Multi-user and FTP

Discussion in 'Quickbooks' started by Arthur, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. Arthur

    Arthur Guest

    Is there a step-by-step (HOWTO) to use multiple computers accessing a
    QuickBooks 2006 in multi-user mode, having the .QBW files on a remote
    computer using a FTP server that doesn't have QuickBooks 2006 Installed
    on it? I've tried opening a file in one computer (ftp mapped in My
    Network Places), but when I switch to multi-user mode, QuickBooks 2006
    Premier Edition doesn't display the Alternate Setup, and when the other
    user opens the file and changes it, the file isn't updated on other
    computers. Any ideas on how to use FTP and QuickBooks Premier Edition
    2006?
    Best Regards,
    Arthur.
     
    Arthur, Apr 12, 2006
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  2. Arthur

    klunk Guest

    I don't think FTP is going to work. The database server
    in QB needs FILE access to the qbw file. If your FTP server
    can also be setup as, or already is, a file server, then just
    map a drive letter to the folder it's stored in and use that
    to open the file from whichever machine will be the host.

    "Arthur" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Is there a step-by-step (HOWTO) to use multiple computers accessing a
    > QuickBooks 2006 in multi-user mode, having the .QBW files on a remote
    > computer using a FTP server that doesn't have QuickBooks 2006 Installed
    > on it? I've tried opening a file in one computer (ftp mapped in My
    > Network Places), but when I switch to multi-user mode, QuickBooks 2006
    > Premier Edition doesn't display the Alternate Setup, and when the other
    > user opens the file and changes it, the file isn't updated on other
    > computers. Any ideas on how to use FTP and QuickBooks Premier Edition
    > 2006?
    > Best Regards,
    > Arthur.
    >
     
    klunk, Apr 12, 2006
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  3. Arthur

    HeyBub Guest

    Arthur wrote:
    > Is there a step-by-step (HOWTO) to use multiple computers accessing a
    > QuickBooks 2006 in multi-user mode, having the .QBW files on a remote
    > computer using a FTP server that doesn't have QuickBooks 2006
    > Installed on it? I've tried opening a file in one computer (ftp
    > mapped in My Network Places), but when I switch to multi-user mode,
    > QuickBooks 2006 Premier Edition doesn't display the Alternate Setup,
    > and when the other user opens the file and changes it, the file isn't
    > updated on other computers. Any ideas on how to use FTP and
    > QuickBooks Premier Edition 2006?
    > Best Regards,
    > Arthur.


    FTP is FILE Transfer Protocol. It's for transferring entire files and won't
    work for remote access.

    Remote access is built in to WinXP (see the WinXP help file). That transfers
    the screen, keyboard, and mouse to a remote computer. For something more
    exotic, you'll probably want a VPN (Virtual Private Network).
     
    HeyBub, Apr 12, 2006
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  4. Arthur

    Arthur Guest

    Is there a free file server hosting that allows drive mapping, so I can
    test the effectiveness of this? My real problem is that I have users in
    two different cities, using two different ISP's.
     
    Arthur, Apr 13, 2006
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  5. Arthur

    klunk Guest

    Drive mapping is only really feasible on a LAN. Since you
    have remote users, the only good solution is remote access.
    If you search on "Terminal Services" on this group you will
    find a wealth of posts regarding how to set it up.

    "Arthur" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Is there a free file server hosting that allows drive mapping, so I can
    > test the effectiveness of this? My real problem is that I have users in
    > two different cities, using two different ISP's.
    >
     
    klunk, Apr 13, 2006
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  6. Arthur

    GymRatZ Guest

    HeyBub wrote:

    > Remote access is built in to WinXP (see the WinXP help file). That transfers
    > the screen, keyboard, and mouse to a remote computer. For something more
    > exotic, you'll probably want a VPN (Virtual Private Network).


    I have a VPN from home to the office machine.
    It works to a degree, but even on a database that's only been running
    from the first of April, things are a bit too slow (on QB 2004)

    I find it much more useful to use TightVNC (server) on a PC on the
    office LAN and log into it over the VPN.
    This allows full speed database access via local machine and 100% secure
    logging into the TightVNC machine through the VPN.

    As VNC is only updating a compressed image of the desktop (and mouse/key
    commands) to my home (remote)P.C. the usability of Quickbooks is 90% of
    using it locally.

    If that makes sense.
     
    GymRatZ, Apr 17, 2006
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