Can linux solve this windows problem?

From: Dave Hall <linux_at_no.spam.please>
Date: Wed Sep 24 2003 - 10:36:01 CST

On Wed, Sep 24, 2003 at 09:59:37AM -0600, Les Klassen Hamm wrote:
> Now they keep getting error messages to the effect "too many network
> connections". Can someone tell me if this is an issue with the XP pro server
> (in which case their choice moves to either buying more/other MS product or
> trying a linux solution) or if it lies in their choice of XP home (in which
> case, they just got bad advice and will need to shell out more cash).

They probably have too many client machines connecting to the CP Pro box.
Undoubtedly, MS limits the number of concurrent client connections to
prevent this exact scenario. The possible solutions are (in descending
order by price):
1) Upgrade the "server" to either W2K Server or Win 2003 Server with
sufficient client licenses.

2) Buy a NetApp (this may be more expensive than #1)

3) Buy a third party NFS server and clients.

4) Upgrade to SCO UNIX and run their commercial SMB/CIFS server.

5) Find third party SMB/CIFS server (software) ... if anyone still sells
this sort of thing.

6) Upgrade to a UNIX-like OS from people without psychological problems (in
other words, anything but SCO or HPUX :) and run Samba.

> They say that if they reboot the fileserver and the network switch once a day,
> they don't get the error.

I'm pretty sure it's MS enforcing their licensing. Rebooting probably clears
the list of active clients. I'd bet right after rebooting if everyone tried
to connect at once they'd experience the same problem.

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