How do you Sync Quicken data files?

Discussion in 'Quicken' started by Jim Larkey, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. Jim Larkey

    Jim Larkey Guest

    I am seeking to keep my desktop Q08 sync'd to my wife's laptop, so that
    either of us can add data. I use SyncBack (2BrightSparks) for other apps,
    but only in the backup mode. Wondering how you can sync Q08 data that might
    have multiple entries at different times.

    For example:
    Desktop entries
    + 10/27/07
    + 10/29/07
    Laptop entry
    + 10/28/07
    If sync'd on 10/30/07, won't the laptop entry be lost, since the desktop has
    the most current datestamp?

    What I've been doing is entering data on one machine, and periodically doing
    a backup to the other. I would like to enter data on both PCs.

    Wondering how you handle sync'ing (not backup) Q data files.
    Cheers,
    Jim
     
    Jim Larkey, Oct 29, 2007
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  2. Jim Larkey

    L Guest

    "Jim Larkey" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >I am seeking to keep my desktop Q08 sync'd to my wife's laptop, so that
    >either of us can add data. I use SyncBack (2BrightSparks) for other apps,
    >but only in the backup mode. Wondering how you can sync Q08 data that
    >might have multiple entries at different times.
    >
    > For example:
    > Desktop entries
    > + 10/27/07
    > + 10/29/07
    > Laptop entry
    > + 10/28/07
    > If sync'd on 10/30/07, won't the laptop entry be lost, since the desktop
    > has the most current datestamp?


    Yes, indeed. That is exactly what would happen.

    >
    > What I've been doing is entering data on one machine, and periodically
    > doing a backup to the other. I would like to enter data on both PCs.
    >
    > Wondering how you handle sync'ing (not backup) Q data files.


    Sounds like a good idea for a 3rd party app.....
    Google'ing provided a few suggestions. This one had a number of accolades on
    its site
    http://www.spbsoftwarehouse.com/products/finance/?en
     
    L, Oct 29, 2007
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  3. Jim Larkey wrote:
    > I am seeking to keep my desktop Q08 sync'd to my wife's laptop, so
    > that either of us can add data. I use SyncBack (2BrightSparks) for
    > other apps, but only in the backup mode. Wondering how you can sync
    > Q08 data that might have multiple entries at different times.
    >
    > For example:
    > Desktop entries
    > + 10/27/07
    > + 10/29/07
    > Laptop entry
    > + 10/28/07
    > If sync'd on 10/30/07, won't the laptop entry be lost, since the
    > desktop has the most current datestamp?
    >
    > What I've been doing is entering data on one machine, and periodically
    > doing a backup to the other. I would like to enter data on both PCs.
    >
    > Wondering how you handle sync'ing (not backup) Q data files.
    > Cheers,
    > Jim

    If you're just looking to add entries use Quicken's Web Entry
    <http://www.quicken.com/webentry/>, which already works with Quicken and
    has for years.
    --
    Andrew DeFaria <http://defaria.com>
    Nebraska: At least the cows are sane.
     
    Andrew DeFaria, Oct 29, 2007
    #3
  4. Jim Larkey

    Jim Larkey Guest

    Thanks....that's the idea (sync'ing as opposed to backup)....but a couple of
    details:
    SPB Finance only Synchronization with Intuit Quicken (2003 - 2006)...I have
    Q2008.
    Also, not clear if this is a laptop to desktop product. Their web info
    seems to only say a PDA to desktop/laptop.

    But this is the idea.

    As for Web Entry method, this is what I pulled up on hte Intuit link
    furnished by Andrew:
    " This service is temporarily unavailable. We are working to restore service
    as soon as possible and apologize for any inconvenience."

    I would prefer a standalone approach, and not depend upon the Internet.

    Any other ideas out there?
    Cheers & Thanks,
    Jim

    > Yes, indeed. That is exactly what would happen.
    >
    >>
    >> What I've been doing is entering data on one machine, and periodically
    >> doing a backup to the other. I would like to enter data on both PCs.
    >>
    >> Wondering how you handle sync'ing (not backup) Q data files.

    >
    > Sounds like a good idea for a 3rd party app.....
    > Google'ing provided a few suggestions. This one had a number of accolades
    > on its site
    > http://www.spbsoftwarehouse.com/products/finance/?en
    >
     
    Jim Larkey, Oct 29, 2007
    #4
  5. Jim Larkey wrote:
    > As for Web Entry method, this is what I pulled up on hte Intuit link
    > furnished by Andrew: " This service is temporarily unavailable. We are
    > working to restore service
    > as soon as possible and apologize for any inconvenience."

    The keyword here is temporary. Prior to getting Pocket Quicken I used
    web entry a lot. Worked fine.
    --
    Andrew DeFaria <http://defaria.com>
    Don't use a big word where a diminutive one will suffice.
     
