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QuickBooks Error H202: Fix Problems with Multi-User Hosting

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When switching to multi-user mode, several users run into QuickBooks error H202 or H505. This implies that the multi-user connection to the server computer is blocked.

Such connection issues between the server system and the workstation means the users can’t work in the multi-user environment. In this article, we will get to know error H202 in QuickBooks Desktop in detail and its most common reasons. We will then walk you through the solutions to fix this multi-user mode error like a professional.

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What Is QuickBooks Error H202 While Switching to Multi-User Mode?

Let us begin with understanding what QuickBooks network error H202 is and what it implies.

Error H202 in QuickBooks is a multi-user mode error that occurs when the user computer (workstation) is unable to communicate with the host computer (server) where the company file is located. It could be due to a variety of reasons, such as network connectivity problems, firewall settings, or issues with the QuickBooks Database Server Manager.

Thus, the user won’t be able to access the company file in a multi-user environment. An error message will appear on your screen when switching to QuickBooks in multi-user mode. 

Here’s what the error message might say:

problem with multi-user hosting setup: error H202 message

The error message further advises you on what you can do to switch to multi-user mode. Here’s what it says:

However, a quick solution is often inadequate and requires you to implement additional troubleshooting procedures. 

Let’s move ahead and look at some common reasons why you get QuickBooks error H202 while switching to multi-user mode.

Read more: How To Resolve QuickBooks Multi-User Mode Not Working Error? 

What Causes QuickBooks Desktop Error H202?

Knowing the reasons for an error simplifies troubleshooting, and you come to know what solutions would be the most effective and when to implement them.

Thus, we have compiled a list of possible reasons responsible for triggering error code H202 in QuickBooks Desktop. Take a look at these below.

  1. An improper hosting configuration is one of the most common and apparent causes of QuickBooks Desktop error H202.
  2. The firewall application installed on the server, be it the built-in Windows Firewall or a third-party application, restricts all incoming and outgoing connections.
  3. Error H202 can also appear because of DNS conflicts.
  4. Your workstation might not be able to connect to the server because of an incorrect or missing IP address.
  5. Some crucial services like QBCFMonitor and QuickBooksDBXX required to host the company file are not running on the system.
  6. Corruption in the Network Data file (.ND) is corrupt or damaged.
  7. QuickBooks database server manager is not installed or running on the system.
  8. QuickBooksDBXX and QBCFMonitor services don’t have admin permissions to run on the server system.
  9. A reason might be that you have not added a server to the Windows host file is also a reason.

Next, let us discuss some crucial suggestions by experts to avoid multi-user errors and data loss while troubleshooting.

Before You Troubleshoot QuickBooks Desktop Error H202

Before we go ahead to carry out comprehensive solutions for fixing QuickBooks error H202, there are some things you need to do to ensure your data stays safe.

1. Backup the Company File

Backing up the company file is crucial when troubleshooting any company file-related issue. This ensures the data will be safe if something goes wrong while implementing the troubleshooting solutions. Here’s how to quickly back up the company file to a secure location.

  1. Launch QuickBooks, go to the File tab, and select Switch to Single-user Mode.
  2. Open the File tab again and select the Back up Company option.
  3. Choose the Create Local Backup option and select Local Backup.
  4. Hit Next, and under the Local Backup Only section, click Browse.
  5. Now select a safe location on your system to save the backup file.
  6. If you want, you can select the number of backups that you want to keep.
  7. Now, QuickBooks will run a quick scan to check the company file is damage-free.
  8. Click OK and hit the Save it Now option.
  9. Click Next, and QuickBooks will notify you when a single company file backup is created.

You can now restore this backup file if you accidentally damage the original company file while troubleshooting error H202 QuickBooks Desktop.

2. Contact Third-party Hosting Solutions

If you are using a third-party hosting solution like Right Networks, AbacusNext, Itopia, etc., contact them for troubleshooting help. Alternatively, you can contact us for assistance with advanced troubleshooting. 

3. Install QuickBooks Database Server Manager on the Server

You must have the QuickBooks database server manager installed for each version of QuickBooks you have on the workstations to host the company file and avoid errors like H202. QuickBooks database server manager needs to be installed on the computer that hosts the company file, not the workstations.

