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Thinking about using QuickBooks (Pro, Premier or Enterprise versions) on a VPN (virtual private network)?

You may want to rethink that plan - and fast.

QUICKBOOKS IS VERY PARTICULAR

When it comes to optimizing QuickBooks for use on various types of networks, only three types of networks get the job done:

  • Wired networks
  • Terminal services/remote desktop
  • Hosted networks

VPNs, wireless networks, network attached storage (NAS), DropBox and other setups for QuickBooks are NOT recommended for a number of reasons.

INTUIT SUPPORT WEIGHS IN ON RECOMMENDED NETWORKS

You will want to take a read through this support article from Intuit that provides some excellent background on recommended and non-recommended network types for use with QuickBooks.

CLICK A BUTTON. TAKE A NAP.

As those who have tried to use QuickBooks on a VPN have found out, the concept works - but only from a technical standpoint. It is technically true that you can connect to QuickBooks using a VPN.

The reality of trying to use this setup is this - EXTREMELY poor performance. Some businesses are literally reporting wait times of 5+ minutes for a screen to appear once they click a button inside of QuickBooks. Not too many businesses I know of will tolerate wait times like that.

SAVE YOURSELF A LOT OF TIME

If your IT provider is mentioning QuickBooks and VPN in same sentence, stop the conversation right there and have them review the Intuit support article above. You'll be glad you did!

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