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By EdLockett ·
New windows small business server 2003 domain.
There are 25 CALs on the server. In 'licensing' within server management it says maximum license usage is 21. However when I try to browse the domain from an XP workstation I receive the message 'No more connections can be made to this remote computer at this time because there are already as many connections as the computer can accept'.
Any suggestions?

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Max connections limit

check this out
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 824196
support.microsoft.com

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by EdLockett In reply to

Thanks. I tried disabling the License Logging Service, this had no effect.
Am using per-seat licensing mode. Am pretty sure that the message is spurious - we definitely have more CALs than computers.

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by EdLockett In reply to Max connections limit

It is also worth mentioning that the computer on which this ocurrs already has an active session of the server. I am logged onto the domain and can open files on server, access all computers on network, print, use administrative tools, etc, etc, but cannot browse the domain, except sometimes first thing in the morning.

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by CG IT In reply to Max connections limit

I would venture to say it's an anomoly if the computer is logging on to the SBS 20003 domain and the domain has 25 CALS and all CALS are not in use provided that SBS 2003 is the only server in the domain.
From Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/server/howtobuy/pricing/types.asp

Per Seat mode vs. Per Server mode for Client Access License (CAL) licensing
Per Seat mode Best where workstations frequently connect to multiple servers within your organization.
Can be applied to Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Advanced Server, and Windows 2000 Datacenter Server.
Example: 100 workstations regularly connect to a Windows 2000 Server. Purchase 100 CALs.

Per Server mode Best where workstations infrequently connect to specific servers.
You may switch from Per Server to Per Seat mode once.
Can be applied to Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Advanced Server, and Windows 2000 Datacenter Server.
Example: 300 workstations sporadically connect to 5 servers, with no more than 20 connections to any one server at a time. Purchase 100 CALs.

now if you are running W2K Pro workstations and the problem is with connecting to a W2K machine, they can only have 10 concurrent connections. its a built in limitation so they aren't used as servers except in a very small environment like a workgroup.

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by EdLockett In reply to

Thanks for the info. Yes there is only one server. In per-server licensing mode with 25CALs and 22 client machines. The message is received when trying to browse the DOMAIN. Which is why it doesn't make any sense!

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by CG IT In reply to Max connections limit

I would venture to say it's an anomoly if the computer is logging on to the SBS 20003 domain and the domain has 25 CALS and all CALS are not in use provided that SBS 2003 is the only server in the domain.
From Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/server/howtobuy/pricing/types.asp

Per Seat mode vs. Per Server mode for Client Access License (CAL) licensing
Per Seat mode Best where workstations frequently connect to multiple servers within your organization.
Can be applied to Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Advanced Server, and Windows 2000 Datacenter Server.
Example: 100 workstations regularly connect to a Windows 2000 Server. Purchase 100 CALs.

Per Server mode Best where workstations infrequently connect to specific servers.
You may switch from Per Server to Per Seat mode once.
Can be applied to Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Advanced Server, and Windows 2000 Datacenter Server.
Example: 300 workstations sporadically connect to 5 servers, with no more than 20 connections to any one server at a time. Purchase 100 CALs.

now if you are running W2K Pro workstations and the problem is with connecting to a W2K machine, they can only have 10 concurrent connections. its a built in limitation so they aren't used as servers except in a very small environment like a workgroup.

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