If you don’t have QuickBooks Database Server Manager installed on your computer, find the instructions on how to do so at the end of this guide.

Expert’s Solutions to Resolve QuickBooks Error H202

We will list the solutions you can use to resolve QuickBooks error code H202. We advise you to carry out these steps in the order they are written. 

However, if you have an idea about the cause of the error, you can jump to the relevant solution and carry out the instructions.

1. Use QuickBooks Database Server Manager

Assuming you already have QuickBooks database server manager installed on the server system, run it using QuickBooks Tool Hub.

Step 1. Download and Install QuickBooks Tool Hub

Before running QuickBooks Tool Hub, you will need to quit QuickBooks Desktop, and for the best results, run it on Windows 10, 64-bit system.

  • First, download and install the latest version of QuickBooks Tool Hub on your computer.
  • Save the file to a location that you can easily navigate to later.
  • Once the Tool Hub is downloaded, move to the download location and double-click the QuickBooksToolHub.exe file.
  • This will initiate the installation process, where you will need to follow the on-screen instructions and accept the terms and conditions to complete the installation.
  • Once installed, a shortcut icon will be created on the desktop screen, which you can use to launch QuickBooks Tool Hub.
  • If you can’t find the icon for QuickBooks Tool Hub, search for it in the search bar beside the Windows Start menu and select it to launch it on the system.

Step 2. Launch QuickBooks Database Server Manager

Now, we will run QuickBooks Database Server Manager on the server system to which all the workstations are connected. This might resolve the QuickBooks error H202 or H505 you see while switching to multi-user mode.

  1. Go to the Network Issues tab in QuickBooks Tool Hub and select the QuickBooks Database Server Manager option.
  2. Click the Start Scan option if your company file folder is displayed on the screen.
  3. If you don’t see the company file folder in the QuickBooks database server manager, click Browse and select the folder where the company file is saved.
  4. Once the company file folder is selected, click Start Scan, and the QuickBooks database server manager will automatically repair the firewall permissions.
  5. Once the process is complete, choose the Close option.
  6. Launch QuickBooks and select the Switch to Multi-user mode option in the File tab on the server system.

Try to access the company file on every system where you see QuickBooks error code H202 and check if the issue is now resolved. If you still can’t access the company file, follow the next step to run QuickBooks File Doctor.

Step 3. Repair Company File and Network Issues Using QuickBooks File Doctor

QuickBooks File Doctor is designed to identify and fix any issues in the company file and network, and you can access it from QuickBooks Tool Hub.

  • Launch QuickBooks Tool Hub and move to the Company File Issues tab to access QuickBooks File Doctor.
  • Choose the option that says Run QuickBooks File Doctor and wait for about a minute for it to load.
  • After opening QuickBooks File Doctor, check if your company file is in the drop-down list.
  • If you find your company file in the list, select it. If not, click Browse and manually locate and select the company file.
  • After selecting the company file, click the Check your file and Network option and hit Continue.
  • When prompted, enter the password of the QuickBooks admin account and hit Next.
  • Check if fixing the company file and network resolves QuickBooks error H202. If not, try the next troubleshooting solution.

2. Verify if QuickBooks Services are Running on the Server

Before verifying the status of the crucial QuickBooks services on the server system, you must ensure the hosting is enabled. To do this, go to the File tab, select Utilities, and choose the Host Multi-user Access option. If you see the Stop Hosting Multi-user Access option instead, don’t select it.

  • Press Windows + R to launch the Run window and enter services.msc command in the text box.
enter services.msc command into the run window a
  • Press Enter. Now, find QuickBooksDBXX in the list of services.
  • Double-click the QuickBooksDBXX service for your version of QuickBooks Desktop and choose Automatic from the Startup Type drop-down.
QuickBooks Error H202: Fix Problems with Multi-User Hosting
  • Now look at the status of the service as it must be Started or Running. If it is not, click the Start option.
  • Move to the Recovery tab and choose the Restart the Service option in the First, Second, and Subsequent failures drop-downs.
move to the recovery tab and choose the restart the service option
  • Choose Apply, hit OK to save the changes, and repeat the same steps for QBCFMonitorService.

