How to check access to Shared Resources (note XP is limited to 10 simultaneous Connections)

by Johannes Helmig [Published on 21 Dec. 2001 / Last Updated on 21 Dec. 2001]

Once you have shared a resource (a disk or folder or printer) in Windows XP Professional or
Windows XP Home, you can check the access to these resources via the network:

select in the Control-panel : "Administrative Tools" :


Management of Shared Folders is part of "Computer Management" :

Select in the left Tree-View Window under "System Tools" : "Shared Folders":

Under "Shares", you get the display of all shared resources, either defined by a user or
the invisible System Shares (names with the "$"-sign at the end ) :


Under "Sessions", you get a list of Users (and the name of their computers), which are
currently connected via the network to your system :

To terminate a session ( to disconnect a user), right-click on a user and select
to "Close Session"
If you right-click in the list-windows BUT NOT on any user, you get a different
pop-up menu allowing to "Disconnect All Sessions"


Under "Open Files" you get a list of all folders and files in use via a network user :

To close a file, right-click on the file and select to "Close Open File".

When you are using your Windows XP system as a File-server of a network of system,
how many systems can connect (use a shared resource ) at the same time to a Windows XP-system ?

-Windows XP Professional : 10 simultaneous file-sharing connections
( same limitation as in Windows NT4 workstation and Windows 2000 Professional )
-Windows XP Home Edition : 5 simultaneous file-sharing connections
( Windows 95,98, ME do not have a known limit of simultaneous file-sharing connections )

Source of this information :
Microsoft Windows XP Professional Resource Kit Documentation
Appendix G: Differences between Windows XP Home Edition, page 1539

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The Author — Johannes Helmig

Dr.Johannes Helmig is working as Director, Technical Knowledge Management in the Belgium office of Gerber Technology where he is involved in Customer Service and internal training, with special interest in Networking.

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