Alternatives for accessing Quickbooks remotely

Tom S
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I'm looking for alternatives for accessing QuickBooks Enterprise remotely.  I'm looking to upgrade a server that is currently in a workgroup environment. It's a Multipoint Server, so does not require Active Directory for RDS functionality.   The users need full functionality of QuickBooks, so QB Online not really an option.  

Since Multipoint is long gone, Windows Server Standard is the only option, necessitating AD for RDS functionality.  The user base really isn't large enough to justify a Domain Controller and AD, but there is a need to access QuickBooks out of the office.  Currently 7 QuickBooks users, with the possible addition of 1-2 more in the  near future.  So, I was wondering if something like Cisco Webex or something similar is a viable alternative?

The other issue is installing QB Desktop on the 7 users PC's and accessing the Company File via mapped drive.  What's the performance hit likely to be?

Thank-you for your input.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Currently 7 QuickBooks users,  <-- That means you are using QuickBooks Enterprise. (QB Premier is limited to 5 users).


The only practical solution for this is a Terminal Server and users would log into the Terminal Server which would host QuickBooks and its data file.

The other issue is installing QB Desktop on the 7 users PC's and accessing the Company File via mapped drive.

You can do this and then provide VPN access for each user to their desktop. I think Terminal Server would be easier.

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Yes, QB Enterprise 2018.
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Why would you spend more money on Cisco when standard windows gives you a solution. AD works straight out of the box.
you dont need the edit AD just leave it at its defaults.
Majority of small business would still use AD.

You have the option of creating 2 VM's with Hyperv with a standard version of 2012 and 2016 Server. 1 VM AD and the other RDS. Ease of restoring these when if fall over is great.

Unless theres a reason you dont want to use AD other than the numbers?
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You still need to enable Terminal Server.

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of Course John 2nd VM will be RDS
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Thanks for the update

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