Check if you can now access the company file on workstations without an error. If you see QuickBooks error H202, try the next solution.

3. Add QuickBooksDBXX and QBCFMonitorService to the Windows Admin Group

QuickBooksDBXX and QBCFMonitorService are two crucial services required to host the company file in multi-user mode. In this solution, we will add both of these services to the Windows admin group so that they can run without any restrictions.

  • Press the Windows + E keys to open File Explorer and navigate to the company file folder.
  • Right-click the company file folder and choose Properties from the list of options.
  • Choose Sharing and then click Share Add.
  • Select the QBDataServiceUserXX that represents your version of QuickBooks Desktop.
  • Choose Full Control as the permission level for both of the users and hit Share.
  • Now repeat the same steps for QBCFMonitorService and retry to access the company file on the workstations affected by QuickBooks error H202.

If you still can’t access the company file because of multi-user mode error H202, follow the next troubleshooting solution.

4. Configure Windows Firewall to Remove Restrictions on QuickBooks

With the instructions below, first, we will add firewall port exceptions for QuickBooks. Then, add QuickBooks Desktop as an exception in the Windows Firewall.

Step 1: Create and Add Firewall Port Exception for QB Desktop

If you have more than one version of QuickBooks installed on the system, you will need to follow the instructions below for every version.

  • Enter Windows Firewall in the search bar at the bottom of the desktop screen and select it in the search results.
  • Now go to Advanced Settings and right-click on Inbound Rules.
  • Choose the New Rule option and click Port.
  • Click Next and ensure the TCP option is selected.
  • Enter the ports mentioned below in the Specific Local Ports field.
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2020 and later: 8019, XXXXX.
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2019: 8019, XXXXX.
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2018: 8019, 56728, 55378-55382.
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2017: 8019, 56727, 55373-55377.

Experts Suggested Solutions to Fix QuickBooks Multi-User Error H202

After going through the causes mentioned in this article, if you have identified the cause in your case, jump to the relevant solution mentioned below or follow all solutions in the given sequence.

Solution 1: Use QuickBooks Database Server Manager

As you have already installed QuickBooks database server manager on the server system, you only need to run it using QuickBooks Tool Hub to resolve QuickBooks error H202.

Step 1: Download and Install QuickBooks Tool Hub to Access Database Server Manager

QuickBooks Tool Hub

Before running QuickBooks Tool Hub, you will need to quit QuickBooks Desktop, and for the best results, run it on Windows 10, 64-bit system.

  1. Download the latest version (1.6.0.3) of QuickBooks Tool Hub from this LINK.
  2. Save the file to a location that you can easily navigate to later.
check the version of quickbooks tool hub
  1. Once the Tool Hub is downloaded, move to the download location and double-click the QuickBooksToolHub.exe file.
  2. This will initiate the installation process, where you will need to follow the on-screen instructions and accept the terms and conditions to complete the installation.
  3. Once installed, a shortcut icon will be created on the desktop screen, which you can use to launch QuickBooks Tool Hub.
  4. If you can’t find the icon for QuickBooks Tool Hub, search it in the Windows search and select it to launch it on the system.

Step 2: Launch QuickBooks Database Server Manager from Tool Hub

In this step, we will run QuickBooks Database Server Manager on the server system to which all the workstations are connected to resolve QuickBooks error H202.

  1. Go to the Network Issues tab in QuickBooks Tool Hub and select the QuickBooks Database Server Manager option.
  2. Click the Start Scan option if your company file folder is displayed on the screen.
  3. If you don’t see the company file folder in the QuickBooks database server manager, click Browse and select the folder where the company file is saved.
  4. Once the company file folder is selected, click Start Scan, and the QuickBooks database server manager will automatically repair the firewall permissions.
  5. Once the process is complete, choose the Close option.
  6. Launch QuickBooks and select the Switch to Multi-user mode option in the File tab on the server system.

Try to access the company file on every system that is affected by QuickBooks error H202 and check if the issue is now resolved. If you still can’t access the company file, follow the next step and run QuickBooks File Doctor.

