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The term hosting is used to describe the situation where the computer that is storing a company file (the host) allows other computers to access the file.
QuickBooks uses a service to manage company file access:
In Windows Control Panel, you can find this service in User Accounts, under Users for this computer. Look for the service that corresponds to your version of QuickBooks Desktop.
The following diagrams illustrate QuickBooks Desktop hosting modes.
QuickBooks Desktop requires 3 conditions be met before it can allow access to company files:
The hosting mode is set for each version of QuickBooks Desktop and for each computer. It is not set for the company file or the QuickBooks Desktop installation. When multiple versions of QuickBooks Desktop 2018 or later are used concurrently, the hosting mode settings for each version are independent.
There are 3 hosting modes: Not Hosting (also known as Hosting Off), Hosting Local Files only, and Hosting Local & Remote files.