Windows Connection Limit
Last modified on 14 August 2020 05:58 PM
“We’re looking to set up PaperCut and we want to cut costs by not paying for a Windows server license. Can we install PaperCut on spare Windows Home or Pro computer that we have nearby?”
Can you install PaperCut on a non-server edition of Windows?
For our more indie PaperCut users, it’s quite a common practice to use a run-of-the-mill Windows PC to act as your PaperCut Server initially because you have as a small number of end-users who are Printing via PaperCut NG or MF.
However, the moment your office starts to boom and you need to expand your headcount, there’s a good chance you may run into issues by having that old dusty laptop running your PaperCut Server installation.
As part of the Windows EULA (on versions 7, 8, 8.1 & 10 as of publishing this KB article) the maximum device connection limit is 20 concurrent TCP/IP connections.
What does this mean exactly?
Well if your Print environment has more than 20 users regularly printing via said dusty laptop, you’ll be contravening your Windows OS EULA. From a performance point of view, this likely won’t be an issue for your mini-Print Server but of course this is not something we want to get our customers in trouble about and consequently having Bill Gates lawyer’s breathing down your shoulders!
Here’s the relevant section for you all to view regarding the Connection Limit on Windows:
Section 2. d. (iii)
(Source - Windows 10 EULA)
If you’re reading this and you fall into this category we would recommend in investing a dedicated Print Server instead, not least because of improved performance but the EULA for a Windows Server OS License allows you to go well above this enforced 20 Device Limit compared to a standard copy of Windows.