QuickBooks Multi User Doesn't Work

Question – Still can’t connect multiple users despite all advice… So I have vista on two desktop PCs and one laptop. When I use one desktop as the database server and try to use my other licenses on the other computers, I cannot connect. I have given proper access to the files and mapped the folders. I have allowed access through my firewall for all listed programs on all three machines.

I have reinstalled the software and created a new fake company in attempt to access this. I have updated all versions to the latest release. I access it on all machines as a multi-user, using different user names. When I host on the one desktop and try to access it on the other, it says that I need to host it as well.

I click yes (which I know is wrong) and it doesn’t work. I click no, and it also doesn’t work. The laptop gives me a different message. It says that my host computer is set up share, but my laptop is not communicating properly, and that the problem is my firewall.

I double checked to make sure that I have all programs that need access through the firewall allowed.

When I turn the firewall off, I still get the same message.

I did get it for a minute a few weeks ago, but wouldn’t work an hour later. Why is this so difficult?

I refuse to pay QuickBooks to solve their own problem, but I have been working on this for a month to no avail.

Can anyone genuinely help me?

Answer – Your issue is not the fault of Intuit or QuickBooks. Your issue is Vista peer to peer networking and your network environment. 

I would urge anyone using QuickBooks Pro or Premier to host your company files on an XP based server. Step by step instructions are in the guide at  http://painlessquickbooks.com

XP will be around for a long time. It makes so much sense to Build Your Own QuickBooks Production Server using a bullet proof XP based server, then access QuickBooks with Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP or Apple MAC (using Virtual Machine from Parallels).

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