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How can I increase the 10-user limit to network shares?

When I recently added several systems to a client's network I was unaware of the 10-user limit to network shares. This caused a big headache as my software needs multiple client connections to a share on a W2K Pro system. I know I should have used W2K server but is there a way around this now that all the hardware/software is on the site?

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There's a partial workaround, but it may not work 100% of the time: You can change how long Windows 2000 waits before it considers a connection idle and disconnects it, which may allow more clients to access the system so long as they don't all attempt to do so at once.

To do this, use the net command: net config server /autodisconnect: [timeout], where [timeout] is a value in minutes. If you set it to 0, the disconnect happens in a matter of seconds, which may help alleviate the problem to a high degree although not solve it. You can also edit the Registry directly to affect this. In HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters, create or edit the DWORD AutoDisconnect and set it to the value in minutes to use. If you set it to 0, again, the disconnect will take place in a few seconds.

Using a value of -1 for either of these will cause client connections to persist indefinitely.

This was first published in May 2005

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