Can I connect my computers to my Windows 7 server?

Gloria December 13, 2011

Our server is Windows 7. We have 3 PCs with Windows 7 and 6 others with XP Pro. We keep getting the error message: “No more connections can be made to this remote computer at this time because there are already as many connections as the computer can accept.” So is there anything we can do about it?

  1. pceasies
    December 13, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Keep in this that since Windows 7 is a desktop operating system Terminal Service Server (Remote Desktop Connection) will only accept 1-2 connections at a time. Only a true server operating system will allow more to connect (Windows Server 2008) for example.

  2. Mike
    December 13, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Windows 7 is limited to 20 concurrent inbound connections which includes file sharing, printer sharing, etc... Another important point is that if you have 2 different shares connected you are using 2 connections!

    The best option to view the number of connections is to open up the Computer Management (rightclick Computer and select "Manage") and navigate to "System > Shared Folders > Shares".

  3. Anonymous
    December 13, 2011 at 3:40 am

    check Control Panel -> Licensing? perhaps you have to change to 'Per device or Per user'

    The IPSec policy may also caused this problem. You can download Microsoft IPsec Diagnostic Tool to check for existing IPSec policy. If there's any existing IPSec policy, please remove it.

    How To: Use IPSec for Filtering Ports and Authentication

    Check this registry key to see if the Server service has been configured for a limit for users
    It is a hex value that will correspond to the user limit configured.

    also check that you have set the server to Per Seat licensing mode instead of Per Server
    check the value of deployment share folder connection limit:
    1. Right click your Deployment Share folder and choose properties.
    2. In Sharing tab, click "Advanced Sharing".
    3. In the "Limit the number of simultaneous user to" section, set the value to 999.
    4. Click permission button, make sure "Everyone" has full control.

    May be you can use TFS Power Tools 2010 to analyze?
    Start>> All Programs>>Microsoft TFS Power Tools 2010>> Best Practices Analyzer to scan the TFS installation and configuration.