Running Quickbooks Enterprise V12 on Terminal Server 2008
Posted on 2012-09-09
I need to setup a server based system for my customer who will have 3 active users on Quickbooks Enterprise version. The user base will be around Five thorough the year, but peaks up to 10 people during the tax filing season in April. They have about 400 clients ranging from single taxpayer to small to midium size businesses who depend on their tax services. My customer provides full tax service to some and some customers send them "accountant version of QB data".
I have setup servers for my customers, but never set up Quickbooks Enterprise and Intuit told me that they would walk me thru the installation process, so I am worried about that part. They also told me that Windows 2008 Server R2 is compatible with QB Enterprise, but not Windows 2012 that I just purchased.
I would like to understand what kind of demand QB has on system so that I can prepare the system in terms of resources like HD space, Memory allocation .. etc.
That said, I have a new server box with lastest CPU, 32MB RAM, 2TB of HD (RAID). I purchased Windows 2012 Server (that comes with Windows 2008 R2 license) and SBS2011 VL.
My plan is to install W2012 on the server box to run Hyper-V and install two VMs - one for SBS2011 (DC, AD, Exchange, Printers, User Data and QB Data) and one for W2008 R2 as terminal server (where I will install QB client/program only).
Some experts on the board recommended that I DO NOT set up QB Enterprise on SBS2011 due to Exchange. Rather I would need to setup another (W2008 R2) VM just to run QB Enterprise.
My question to you (hopefully you have experienced in installing and managing QB Enterprise) is if it is necessary to dedicate a separate server/VM just to run QB Enterprise.