Step 3: Get Instant Help from QuickBooks File Doctor

QuickBooks File Doctor is designed to identify and fix any issues in the company file and network, and you can access it from QuickBooks Tool Hub.

  1. Launch QuickBooks Tool Hub and move to the Company File Issues tab to access QuickBooks File Doctor.
  2. Choose the option that says Run QuickBooks File Doctor and wait for about a minute for it to load.
quickbooks file doctor tool
  1. After opening QuickBooks File Doctor, check if your company file is in the drop-down list.
  2. If you find your company file in the list, select it. If not, click Browse and manually locate and select the company file.
  3. After selecting the company file, click the Check your file and Network option and hit Continue.
  4. When prompted, enter the password of the QuickBooks admin account and hit Next.

Check if fixing the company file and network resolves QuickBooks error H202. If not, try the next troubleshooting solution.

Solution 2: Verify if QuickBooks Services are Running on the Server

Before verifying the status of the crucial QuickBooks services on the server system, you must ensure the hosting is enabled. For this, go to the File tab, select Utilities, and choose the Host Multi-user Access option. If the Stop Hosting Multi-user Access option is highlighted, don’t select it.

choose the host multi-user access option from utilities
  1. Press Windows + R to launch the Run window and enter services.msc command in the text box.
enter services.msc command in the text box
  1. Press Enter and find QuickBooksDBXX in the list of services.
  1. Double-click the QuickBooksDBXX service for your version of QuickBooks Desktop and choose Automatic from the Startup Type drop-down.
run quickbooksdbxx service
  1. Now look at the status of the service as it must be Started or Running. If it is not, click the Start option.
  1. Move to the Recovery tab and choose the Restart the Service option in the First, Second, and Subsequent failures drop-downs.
choose the restart the service option
  1. Choose Apply, hit OK to save the changes, and repeat the same steps for QBCFMonitorService.

Check if you can now access the company file on workstations without encountering QuickBooks error H202. If not, try implementing the next solution.

Solution 3: Add QuickBooksDBXX and QBCFMonitorService to the Windows Admin Group

QuickBooksDBXX and QBCFMonitorService are two crucial services required to host the company file in Multi-User mode. In this solution, we will add both of these services to the Windows admin group so that they can run without any restrictions.

  1. Press the Windows + E keys to open File Explorer and navigate to the company file folder.
  2. Right-click the company file folder and choose Properties from the list of options.
  3. Choose Sharing and then click Share Add.
  4. Select the QBDataServiceUserXX that represents your version of QuickBooks Desktop.
  5. Choose Full Control as the permission level for both of the users and hit Share.
  6. Now repeat the same steps for QBCFMonitorService and retry to access the company file on the workstations affected by QuickBooks error H202.

If you still can’t access the company file because of multi-user mode error H202, follow the next troubleshooting solution.

Solution 4: Configure Windows Firewall to Remove Restrictions on QuickBooks

With the instructions below, first, we will add firewall port exceptions for QuickBooks and later add QuickBooks Desktop as an exception in the Windows Firewall.

Step 1: Create and Add Firewall Port Exception for QB Desktop

If you have more than one version of QuickBooks installed on the system, you will need to follow the instructions below for every version.

  1. Enter Windows Firewall in the search bar at the bottom of the desktop screen and select it in the search results.
  2. Now go to Advanced Settings and right-click on Inbound Rules.
  3. Choose the New Rule option and click Port.
  4. Click Next and ensure the TCP option is selected.
  5. Enter the ports mentioned below in the Specific Local Ports field.
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2020 and later: 8019, XXXXX.
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2019: 8019, XXXXX.
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2018: 8019, 56728, 55378-55382.
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2017: 8019, 56727, 55373-55377.

NOTE: If you have QuickBooks 2019, 2022, or any later version, dynamic ports will be used. These ports are automatically assigned during QuickBooks installation, and these are specific firewall ports, not a range. having a dynamic port ensures the QuickBooks application has a dedicated port for uninterrupted operations.

  • Hit Next after entering the port number and click the Allow the Connection option.
  • Hit Next again and make sure all the profiles are marked when prompted.
  • Click Next and enter a name for this new rule. For e.g., QBPorts(Year).
  • Click Finish to finalize the process and follow the same steps to create Outbound Rules. Just choose Outbound Rules in Step 2 above.

