6 Ways to Fix Multiple Connections to a Server or Shared Resource by the Same User
Network and file sharing issues can be frustrating, especially when encountering errors like ‘Multiple Connections to a Server or Shared Resource by the Same User.’ In this article, we’ll delve into the common causes of this error and provide six effective ways to fix it. But before we explore the solutions, let’s understand why this error occurs in the first place.
There are reasons why this error can occur. One common reason is mapping drives, especially when users map network drives using different methods (such as IP address and server name) to the same shared resource.
This error also arises when users have multiple active sessions, misconfigured DNS settings, or even disconnect and reconnect network drives without entirely terminating previous connections, which can cause multiple connections. Now, let’s begin fixing this error.
Note: The steps are the same for both Windows 10 and 11. However, for demonstration, we are going with Windows 11. If you are on Windows 10 or below, follow along.
1. Ensure That the Shared Folder Is Not Opened
Although this method is essential to prevent conflicts or errors that may occur from concurrent access to the same resource, it is also a common cause of the ‘multiple connections to a server or shared resource by the same user’ error.
To fix this error, check if another window is open displaying the shared folder you are accessing. Close it if it is running. If not, take concrete steps to resolve it.
Sometimes, the error occurs if your PC freezes or slows down while connected to the remote computer. Follow the steps below.
Step 1: Press the Windows key on your keyboard, type Task Manager, and click Open.
Note: Alternatively, you can press ‘Ctrl + Shift + Esc.’
Step 2: Under the Processes tab, select Windows Explorer and right-click.
Step 3: From the context menu, choose “End task”.
To unfreeze your PC and enable sharing and remote connections, restart the client computer or Windows Explorer. If this doesn’t work, try the next fix.
Restarting the Workstation service can resolve connection errors. The Workstation Service is a Windows Server operating system service that lets client computers request files and resources from servers. Here are the steps:
Step 1: Press the Windows key, type “Command Prompt,” and click ‘Run as administrator.’
Step 2: Once launched, type the command and press Enter.
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Step 3: Enter the command below and hit Enter. net start workstation
Once the Workstation Service restarts, you should be able to establish the connection to the workstation, fixing the connection error. If this didn’t fix the issue, check out the next one.
4. Delete the Credentials of Your Network Share
Multiple connection errors may occur if a user tries to establish multiple connections using the same credentials. To resolve this issue, you need to delete the credentials associated with your network sharing using the Credentials Manager. Here’s how:
Step 1: Press the Windows key, type Control Panel, and open it.
Step 2: Select Credentials Manager.
There are two credentials: Web and Windows.
Step 3: Go to Windows Credentials and select the credentials for your network share.
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Step 4: Once selected, click on the credentials and choose Remove.
Step 5: Choose Yes in the ‘Delete Generic Credentials’ pop-up.
Disconnect all previous connections to the server or shared resource and try again. This should fix the issue; if not, check out the next fix.
Setting up a separate DNS for the remote server can mitigate the error by optimizing network connections and ensuring access. There are two workarounds:
To fix the issue, try the following:
1. Use the remote server’s IP address to connect to the network share.
2. Create a DNS alias for the remote server and connect using it.
If these workarounds don’t solve the issue, continue reading for the next method that will fix it once and for all.
If none of the methods fix the error, try this method:
1. Press the Windows key, type Command Prompt, and click ‘Run as administrator.’
Step 2: Once launched, type the command below and press Enter.
Step 3: Look for the drive(s) you are experiencing issues with, type the command below, and hit Enter.
Note: Replace ‘servername\foldername’ with the drive you want to delete.
net user /delete \\servername\foldername.
Once you delete the problematic drive(s), the ‘multiple connections to a server or shared resource by the same user’ error should be resolved. If you have any unanswered queries, please refer to the FAQ section below.
1. Can I adjust the server’s connection limit settings?
Adjusting the server’s connection limit settings requires administrative access. If you’re an administrator, you can modify these settings based on your network’s requirements.
2. Is there a way to view the current active connections to a server on a Windows system?
Yes, you can use the ‘netstat’ command or tools like the ‘Resource Monitor’ in Windows to view active network connections. This can help you identify any excess connections.
Now that you know how to fix the ‘Multiple Connections to a Server or Shared Resource by the Same User” error, you can quickly overcome this issue and continue collaborating seamlessly. You may also want to read how to fix ‘DLL Is Not Designed to Run on Windows’ error.
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