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DF Simmons

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Do Windows operating systems (XP and Vista esp.) limit the number of users on a network? One of my customers is having fits trying to access the printer from one of the PC's on the network. There are five PC's on the network, a shared printer, a Denon IPod dock pulling an IP address and providing access to media files on all computers running the latest Windows Media player, that's it I think. One PC designated as server (to which the printer is attached), several XP machines, two Vista machines. If there is a limit to the number of users on a Windows OS network, what is defined as a user? Is it defined by the number of machines that have file sharing enabled, for example? Or the number of users on the network in real time?

Difficulty with printer access is the first of the the vexing issues at this residence that I need to address. I have not recently made an exhaustive survery of each machine's network settings, hardware and software profiles. The users are an intelligent and curious bunch and are willing and able to monkey around with setup parameters (as in the file/print sharing settings) and create little problems for themselves.
I am not the network specialist in my company but I have a general knowledge of the issues and live 20 miles closer to this particular customer than Jim my networking tech, so I am working hard at improving my knowledge and skills in this area.

I am looking for general direction
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Neil Jones

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XP has a limit to the number of con-current network connections: Five for Home and ten for Professional:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314882
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There is a command that will disconnect Inbound Connections in a time frame you specify. The command is net config server /autodisconnect:time_before_autodisconnect You would set the autodisconnect time in minutes. The default is 15 minutes. This MS Article will explain the connections in more detail.

Edited by Gnomad1600, 23 January 2009 - 07:20 PM.

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