If you want to get the dynamic port number for your QuickBooks Desktop, follow the instructions below.

  • Enter QuickBooks Database Server Manager in the search bar at the bottom of the screen and select it from the results.
  • Go to the Port Monitor tab in the QuickBooks Database Server Manager and locate your QuickBooks version.
  • The port specific to your QuickBooks version will be displayed on the screen, and you can use it to create firewall port exceptions.

Step 2: Create Firewall Exceptions for QB Desktop on Windows

In this step, we will add QuickBooks and other crucial executable files (.exe) as exceptions in Windows Firewall.

  1. Open Windows Firewall settings again and go to the Advanced Settings section.
  2. Locate and right-click the Inbound Rules option and choose New Rule.
  3. Select Program, click Next, and hit This Program Path.
  4. Select Browse and choose one of the files mentioned in the table below.
  5. Hit Next and choose Allow the Connection.
  6. Hit Next, and when prompted. Make sure to select all the profiles you see on the screen.
  7. Hit Next and enter a name for this new rule, like QBFirewallException(name.exe).
  8. Follow the steps above and create Outbound Rules for all the QuickBooks executable files. Just choose the Outbound Rule in step 2 and follow the rest of the steps.
Executable filesLocation
AutoBackupExe.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
Dbmlsync.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
DBManagerExe.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
FileManagement.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
FileMovementExe.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
QuickBooksMessaging.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
QBW32.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
QBDBMgrN.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
QBServerUtilityMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks
QBCFMonitorService.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks
QBLaunch.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks
QBUpdate.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks\QBUpdate
IntuitSyncManager.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\Sync
OnlineBackup.exeC:\Program Files\QuickBooks Online Backup

NOTE: If you see (x86) mentioned in the Program Files folder name, this indicates you are using a 64-bit OS. Also, if you have a third-party antivirus installed, visit its official website and look for the instructions to add a program as an exception. Follow those instructions and add QuickBooks as an exception in the antivirus program to remove any restrictions.

Restart the computer to apply all the changes to the Firewall and antivirus settings and retry to access the company file from the workstations where you encountered an error. If you still meet QuickBooks error H202, move to the next solution.

5. Check Server and Workstation Connectivity Using the Ping Command

Let us check if there is a connectivity issue due to which your workstation can’t connect to the server.

Step 1: Enable Network Discovery on Server and Workstations

You will need to enable the network Discovery on the server and every workstation that is receiving error H202 while accessing the company file.

  • Search Network in the Windows search bar and select it from the results.
  • Go to the Network and Sharing Center and select Change Advanced Sharing Settings.
  • Now look at the Network Discovery and File and Printer sharing section.
  • Check and make sure you have selected the Turn on network discovery option.

Step 2: Get the Server Name using CMD

In this step, we will get the server name to use later to run the Ping command on the workstations receiving QuickBooks message code H202.

  1. Press the Windows + R keys, and this will launch the Run dialog box on the screen.
  2. Enter CMD in the text box and press Enter.
enter cmd in the text box and press enter
  1. Now, enter the command ipconfig/all and hit Enter.
write command ipconfig/all and hit enter.
  1. You can now see the server name next to the Host Name in the Windows IP Configuration section.
  2. Take note of the server name and follow the next step.

Step 3: Ping the Server from the Workstation

Follow the steps below on every workstation where you are getting QuickBooks company file error H202.

  1. Press the Windows + R keys to launch the Run dialog box and enter CMD in the text box.
  2. Press Enter and enter the command ping [your server name] in the CMD window.
  3. Press Enter again and check if you get a reply for each packet sent to the server.
  4. Repeat the same steps on every workstation, getting error code H202.

If you notice no loss of packets with a prompt reply, the connectivity of the workstations with the server is fine. Thus, you should proceed to the next troubleshooting solution.

However, if you find that the packets are lost or you are receiving a slow reply, you must contact a professional and get in touch with one now.

