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Install the QuickBooks Database Server Manager

This article provides steps in installing QuickBooks Database Server Manager (QBDBSM).

Note: To meet the recommended QuickBooks Desktop requirements for optimum file performance on the network, this tool should be installed and set up on the computer where the QuickBooks Desktop company files are stored.

Detailed instructions


Quick Tip
  • QuickBooks Database Server Manager (QBDBSM) is responsible for creating Network Data files (*.nd) for any company files stored on the host computer. If you are using Multiple Versions of QuickBooks Desktop, the Database Server Manager for each version must be installed.
  • Installing multiple versions of Database Server Manager will give you multiple versions of processes but not multiple versions of software.
  • If you are using multiple versions of QuickBooks Desktop, it is a must to install the Database Server Manager for each version in a chronological order (from oldest to newest).
  • Loading the Database Server Manager for each year, ensure that the year’s database service is running in the background. In the Windows Services interface (accessible via the Windows Control Panel), these services are listed as "QuickBooksDBXX," where XX represents the version number (ex. "27" is for QuickBooks Desktop 2017 and "26" for QuickBooks 2016).
  • The QB Database Server Manager install for each QuickBooks version will add a user (ex. QBDataServiceUser27 for 2017 and QBDataServiceUser26 for 2016).


  1. Start the Installation Wizard.
  2. Click Next if the computer is connected to the Internet and able to download an update. If not, click No, and click Next.
  3. Close other open programs and click Next.
  4. Read the terms of the Software License Agreement. If you agree, select I accept the terms in the license agreement and click Next.
  5. Select Custom or Network Options.
  6. Choose an installation type:
    • Choose I'll be using QuickBooks on this computer AND I'll be storing...  if you will run the QuickBooks program on this computer.
    • Choose I will NOT be using QuickBooks on this computer..., if you will only store QuickBooks data on this computer.
  7. Select Yes, allow access.
  8. Enter the License Number and Product Number (the text at the bottom of the window tells you where to look for it).
  9. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete installation.
  10. Setup the Database Server Manager after it has been installed.


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