I am currently hosting 4 company files on a Windows Server 2012/R2 server running QuickBooks Database Server Manager 2019. At present the Windows Server is hosting files only. What I would like to know is if it is possible to add the capability to install and run QuickBooks Pro Desktop 2019 on that server while maintaining its role as the Database Server manager, and how best to go about accomplishing this.
Can I just reinstall QuickBooks on server choosing to custom install with host and run options instead of just hosting option, or is there more involved.
Thank you for your help.
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You can install the QuickBooks Pro Desktop 2019 on your server, @silvianjim.
Once you install the Database Server Manager, you need to scan your company files. Then, you can access your company files from other computers on your network. This lets you and users work together in QuickBooks Desktop from multiple computers.
On a multi-user network, one computer hosts your company files. This is your server computer. Here's how:
For additional information, feel free to check this article: Use QuickBooks Database Server Manager.
I've also added an article that'll help you learn the task you can perform when switched to single or multi-user mode: Features available and tasks you can perform in single or multi-user mode.
Don't hesitate to tag my name if you have clarifications with your data server manager. I'm always around to help. Have a pleasant day.
I take it all back.
Did you even read my post??
I have been hosting company files on server for years, and have installed and updated the database manager numerous times. What I have never done is to also run the QuickBooks desktop application on that same server and this is what my current question is about. Please read, or reread, my initial post, and respond to my actual issue if you can help.
I should take my own advice and read your full post before replying. I have been getting annoyed because I seem to get only canned responses that don't answer my main question.
Assuming I can install the desktop app on the server, should I uninstall the existing database manager before doing a new custom install of both database manager and desktop app, or can install over the existing setup/
I promise to behave myself going forward. :)
Hi there, @silvianjim.
You've come to the right place to get help with QuickBooks.
QuickBooks Database Server Manager can be run separately. You'll have to manually choose not to include it when installing QuickBooks Pro. Setting up the database server in the future won't be an issue.
Let me provide you the article for more details: Install, Update, and Set up the QuickBooks Database Server Manager.
With these steps, you'll be able to keep your data server back up and running. You might also want to check your firewall and antivirus permissions to make sure you give your server manager permission to run on your server computer.
We also have a guide on resolving network issues that I'm sure you'll find helpful. Here are the links:
Let us know if you have any questions. We'll be right here to help.
Maybe I didn't make myself clear.
Database manager is already running on server. I want to add Quickbooks Desktop, so I will be switching from "I will NOT be using QuickBooks Desktop" to "I'll be using QuickBooks Desktop on this computer, AND I'll be storing".
My question is should I uninstall existing instance of Database Manager before installing again using the "I'll be using QuickBooks Desktop on this computer, AND I'll be storing" option.
I don't need instructions on the actual install. I've done it numerous times, and I will make backup of all company files/folders before proceeding. :)
You can do both for this scenario, @silvianjim.
Since you're using one computer upon the installation, you can install and run QuickBooks Desktop Pro 2019 on that server without uninstalling the Database Server Manager. However, if you encounter any errors, you can uninstall the Database Server Manager before the QuickBooks Desktop installation.
Also, it's a good thing that you create a backup of all your company before you proceed with the installation.
You can also check the articles shared by my colleagues on this thread on how to resolve network issues and the task you can perform in single or multi-user mode.
Additionally, feel free to read the topics from our QBDT help articles in case you need additional guides while working with QuickBooks in the future.
Please post again should you have any questions or if I can be of additional assistance. I'll be here to help. Take care always.