QuickBooks servers are computing devices that have no keyboards, mice or monitors. They reside in out of the way places on a rack or shelf. Only QuickBooks and QuickBooks add on software gets installed on a dedicated QuickBooks server.
Intuit recommends that for maximum performance with multi user companies exceeding 5 user deployments, that companies run their server with Remote Desktop Services. Read Intuit’s white paper on Remote Desktop Services
Run and use Enterprise Solutions more quickly with Remote Desktop Services. By installing your software on a terminal server versus multiple client computers, you can also save money on IT related cost. Remote users get top performance because processing takes place on your server, not their PC. From the moment they log on, they’re valuable members of the team – whether they’re in the main office or satellite office, onsite or offsite.
Although dedicated QuickBooks servers are necessary in a greater than five user situation, they can stabilize and help a smaller setup perform like other high dollar software installations. In 2008, I wrote a non technical, easy to understand guide for building a QuickBooks server from an XP Pro desktop computer and a 2008 version of QuickBooks Pro.
In a smaller setup, a dedicated QuickBooks server installation can be accomplished for under $200 by taking advantage of off lease hardware, understanding how a local network functions and by following the instructions in my do it yourself guide “Build Your Own QuickBooks Production Server.”
A smaller office benefits from secure and protected company files, automated nightly backups, automated QuickBooks software updates and mitigated risk from damage done to computers from unskilled users.
Learn more about how you can build your own Dedicated QuickBooks Server.
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