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Is there a way that I can get this to install on a Windows 2003 Server?

j4piper asked
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Last Modified: 2013-11-21
I have QB2005 with 5 registered licenses.

Is there a way that I can get this to install on a Windows 2003 Server?

Is there a way that I can get it to work in a Terminal Server setting under Windows 2003 Server?

When I try to run the SETUP.EXE file under administrator on Windows 2003 it doesn't open....starts to but then doesn't open.

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Top Expert 2013

Two common ways to run it. With the application on the workstations and the data located on the server, which is very straight forward, or you can install it on the Terminal server. However, by default it is not designed to be installed on TS. There are a few modifications to make, but then it should work fine. Please see below regarding these changes.

1. Perform a normal installation of QuickBooks (in install mode!)
2. Reboot
3. Enter install mode again (change user /install), start QuickBooks and activate it by entering the registration code (this is a crucial step, and must be performed immediately following the reboot
4. Go back to execute mode (change user /execute)
5. Copy the %system root%\Intuit folder into each users %user profile%\Windows folder
6. Create a QuickBooks Users group
7. Add your users to this group
8. Give the group Full Control to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Intuit\QuickBooksRegistration
9. Give the group Full Control to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.QPG
10. Give the group Full Control to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\obja.obja
11. give the group Full Control to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QuickBooks.application
12. Give the group Modify rights to the Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks Pro folder

Also make sure that clients use short names for printers if they need to print to a redirected local printer. QuickBooks cannot handle long printer names.
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I cannot get my Server to execute this SETUP.EXE program.

I have copied all the files to a folder and tried to execute the SETUP.EXE from this folder --- no luck.

I have tried installing the SETUP.EXE program from within Add/Remove --- no luck.

I have tried the QB OEM CDROM on another computer and it works correctly.

I have shared the CDROM out from another computer --- no luck with running the SETUP.EXE.

I believe your above solution will work but I need to be able to run the Setup to make this work.


Top Expert 2013

What happens when you try Joe? Can you post the exact error for us?
-you need to be an administrator to install.
- it is 2003 right, and not server 2000 ?


just called Customer Support today, and they gave us this solution. The alternate setup.exe is in the \qbooks folder on the cd. We ran it via Add a Program on Control Panel, and then Browsed to the folder on the disc. The trick definitely is to not let the setup.exe run from the root directory, and to make sure you get to this \qbooks folder instead.
Top Expert 2013

Ah, you must have been starting manually. The "Autorun" file should have looked after it. Good to hear thanks for updating.
Assuming this is not Enterprise edition, you may still have to make the changes I mentioned earlier for persons other than the user that installed it, to be able to use the program.


please tell me where i find these files if i installed QB as administrator?  (you listed it on your first answer.)

5. Copy the %system root%\Intuit folder into each users %user profile%\Windows folder
Top Expert 2013

%systemroot% and %userprofile% shouldn't have spaces, sorry.

%systemroot% is your windows directory, so assuming you are using defaults it should be:

%user profile% is the users profile directory, again the default being:
C:\Documents and Settings\<user name>\Windows


i did check both of my settings for files as administrator -- nothing in either location.

C:\Windows\Intuit == no such file or folder
C:\Documents and Settings\administrator\Windows==no Intuit related files.

is that OK?
Top Expert 2013
>>"C:\Windows\Intuit == no such file or folder"
Odd, I don't know why that would be, I don't know if it affects it, but when you installed QB did you use the default program location C:\Program Files\Intuit ? If not see if there is a folder name matching your install directory in C:\Windows

>>"C:\Documents and Settings\administrator\Windows==no Intuit related files"
Shouldn't be any.
C:\Documents and Settings\administrator\Windows   doesn't exist for Administrator account. At least on the machine I checked, but it does for all users. In this folder, you want to place the "Intuit" folder you found in C:\Windows  only you say it is not there.

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Top Expert 2013

Thanks j4piper. Hope you were able to get it working.
Cheers !
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