Applies to: SQL Server Azure SQL Managed Instance

Returns the maximum number of simultaneous user connections allowed on an instance of SQL Server. The number returned is not necessarily the number currently configured.

Transact-SQL syntax conventions




To view Transact-SQL syntax for SQL Server 2014 (12.x) and earlier versions, see Previous versions documentation.

Return Types



The actual number of user connections allowed also depends on the version of SQL Server that is installed and the limitations of your applications and hardware.

To reconfigure SQL Server for fewer connections, use sp_configure.


The following example shows returning the maximum number of user connections on an instance of SQL Server. The example assumes that SQL Server has not been reconfigured for fewer user connections.

SELECT @@MAX_CONNECTIONS AS 'Max Connections';  

Here is the result set.

Max Connections  

See Also

Configuration Functions
Configure the user connections Server Configuration Option