You can increase the performance of QuickBooks Desktop by optimizing your server and workstations.

This article is Part 3 in a set of four articles regarding performance issues in QuickBooks. If the steps in this article do not resolve your issues, try the steps in the other articles:


Manage your network.

Manage your data file

Enhance your computers

QuickBooks system requirements will support most QuickBooks users. If your network meets these specifications and you are having performance issues, increasing your available RAM may improve your issues. Remember that your goal is not necessarily to just increase the RAM in your network, but to increase the amount of RAM available to QuickBooks.

One recommendation regarding the amount of RAM in a server is to multiply the size of your file, in GB, by the number of your users. If your file size is 500 MB (0.5 GB) and you have 6 users, then this would suggest that you need 3 GB of RAM in your server. If you have only 2 GB and you are experiencing performance issues, consider upgrading your server to 3 GB of RAM.

Where to store your data file

  1. Where you store your company data file can have a noticeable effect on the performance of QuickBooks.
  2. You can set up a folder in your C: root directory to store your data file and ancillary files: C:\QBData\filename.qbw.
  3. Remember to move the entire data folder when you need to move the data file.

Optimize your network interface card (NIC) settings