Want to violate Internet standards (and get more download threads)?

I was configuring some new HP servers and needed to download the latest drivers.  I found umpteen million of them on HP’s site, ranging from the Network Configuration Utility to the array controller to the Insight Manager updates.  I tried downloading them, and despite having several browser windows open I was only able to have two downloads, or one download and page navigation, working at a time.  This annoyed me.

The HTTP 1.1 specification requires a two-concurrent-connection per server limit, and HTTP 1.0 servers have a Windows-imposed 4 connection limit.  I decided to violate Internet standards, and this handy KB article explained how.

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