THEN: On a older workgroup network, with a much older version of quickbooks (2005), I simply moved the company files to a shared drive on a "fileserver". and then multiple users could access the company file and even access at the same time in multi-user mode.
Fast forward to a AD domain - when the company converted to AD a year ago, nothing really changed. There are still computers running that older version, pointing to the same network share.
Now, with an upcoming upgrade to Quickbooks 2014 premier, I see what looks like:
1. Stand alone
2. Host machine running quickbooks and other computers pointing to it.
3. Server install where quickkbooks program is not installed and all machines point to "server"
In prep for this I took copies of the company qbw files and verified they would upgrade fine in 2014. no problem there. But do I need some sort of "server installation" or would that give me what I already have. Can I simply install Quickooks 2014 premier on the 5 computers we bought licenses for and then just point them to that share that is already in place, or do I really need to run some sort of server setup.
What will I gain that I do not already have? Multi user mode will still work, wont it. People can be in same file in QB 2014 the same way they were in 2005? Or do I lose something?