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The term hosting is used to describe the situation where the computer that is storing a company file (the host) allows other computers to access the file.
QuickBooks uses a service to manage company file access:
In Windows Control Panel, you can find this service in User Accounts, under Users for this computer. Look for the service that corresponds to your version of QuickBooks.
The following diagrams illustrate QuickBooks hosting modes.
QuickBooks requires 3 conditions be met before it can allow access to company files:
Once these 3 requirements are met, you can access the company file.
The hosting mode is set for each version of QuickBooks and for each computer. It is not set for the company file or the QuickBooks installation. When multiple versions of QuickBooks 2013 or later are used concurrently, the hosting mode settings for each version are independent.
There are 3 hosting modes: Not Hosting (also known as Hosting Off), Hosting Local Files only, and Hosting Local & Remote files.