Remote Data Sharing (RDS) is an alternate method for exchanging information between Point of Sale and your QuickBooks financial software over your local area network. This method allows you to share data without installing QuickBooks on your Point of Sale server workstation.


Remote Data Sharing will not work if the QuickBooks Financial software and QuickBooks company file are both on the Point of Sale server workstation.

Advantages and disadvantages of using RDS


  • Doesn't require QuickBooks financial software to be installed on your Point of Sale server workstation, which may be accessible to employees
  • Offers additional security benefits


  • More complex to set up and use the recommended setup.
  • Terminology is confusing: "Server" and "Client" for RDS purposes do not correlate with Point of Sale "Server" and "Client" workstations
  • During data exchanges, QuickBooks and the RDS server application must be running, and your file open on the computer that has QuickBooks installed.

This version of RDS is compatible with:

  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows Vista
  • Microsoft Windows XP
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008