Limit to num of shares?

James Sutherland jas88 at
Thu Jun 1 06:36:17 GMT 2000

On Thu, 1 Jun 2000, Mayers, P J wrote:

> Yes, they do. Try creating a network share, then mapping it from 11
> different NT clients. You'll get a nice message telling you you've exceeded
> your connection limit on the 11th client.

Ah! The limit, apparently, applies to TCP connections. (In fact, ISTR it
is 10 connections to different hosts in any 10 minute period.) They don't
enforce this one - if they did, the machine would be a bit broken for WWW
browsing etc. Just browsing round MS's own site would probably bring you
pretty close.

> This may just be SMB connections - I've never verified it. But it
> *certainly* exists and is enforced under NT4. I suspect the same applied to
> Win2K pro.

It's just SMB, IIRC. The restriction is supposed to apply to TCP as well,
but can't really be enforced without breaking the machine badly.

> And by the way - this really isn't the most appropriate forum to ask this
> question. It's only very tangentially related to Samba. Other questions
> (like tcpdump versions <ahem> ;o) have been even less so...

In this particular case, it's not too far off-topic; Ron is trying to set
up an NT4 box talking to a VOS/Samba box.

Incidentally, we have some NT servers here with a couple of hundred
shares - one per user, in fact - so there certainly isn't any real limit
on those.


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