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Peer to Peer Networking Problem

By Creay ·
I have a site running a peer to peer xp network.
Originally they had 5 pc's and no network problems. Now they have 15 and are having connection problems, due to xp's limitation of 10 concurrent connections. Is there any way around this problem other than buying MS small business server software and having a dedicated server. They are running a tight budget and the software is a bit expensive. Any solutions?

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to Peer to Peer Networking P ...

Is this for file sharing? If its just file sharing, then getting an Enterprise version of Linux and use SMB for file sharing w/o the expense of using Windows Server.

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by Blackcurrant In reply to Peer to Peer Networking P ...


Look at this here:

It explains the situation and the end of the post gives a link to a possible solution.

It's either that, or split data between 2 or more PC's.

Good luck

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by Blackcurrant In reply to


In your message you say:

"... I had thought of setting up two machines with the data split, would that however mean I have to have two different workgroups linked together or just stay on one. The applications which are custom written require two drives to be mapped to the main machine so they can pull data from one another. If I seperate the two applications on 2 machines would I not still have the same problem, since I have to map drives to each main machine. I assume I would still have 15+ connections to the two "servers". Let me know what you think.

Thanks ..."

I think that as it is unlikely that you can can have two copies of the same application running in different locations, you will either have to see if the 'hack' works, or take the plunge and get your company to buy a standard edition server with the appropriate number of licenses. Or, if funds are tight, then go with the Linux solution that has been suggested.

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by XT John In reply to Peer to Peer Networking P ...

One of the issues that arises in a large peer to peer network is related to the Master Browser. When a client machine is elected to be the Master Browser, and it is offline, hte other clients can become confused; and you'll notice printer shares are lost, network shares missing, etc. One workaround is to force a machine,one that is left on the most, to be the master browser.
A server would be a better long range choice, even one running Windows 2000, or setting up a Linux server would be a help.

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by Creay In reply to Peer to Peer Networking P ...

Thanks for responses so far. Which linux version should I try if I decide to go that route? Fedora,suze....Have not got much experience with linux. Unfortunately where I am not many people use linux or have exposure to it. Will applications written for windows work on linux? Sorry if I am asking stupid questions but I have no knowledge of linux.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Peer to Peer Networking P ...

There are many possible Linux Variations and none of them are like Windows so they would require a learning curve to get going. The best would be the more powerful and harder to learn easily so you would have a problem there.

If you want to keep the Peer to Peer you can use a Ubuntu machine as the main Gateway to the Internet and as both a File Server and Mail Server as this is easy to setup and maintain. Once you get familiar with this system you may consider moving to the full Debian install which can be used either as a Workstation or Server.

Ubuntu is here

Ubuntu Server is here

And Debian is here you can chose how you wish to install this one and use either a Workstation or Server Configuration but it's not an First Time Option


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