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Share Shipping Manager database on a network

Shipping Manager is designed to run locally on a single computer and not on a network or terminal server environment. Depending on your system set-up, the steps provided in this article may or may not work for you.  

Important: If you set up Shipping Manager in this way, you may encounter other issues or errors related to that setup, and it is possible that the only way to resolve such issues will be to restore Shipping Manager to a local installation on one system.

Detailed information

Note: The information in this article is technical. It is directed to a computer or network technician or a qualified computer power user.

After Shipping Manager is installed, the easiest way to share a Shipping Manager database is to choose one computer to be the host computer that will store the Shipping Manager database.

  • If Shipping Manager is already on that computer, direct Shipping Manager on the other computers to use the database on the host computer.
  • If the database should be on a file server, copy the database to the file server, then direct Shipping Manager to use that database instead of the local database.

Moving the database to a network server

  1. Close Shipping Manager on all computers.
  2. If one computer has the bulk of the data, use it as the starting database.
    Note: If this is a new setup that has not shipped yet, you can use any computer that has already gone through the Shipping Manager wizard.
  3. On the file server, create a directory for the data. Be sure this directory is shared and that all users have full rights to it.
  4. Copy the data from the starting database to the file server directory.
    Note: The starting database is a hidden directory:
    • Microsoft Windows Vista/7: C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Intuit\ShippingManager\Shipping Manager v4\Database.v4

Directing Shipping Manager to use a database over the network

On each computer:

  1. Select the QuickBooks File menu and select Shipping. Then select either FedEx Shipping Options or UPS Shipping Options.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. In the upper-left corner, click Connection Settings.
  4. In the Connect via Network window, click browse.
  5. Go to the location of the database, and then select that location.
  6. Click OK twice.

The shared database is now in use. Note that some settings, such as printers, are local and are set on a computer-by-computer basis.

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