I'm upgrading to a new server at an accounting firm and had a question about multiple years of QuickBooks.
In the past, I've always set up the server with each year of QuickBooks configured as the database server only. There's no need to actually run the application on the server. Because it is an accounting firm and some clients have older versions of QB, they need to be able to access the different years. With my old approach, there are multiple instances (different years) of the QB service. While this doesn't appear to cause problems, I generally like to simplify when practical. I'm thinking that a simpler approach may work.
They don't need multi-user access for any of the files except for some current (QB 2018) ones. My thought is that I don't have to install the database server for the older years. If someone opens the file, their local copy of QB can manage it as a single user with no issues. If this is the case, I can just install the QB 2018 database server and leave the other years alone.
Am I on the right track or do I really need to install the older ones?