6. Edit the Host File and Add your Server to It

Adding your server to the Windows Host file ensures all workstations in the network can locate the server system in the network, and no network issues arise. Before proceeding, take a pen and paper to note the details and ensure you log in as an admin on both server and workstations.

Step 1. Get the Name and Address of Your Computer

  1. Press Windows + R to launch the Run command dialog box and enter CMD in the text box.
  2. Press Enter and type the ipconfig /all command in the CMD window.
  3. Take note of the IP address (or IPv4) and the Host Name, and repeat the same steps on all the workstations connected to the server.

Step 2. Make the Necessary Changes to the Windows Host File

You will need to perform the steps below on both the server and workstations connected to it

  1. Exit the QuickBooks Desktop program and press Windows + E to open the File Explorer window.
  2. Now, move to any one of the locations below.
    • C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\Etc
    • C:\Windows\Syswow64\Drivers\Etc
  3. Find the host file in the folder, double-click it, and select Notepad.
  4. Enter the IP address and then the computer name in the file. You must use the Tab key to enter the space between the IP address and the computer name.
  5. Also, you need to ensure that the server system has the workstation’s IP address and computer name, and the workstation should have the server system’s IP address and computer name.

Step 3. Save the Changes Made to the Host File

Once you have made the required changes to the server and workstation host file, we will save the changes with the instructions below.

  1. Click the File tab in the Notepad and select Save.
  2. When prompted, enter “hosts” as the file name and ensure that you include the quotation marks.
  3. Choose Desktop to save the host file and locate the file on the desktop.
  4. Right-click the host file and select Copy.
  5. Go to the folder from where you accessed the host file earlier.
    • C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\Etc
    • C:\Windows\Syswow64\Drivers\Etc
  6. Select the host file in the folder and right-click it.
  7. Select the Rename option and add OLD at the end of the file name.
  8. Click Continue and press Ctrl + V to paste the copied host file.
  9. Select Continue to conclude the process.

If, even after making the required changes to the server and workstation host file, you receive QuickBooks error code H202 while accessing the company file, follow the next solution.

7. Set QuickBooks to Host Local Files Only

Setting QuickBooks to host local files only will ensure that no other system in the network will try to host the company file.

  1. Open QuickBooks and go to the Product Information screen by pressing the F2 key
check quickbooks product information screen
  1. Look at the bottom of the screen, and you will find the Local Server Information section.
  2. In this section, select Hosting to Local Files Only.

Once done, retry to access the company file on the workstation getting QuickBooks error H202 and check if this solution resolves the error. If not, follow the next troubleshooting solution and recreate the network data file.

Solution 8: Recreate the Damaged Network Data File

Recreating the network data (.ND) file will get rid of issues that arise from a damaged or corrupt file. If that was the reason for the QuickBooks error H202, this might fix it.

  1. Press the Windows + E keys to open Windows File Explorer and enter *.ND in the search bar at the top.
  2. Windows will now search and display the file with .ND extension.
  3. Right-click the .ND file and select Rename.
  4. Add .OLD at the end of the file name. It must look like .ND.OLD.
  5. Now, run QuickBooks Database Server Manager using Tool Hub.
  6. Select Start Scan.
  7. Once done, retry to access the company file.
Conclusion

The solutions given in this guide will help you resolve QuickBooks error H202 while switching to multi-user mode or accessing the company file.

H202 is a complicated error and it can often be tricky to resolve it. If self troubleshooting doesn’t fix the issue, connect to an expert in the Asquare Cloud Hosting team. The team will run diagnostics using advanced tools and ensure you eliminate the error in the short time. Reach out to the Asquare Cloud Hosting’s expert team and allow them to take care of this dreaded multi-user error in QuickBooks Desktop.

If You Don’t Have QuickBooks Database Server Manager on Host Computer

Let us show you how to download and install QuickBooks Database Server Manager (QBDBSM) on your host computer. You only need QBDBSM on the host computer, not the workstations.

a. Download QuickBooks Database Server Manager

QuickBooks Database Server Manager comes with the QuickBooks Desktop installation file; you only need to download and install QuickBooks to update it.

download quickbooks database server manager to fix h202
  1. Firstly, visit the QuickBooks Product Download Page, select Yes, and click Next.
  2. Select the Country, Product, and Version, and hit Search.
  3. Noe, select Download, and the QuickBooks setup file will be downloaded to the default downloads folder.

b. Install QuickBooks Database Server Manager

Installing QuickBooks database server manager is quite simple, and you can do it by following a few easy steps below.

