Quickbooks file sharing
Posted on 2005-02-26
I need to be able to share Quickbooks data between different locations. I would rather not complicate the infrastrucutre by creating a VPN to the Quickbooks PC. So, my initial work is to design an Internet-based solution. The first PC does all of the the data entry, while the other sites does no input (e.g., run reports and look up information). I am thinking of storing the files on a third-party server, such as X-drive.com or connected.com. A few questions arise:
1. Do I have to close the files before I copy them to the third-party server. I know the Quickbooks backup closes the files, but do I REALLY have to? If I do not, then I can write a small program to periodically copy the files to the Internet drive. I could do it every five minutes to keep the Internet files updated.
2. Is there any chance that Quickbooks can use an "internet drive" like X-drive to store files directly. I know performance would be slow, but it would let all locations access the files.
I can't use Quickbooks Online because we use the manufacturing version.
Thanks for any ideas and comments!!