Increasing 10 user limit

Microsoft Windows
Network management software
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Does anyone have an answer please. Running win2k pro. I have a share and need to increase the 10 user limit with out having to install server. Is there a registry edit that I can make? Any help would be grately appreciated. Thanks Sheldon

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There is no way to increase the physical number of users, however, 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.

You can do this by using 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.

Another way to do this is to edit the Windows Registry. Find the following key:


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.


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  • Poppaman2
    If you really need to maintain more than 10 concurrent connections to your Win2K Pro system, you really do need to install server software. To my knowledge, the registry hack that at one point "allowed" you to convert a "pro" installation into a "server" installation no longer works (since SP2 or 3, if I'm not mistaken, but don't quote me on that). If you require a server class OS but cannot afford to upgrade (see below), consider installing Linux... A quick Google search shows Windows 2000 Advanced Server available for as low as USD395.00 with a 25 CAL pack included, and (trust me) if all you need is server access without too much processing power required, lower end desktop hardware can easily be used (P4 1.8 w/512MB will work...)
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  • NinjaBurn
    Though the others have answered the question correctly, I would also note this limitation also exists with XP Pro, so an upgrade will not solve your issue either. I agree that finding a used copy of Win 2k Server on the cheap would be a good idea. Or, if this is simply going to be a file server and nothing more, Linux would be an excellent bet, since you can find multiple free or cheap versions online as well as step by step instructions on set up, which you can do even if you have never done an install of it before. Solaris from Sun is now free for instance.
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