FTP connections do not count against maximum concurrent connections.

  • 7001829
  • 07-Nov-2008
  • 26-Apr-2012

Environment

Novell NetWare 6.5
Novell NetWare 6.0
Novell NetWare 5.1
Novell NetWare Enterprise FTP Server
NWFTPD.NLM

Situation

FTP logoins do not count against maximum concurrent logins.
 
When determining if a user has reached their maximum concurrent connections limit, FTP connections are not counted.
 
If a user has, through non-FTP connections, already reached their maximum concurrent connections limit, all new connections including those through FTP will be denied.

Resolution

For the sake of this document, the term "connections" should be taken to refer to a login, or an authenticated connection, not merely a network connection.

The maximum concurrent connections limit was initially implemented as an NCP related limitation.  Not all connection methods do their work through NCP.  Some non-NCP connections participate in the counter for this limitation by making special NCP calls after the authentication through non-NCP methods is complete.  NWFTPD.NLM was not designed to do this.

If FTP connections do not count against the limit, it is logical to ask why this limit can cause FTP connections to be denied.  The answer is that even though not all type of connections are counted against the limit, once the limit it reached, all further connections of any type are denied.

Additional Information

Formerly known as TID# 10096408

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