By default, the half-open TCP connections limit is disabled in Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2 (SP2) and in Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 (SP2). This article describes how to impose the half-open TCP connections limit in Windows Server 2008 with SP2 and in Windows Vista with SP2. The limit is ten connections.
Note In Windows Server 2008 and in Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 (SP1), the system allows for a maximum of ten half-open TCP connections at any time.
How to enable the half-open TCP connections limit
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To enable the half-open TCP connections limit in Windows Server 2008 with SP2 or in Windows Vista with SP2, set the value of the EnableConnectionRateLimiting DWORD registry entry to 1 (0x00000001). To do this, follow these steps:
Click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then click regedit.exe in the Programs list.
If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type your password, or click Continue.
Locate and then double-click the following registry key: