QuickBooks is one of the preferred accounting software that is taken up by small and medium-sized businesses. It comes with many advanced features like customer and inventory management, payroll management, etc. Besides, one of QB's core benefits is that it allows you to access your account from the company file from the host system or server system. But, things become complicated if the QuickBooks Hosting Mode is Off. If you are stuck in such a scenario, you must follow this blog to determine the resolution methods.

Technical Tips:

  • You must keep track of the hosting system or your server as a network drive for every connected system.
  • The folder in which you have stored your company file must be shared with all the workstations.
  • Make sure that you configure QuickBooks for multi-user mode.

Troubleshooting Steps For Turn On Hosting Mode In QuickBooks

Install The QuickBooks Data Server Utility

You must install the QuickBooks Database server manager on your server to configure QuickBooks for multi-user mode. If it is not available, then you must try to install it manually.

  • Firstly, log in to Windows with Administrator rights.
  • Besides, you must have a stable internet connection.
  • QuickBooks software must be installed on the local system. If it is not, then you must do it.
  • From the main menu of QuickBooks, navigate to File > Switch to Multi-User mode.
  • When the confirmation dialog box pops-up, click on OK.

How Can You Turn The Network Discovery On?

If the QuickBooks Hosting Mode is still not enabled, you have to turn on the Network Discovery mode. Moreover, it is an optional step and is not mandatory to perform it. Therefore, performing these steps will allow you to see any QuickBooks company file when you try to open it via the UNC path.

The Windows OS will validate if the Password Sharing option is ON or not. If it's on, it will be easy for you to log in to the network as it won’t require any password. Follow the below-mentioned steps to turn it off:

  • Firstly, open the Control Panel and navigate to the Network Sharing Center.
  • Then, click on the Change Advanced Sharing Settings option.
  • After that, move to the profile that you are using currently.
  • Click on the Turn on Network Discovery option from the Network Discovery window.
  • Further, you have to locate the password protected sharing option and then disable it by clicking on Turn Off.
  • Lastly, click on Save and then restart your system.

You must follow the same steps on all the connected workstations to ensure that your QuickBooks hosting mode is off issue is resolved in every system. Now, you will be able to use the QuickBooks Desktop in multi-user mode. If still, you are facing this error then you have to open the QuickBooks Company file. follow the mentioned below steps to open the company file.

How To Open The Company File?

  • You have to go to the File menu followed by the Open or Restore Company File option.
  • Browse to the folder where you have stored your company file and then select the company file.
  • Then, click on Open.
  • When prompted, enter the user credentials.

We hope the troubleshooting methods mentioned in this blog would help you get rid of the QuickBooks Hosting mode is off issue. If you are unable to fix the error even after following the listed solutions, then we suggest you give us a call on our Toll-Free number +1-855-948-3651. Our experts are available round the clock for your assistance.