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Hosting Defined

The term hosting is used to describe the situation where the computer that is storing a company file (the host) allows other computers to access the file.

QuickBooks uses a service to manage company file access:

  • QuickBooks 2018 uses QuickBooksDB28
  • QuickBooks 2017 uses QuickBooksDB27
  • QuickBooks 2016 uses QuickBooksDB26
  • QuickBooks 2015 uses QuickBooksDB25
In Windows Control Panel, you can find this service in User Accounts, under Users for this computer. Look for the service that corresponds to your version of QuickBooks Desktop.

The following diagrams illustrate QuickBooks Desktop hosting modes.


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