Can You Share Files &/or Printers Through Multiple Workgroups on same LAN?


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Kevin.Gilnack

I manage an office with multiple organizations on one Workgroup that
all share one printer.

Two of our orgnizations share files off a computer that acts as a
"server" for our shared documents. Most of the computers, including
the "server" are operating on Windows XP Home Edition, and since we
took on more staff, those of us using those shared documents find that
at least one of us will get an error saying "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. "

Will putting the two organizations sharing the files on a seperate
workgroup help allievate this (do the computers that do NOT access
files on the "server," but that are on the workgroup count as
connections to the "server?"

If seperating workgroups will help, will we still be able to share a
printer?

Finally, does an upgade from XP Home to XP Professional require a
reformat; if I need to upgrade the "server" computer, can I do so
without losing all of our files?

Thanks so much for your help!
Kevin.
 
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GTS

Making 2 workgroups will not affect the 5 connection limit in XP HOME, nor
will it preclude sharing a printer. The Workgroup has very little
significance. It simply causes network resources to be visibly grouped for
network browsing purposes.

Upgrading from XP HOME to PRO (which allows 10 concurrent connections) does
not require reformatting or losing your files. It is always advisable to do
a precautionary backup in any case.
 
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David H. Lipman

From: "GTS" <x>

| Making 2 workgroups will not affect the 5 connection limit in XP HOME, nor
| will it preclude sharing a printer. The Workgroup has very little
| significance. It simply causes network resources to be visibly grouped for
| network browsing purposes.
|
| Upgrading from XP HOME to PRO (which allows 10 concurrent connections) does
| not require reformatting or losing your files. It is always advisable to do
| a precautionary backup in any case.
|

Top add to that, using a print server such as a HP JetDirect means EVERYONE can share the
printer without limitation (OS imposed) and does not require the computer to be "on" to
share that printer.
 

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