If you're not sharing your QuickBooks company file with other users, we recommend you save your company file on the same computer as QuickBooks.
You can use the default location—the QuickBooks Company Files folder—or you can select a different location. If you choose to save
your company file in a different location you should save it in its own folder. As you use QuickBooks you'll create other files that
will be saved to the same location as the company file.
If you use QuickBooks Pro or Premier in multi-user mode, where you
save your company
file can affect performance.
On a peer-to-peer network
If you have a peer-to-peer
network, your company
can be on any connected computer on which you installed QuickBooks
Pro or Premier. Put the file on the fastest, most powerful computer
that has QuickBooks installed. This helps when users have other applications
open while working in QuickBooks. It also helps when you're running or printing large
reports, reconciling accounts, or paying tax-related liabilities. When you
do any of these tasks, you get the best performance if you do them from the
computer that has the company file.
On a peer-to-peer network, the computer with your company file must always be on and accessible to other users.
On a client-server network
If you have a client-server
network, your company file typically resides on the network file
server. This is the recommended method for sharing a QuickBooks company file. When you need to run or print large reports, reconcile accounts,
or pay tax-related liabilities, use the fastest, most powerful computer connected
to the server.