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    Hello,
    I have a XP Pro pc (teacher) that has a shared drive. All the student in the classroom have access to that drive but I just realized that I can only have up to 10 students who can access the teachers shared folder at the same time. I have a class of 20 students. Sometimes more. Is there anything I can do ?
    All machines are XP Pro SP3

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    Re: Folder sharing for more then 10 users

    You can install and configure a proper server OS. There's no legal way around the 10 user/session limit in Windows XP.

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    • #3
      Re: Folder sharing for more then 10 users

      Originally posted by joeqwerty View Post
      You can install and configure a proper server OS. There's no legal way around the 10 user/session limit in Windows XP.
      That is what I was afraid of. So the only way is to install like Server 2003 or even Windows 2000 server. There is no 3rd party software or anything that will allow me file sharing for more then 10 people.

      Thanks

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      • #4
        Re: Folder sharing for more then 10 users

        If there is it isn't legal.

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        • #5
          Re: Folder sharing for more then 10 users

          Originally posted by maxim42 View Post
          That is what I was afraid of. So the only way is to install like Server 2003 or even Windows 2000 server. There is no 3rd party software or anything that will allow me file sharing for more then 10 people.

          Thanks
          Not Server 2000. Well and truely end-of-life.
          even S2003 is almost EOL
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          • #6
            Re: Folder sharing for more then 10 users

            The new 2011 SBS essential, soon available for purchase, is very simple to manage and you can connect 25 users.

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            • #7
              Re: Folder sharing for more then 10 users

              SBS is massively over-powered for what he needs to do.
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              • #8
                Re: Folder sharing for more then 10 users

                I suggest using an application like dropbox

                or maybe google docs?

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                • #9
                  Re: Folder sharing for more then 10 users

                  Originally posted by Joachim View Post
                  I suggest using an application like dropbox

                  or maybe google docs?
                  dropbox would require the 20-or so users all repeatedly sending and receiving the same information over the wide area network - this would increase traffic, decrease responsiveness, and increase cost.
                  It's an option, but not a wise solution imo.

                  Of course, you could try and find a similar solution to dropbox that you could run within the network, but you'd still hit the same licensing issue.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Folder sharing for more then 10 users

                    Unbuntu Linux + Samba = Problem solved.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Folder sharing for more then 10 users

                      Originally posted by tehcamel View Post
                      SBS is massively over-powered for what he needs to do.

                      it's not over powered

                      I said SBS essential, it's a criped version of SBS, no exchange and stuf like that and it's cheaper than 2008r2 std

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                      • #12
                        Re: Folder sharing for more then 10 users

                        my bad.. I should stop studying for my MS exams, and study reading instead
                        sorry mate
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                          Re: Folder sharing for more then 10 users

                          SBS essential is all about simplicity, look at the screen I take of the share folder access right , can’t be more simple, but if you notice a the left , you have a shortcut to the AD administrative center, so the tools to manage are there too

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                          • #14
                            Re: Folder sharing for more then 10 users

                            Foundation Server perhaps?
                            Being an Educational institute you should be able to purchase any appropriate software from MS at a cheaper than retail price.
                            1 1 was a racehorse.
                            2 2 was 1 2.
                            1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
                            2 2 1 1 2

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                            • #15
                              Re: Folder sharing for more then 10 users

                              insomniac much ? :P
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