QuickBooks Virtual Server and QuickBooks Virtualization


I have a different approach to QuickBooks virtual server installation issues and virtualization in general. When it comes to accounting software and computer systems, I want the best for myself and the SMB community. Whether you’re a SMB business person or support SMBs as an IT tech, CPA or accountant, you deserve the best. Intuit possesses both the money and power to deliver the best accounting software that runs in virtual environments, for all Intuit customers.

Please take a small journey with me to investigate Intuit’s strange relationship with virtual server technology.

First, click the link to look at this interesting paper from Intuit titled “Maximizing the Value and Performance of QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions with Remote Desktop Services” It’s a long read but well worth it. Note the item on page 4 titled “Try Virtualization to Save More Money.”

Second, click the link to look at Intuit’s system requirements for QuickBooks. Note the requirement under “QuickBooks Desktop 2018” defining “Natively installed”, a requirement in force through QuickBooks 2018 and inserted into QuickBooks system requirements around 2010.

Intuit defines Natively Installed in the system requirements as; “natively installed means it was installed on a particular system or environment that it was designed for. This also means that it doesn’t need to run in a virtual environment or emulation software.”

Intuit contradicts itself, by recommending a virtual environment then, quite simply stating in 2014, “No, QuickBooks is not supported in a virtual environment.” Consequently, Intuit’s requirements confuse Intuit’s customers.

Finally, check out this thread on Spiceworks, one of the larger communities of SMB IT support folks. Note how Intuit support fails to address issues once the support person discovers that QuickBooks is installed on a virtual machine.

Virtualization, whether on VM Ware, HyperV or other tools, proves to be the defacto standard in Windows Server environment deployments. It’s the goto way to run computer systems by most of the IT crowd, myself included. Yet for some undisclosed reason, Intuit continues to pour cold water on supporting QuickBooks desktop software users on virtual infrastructure, a very unfortunate situation.

I’m not going to speculate on Intuit’s reasons for not supporting QuickBooks on anything other than a “natively installed” system. Suffice to say, it’s time for Intuit to stop this confusion and embrace virtual technology for all of their QuickBooks Desktop products.

Intuit, please listen to your customers. Some of us appreciate your “cloud” software and your certified hosting providers, all built on virtual infrastructure. But, many of us want robust desktop accounting software that runs fully supported in our own virtual environments.

You can indeed save money by running your own QuickBooks virtual server. So, how can you “Try Virtualization to Save More Money” when “QuickBooks is not supported in a virtual environment?”

Consider learning how I build and support a QuickBooks virtual server. I welcome and would enjoy discussing my different approach to QuickBooks virtual servers with you. Please contact me by calling (936) 228-8108, email me at PainlessQuickBooks (at) gmail (dot) com or “Leave a Reply” with your contact information below.