    Andrew DeFaria, Oct 30, 2007
    #5
  6. Jim Larkey

    V Lee Guest

    Assuming you don't need to enter data from both machines at the same time,
    you could try something like FolderShare (http://www.foldershare.com) or
    BeInSync which will keep the files in sync between the computers. Only
    caveat is that they both have to be connected to the net at some time. I
    used FolderShare and works great for this.

    Good Luck..

    "Jim Larkey" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > I am seeking to keep my desktop Q08 sync'd to my wife's laptop, so that
    > either of us can add data. I use SyncBack (2BrightSparks) for other apps,
    > but only in the backup mode. Wondering how you can sync Q08 data that
    > might have multiple entries at different times.
    >
    > For example:
    > Desktop entries
    > + 10/27/07
    > + 10/29/07
    > Laptop entry
    > + 10/28/07
    > If sync'd on 10/30/07, won't the laptop entry be lost, since the desktop
    > has the most current datestamp?
    >
    > What I've been doing is entering data on one machine, and periodically
    > doing a backup to the other. I would like to enter data on both PCs.
    >
    > Wondering how you handle sync'ing (not backup) Q data files.
    > Cheers,
    > Jim
    >
     
    V Lee, Oct 31, 2007
    #6
  7. Jim Larkey

    Jim Larkey Guest

    Yes, what I'm wondering is is anyone synchronizes multiple entries on 2 PCs,
    as opposed to backups. I use SyncBack, which is probably similar to
    BeInSync, and it does not have that capability. It looks at time-stamps,
    which will not accomplish the data sych of my example in my orig post.
    Also, both PCs are not on at the same time. I can't say when and where my
    wife's laptop is, but would like to sych her data entry with mine on my
    desktop.

    Thanks for your interest and sharing your post.
    Cheers,
    Jim

    "V Lee" <> wrote in message
    news:iNSVi.7047$Q%3.2081@trnddc04...
    > Assuming you don't need to enter data from both machines at the same time,
    > you could try something like FolderShare (http://www.foldershare.com) or
    > BeInSync which will keep the files in sync between the computers. Only
    > caveat is that they both have to be connected to the net at some time. I
    > used FolderShare and works great for this.
    >
    > Good Luck..
     
    Jim Larkey, Nov 1, 2007
    #7
  8. Jim Larkey

    Mark Hood Guest

    "Jim Larkey" <> writes:
    > Yes, what I'm wondering is is anyone synchronizes multiple entries on 2 PCs,
    > as opposed to backups.


    If you have a local network and some attached storage, you could put
    your Quicken data files on a network share, map that share to a drive
    letter on 2 PCs connected to your local network, and update the
    Quicken dataset from either PC as long as you don't do it
    simultaneously. It's pretty simple to do with a router and an
    inexpensive ($80 + disk/and-or/flash drive) file server like a Linksys
    NSLU2.

    If you absolutely need offline updates to two distinct local Quicken
    datasets then you'll need some very smart, probably unavailable,
    synchronization software.
     
    Mark Hood, Nov 2, 2007
    #8
  9. Jim Larkey

    Han Guest

    Mark Hood <> wrote in
    news::

    > "Jim Larkey" <> writes:
    >> Yes, what I'm wondering is is anyone synchronizes multiple entries on
    >> 2 PCs, as opposed to backups.

    >
    > If you have a local network and some attached storage, you could put
    > your Quicken data files on a network share, map that share to a drive
    > letter on 2 PCs connected to your local network, and update the
    > Quicken dataset from either PC as long as you don't do it
    > simultaneously. It's pretty simple to do with a router and an
    > inexpensive ($80 + disk/and-or/flash drive) file server like a Linksys
    > NSLU2.
    >
    > If you absolutely need offline updates to two distinct local Quicken
    > datasets then you'll need some very smart, probably unavailable,
    > synchronization software.
    >

    This is supposedto work, but does depend on reliable intercomputer
    connections. That means you have to trust things like the ActionTec
    router that Verizon supplies.

    Especially if you go this route, backups are your friends!


    --
    Best regards
    Han
    email address is invalid
     
    Han, Nov 2, 2007
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  10. Jim Larkey

    Jim Larkey Guest

    I guess I'll stick with the manual backup method through SyncBack, since
    backups are still required. Just thought there might be a more elegant and
    inexpensive way to do sync'ing kind of like MS Outlook does. Thanks to all
    the previous posters for sharing their experiences.

    Cheers,
    Jim

    Han wrote:
    > This is supposedto work, but does depend on reliable intercomputer
    > connections. That means you have to trust things like the ActionTec
    > router that Verizon supplies.
    >
    > Especially if you go this route, backups are your friends!
     
    Jim Larkey, Nov 2, 2007
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