number of concurrent users, but they are generally less expensive than dedicated a computer.


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by Blackcurrant In reply to

Hi James Linn, thanks you for answering. Although a print server may solve the issue, it does not help me overcome the 10 connection limit. Thanks anyway

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by jrslyrics In reply to 10 connection limit

If you run IIS on Windows XP, and you test your applications with it, you will suffer from the maximum connection limit of 10 users sooner or later. It can be altered to 40, but that's a not so documented feature. Download MetaEdit from Microsoft, and change the inner-settings of IIS. The MaxConnections can be found under LM\W3SVC.


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by Blackcurrant In reply to

Thanks for answering.

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by Blackcurrant In reply to

Hi wcp, thanks for the links. I am very reluctant to use hacked files on a works computer as I do not want to risk invalidating the warranty. It may be useful to someone else though.

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by LukCAD In reply to 10 connection limit

Hi friend.
It is very simple task:
do next:
in run menu type next "gpedit.msc"
and start it. You will in Group policy editor console.
There you need open the next:
Computer configuration/Windows settings/Security settings/Local policies/Security Option
Then in rigth window select the variable:
Interactive logon: Number of previous logons to cache (in case domain controller is not available)


Setting this value to 0 disables the local caching of logon information.
The maximum value for this setting is 50.

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by Blackcurrant In reply to

Hi LukCAD, thanks for the information. This appears to have worked. I asked all the users to print to the shared printer and everyone could connect.

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