  • Close all applications that are running on the system, including QuickBooks Desktop.
  • Go to the folder where you downloaded the QuickBooks setup file and double-click the Setup_QuickBooks.exe file.
  • Follow the instructions in the installation wizard, and when prompted, choose Custom or Network Options.
  • Click Next, select the best option to set up the network, and click Next again.
  • If you already have QuickBooks Desktop on the server system, installing it again will not overwrite any data, so proceed without any concerns.
  • Now select the option that says, ‘I’ll be using QuickBooks Desktop on this computer, AND I’ll be storing our company file here so it can be shared over out network’ if you have planned to use both QuickBooks and database server manager on the system.
  • Select ‘I will NOT be using QuickBooks Desktop on this computer’ if you only want to have the database server manager on the system.
  • Keep following the instructions on the screen to complete the installation and hit Finish as the last step.

Now, let’s proceed further and discuss the troubleshooting solutions that can help resolve this multi-user mode error as soon as possible.

FAQs On Error: H202

How do I identify QuickBooks Error H202??

Here’s learn how you can identify the problem of H202:
a. An error message with the code “H202” appears on your screen.
b. You are unable to access a company file stored on a different computer or server.
c. QB takes a longer time than usual to open a company file hosted on a network.
The multi-user mode in QuickBooks becomes unresponsive or fails to function correctly.
If you encounter any of these indications while using QuickBooks, you are likely facing Error H202. Identifying the error accurately is crucial for resolving it effectively and ensuring smooth access to your company file.

What ports should you include in the firewall to fix QB error H202 DNS settings??

To fix Error: H202, you need to include certain ports in your firewall settings. The specific ports you should include are:
a. TCP port 8019: This port is used for QuickBooks Desktop version year 2018 and later.
b. TCP port 56728: This port is used for QuickBooks Desktop version year 2017 and earlier.

Can deleting and recreating the .ND file help resolve error H202 in a multi-user environment?

Yes, deleting and recreating the .ND (Network Data) file can help resolve H202 issues. The .ND file is a configuration file that allows QuickBooks to access a company file over the network. Sometimes, this file may get corrupted or outdated, leading to connection issues and the H202 error.
By deleting the .ND file associated with the company file causing the error, QuickBooks will recreate a new .ND file with the updated network settings. This can often fix the H202 error by establishing a fresh connection between QB and the company file, resolving any network-related issues in the process.

What is QuickBooks Database Server Manager, and How Does it Help Host the Company File?

QuickBooks Database Server Manager, a tool by Intuit, works as the backbone of the network when you host the company file. This tool also continuously monitors your network and ensures all workstations connected to the server can access the company file without any interruptions.

What are Some of the Simplest Ways to Resolve QuickBooks Desktop Error H202?

Here are some of the most common and easiest ways to eliminate QuickBooks error H20:
a. Install and run QuickBooks Database Server Manager on the server computer and scan the company file using it.
b. Run QuickBooks File Doctor to repair any company file and network damage.
c. Repair damage in the network data file by recreating them.
d. Remove antivirus and firewall restrictions on the QuickBooks Desktop program.
e. Restarting QuickBooksDBXX and QBCFMonitorService can also help instantly tackle error H202 in QuickBooks.

Can QuickBooks Install Diagnostic Tool help resolve QuickBooks Desktop error H202?

The QuickBooks install diagnostic tool repairs the damage to the installation of the QuickBooks program. If you suspect error H202 results from a damaged installation, the chances of which are very low, you can try running the QuickBooks Install Diagnostic Tool to resolve the error.

Which Option Should I Opt for While Installing QuickBooks Database Server Manager?

While installing QuickBooks Desktop, you get two options: The Full Program and The Server Only. If you plan to use both QuickBooks and the database server manager, choose the Full Program option. However, if you only want to have a database server manager on the system, proceed with the Server Only option.

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