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If QuickBooks Desktop resides on a server, does the server need a license?

Or do only the concurrent users need licenses?
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QuickBooks Team

Re: If QuickBooks Desktop resides on a server, does the server need a license?

Hello there, @robin9.


Yes, you'll need a license in the database server. Let me provide a few steps on how to install the database serverin QuickBooks.


First, download QuickBooks Desktop, before you install. If you're an accountant or someone who hosts multiple versions of QuickBooks Desktop on your network, install them in order. Install the oldest version first and end with the most recent.


Here's how:

  1. Close all open programs on your server computer, including QuickBooks.
  2. Open the install file you downloaded. It's called Setup_QuickBooks.exe.
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions. If you need to find your product or license numbers, here's how to find them.
  4. When QuickBooks asks you to choose an install type, select Custom or Network Options. Then click Next. Don't select Express.
  5. Choose the best option for your network setup and then select Next
  6. Select I'll be using QuickBooks Desktop on this computer, and I'll be storing. We strongly recommend this option.
  7. Click I will NOT be using QuickBooks Desktop.
  8. Follow the rest of the onscreen instructions. When you’re ready, select Install. Windows may ask you for permission.

For more reference, you can read this article: Install QuickBooks Database Server Manager.


Also, for future reference in setting up multi-user hosting, you can read this article: Set up a multi-user network.


If there's anything else I can help you with, feel free to drop your comment below. Have a nice day!