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We have a scenario at work where a number of files are stored in one folder with subfolders by process on a G5 PowerMac that's running 10.5.8 (Leopard). File sharing is turned on for this folder because a number of people have to monitor the subfolders to see when a new file has been updated and they know they have to do something with it. Apparently, there's a limit to the number of connections allowed which is less than the number we need. Any ideas on how to get around this? Maybe have OS X Server running on the PowerMac? Being a G5 PPC processor, I'm not sure if that's even available. Help!

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Leopard, like Tiger and Panther, offers built-in support for AFP, FTP, and Samba.

 

Which method are you using, and which clients are you using for these file sharing needs?

 

http://www.macworld.com/article/1132002/mobilemac2503.html

 

Is this a mixed computer environment or all Macs?

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Mac OS X Leopard (version 10.5) is the sixth major release ofMac OS X, Apple's desktop and server operating system forMacintosh computers. Leopard was released on October 26, 2007 as the successor of Tiger (version 10.4), and is available in two editions: a desktop version suitable for personal computers, and a server version, Mac OS X Server. It retailed for $129[1] for the desktop version and $499 for Server.[2] Leopard was superseded by Snow Leopard (version 10.6). Leopard is the final version of Mac OS X to support the PowerPC architecture as Snow Leopard functions solely on Intel based Macs.

 

BOLD emphasis mine. Wikipedia article.

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It's an all Mac environment, with the workstations running anything from Snow Leopard to Mavericks. I don't know what protocol is being used. I'll have to check with the guy who's managing the setup.

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The Leopard Server software is not available from Apple any longer but some on eBay.

 

Even the 10-client license client one is not cheap though...

 

Be careful. Not all in the search result was the Server version even though that is what the search requested.

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While the pre-set limit will result in this error if your system receives more than 10 active connections, it may also occur with fewer than that, since the system by default will not drop idle connections.

 

This setup was initially intended to prevent the need for regularly logging back in when accessing a connection; however, with the ability to store log-in credentials in the OS X keychain, the need to preserve idle connections is not as important. Therefore, you can help prevent these errors by enabling the disconnection of idle connections. To do this, open the Terminal utility on your system and run the following command:

 

defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.AppleFileServer idleDisconnectOnOff true

 

After this command is run, restart your Mac (or disable and re-enable File Sharing in the system preferences) and see if the system now better manages file-sharing connections.

 

In addition to this command, you can adjust the length of time your system will wait to determine when an idle connection is dropped. The default is 10 minutes, but you can adjust this accordingly by using the following command (change the '10' value to the number of desired minutes):

 

defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.AppleFileServer idleDisconnectTime 10

 

If you regularly need to serve files to more than 10 active connections on your network and are finding that, despite tailoring the idle disconnect feature, the client systems are receiving connection errors, then you will have to upgrade to OS X server. This is a $20 purchase from the App Store that is an add-on to your current OS X installation (no need to reinstall in order to upgrade).

 

From this CNET article

 

This is a 2012 article, and I am not sure OS X server for Leopard that works on PPC Macs is still available as noted earlier. Might be worth asking though since it could be the difference of a lot of money.

Edited by LilBambi

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