Optimize your server and workstations to minimize performance issues in QuickBooks Desktop.
This is Part 1 of a series covering performance issues in QuickBooks Desktop and how to resolve them. If the steps outlined here do not resolve your issues, try the steps in the other
QuickBooks system requirements will support most QuickBooks users. If your computer system meets these specifications and still experience performance issues, increasing your available RAM may improve the condition. Remember that your goal is to increase the amount of RAM available to QuickBooks.
To know the amount of RAM needed for QuickBooks operations, multiply the size of your file in GB, by the number of users in the network. So, if your file size is 500 MB (0.5 GB) and you have 6 users, then you need 3 GB of RAM in your server. If you have only 2 GB and you are experiencing performance issues then consider upgrading your server to 3 GB of RAM..
A competing program is one that is running at the same time QuickBooks is running. Each competing program requires RAM and processor capacity. You can see the competing programs by opening the Task Manager and clicking the Processes Tab.
If you decide to upgrade your server and/or workstations, please consider the following:
If you are running QuickBooks in a terminal server environment, you can estimate the amount of RAM on the server in two ways. The first is that you need 0.5 GB of addressable RAM for each user. If you have five users, you need 2.5 GB of RAM. The second way is:
Note: Intuit supports Terminal Services mode only for QuickBooks Enterprise.
If you do not have a dedicated host or serer, use these criteria to decide on which workstation to save the file. Save your data file on the workstation that:
When creating or moving files, QuickBooks uses these default locations:
View and Edit your NIC settings
Network interface card (NIC) settings can slow the transfer rate if you have duplex mismatches. A duplex mismatch occurs when one NIC is set to a specific link speed and duplex and is connected to a NIC set to a different value. A mismatch can reduce your bandwidth to a few Megabits per second (Mb/s). To avoid this issue, reset all of your NIC's Link Speed and Duplex to an automatic setting.