Learn how to set your Windows firewall and security settings for QuickBooks Desktop:

If you are facing the issue that your firewall blocks internet access for some of the specified QB programs, then there is a probability that you will face further errors that could hinder smooth working of QuickBooks desktop. You can get rid of these errors by either updating the firewall to the latest version or by configuring the firewall software. Moreover, you can also add some exceptions for QuickBooks firewall ports.

There can be various other steps that the user might require to carry out, in order to get rid of various errors. In today’s post, we are going to discuss the process to configure Firewall and security settings for QuickBooks desktop. If you are looking for the same, then make sure to read this post till the end. However, you can also get in touch with our QuickBooks enterprise support team via our toll-free number i.e. 1-888-383-0323. Our experts and certified QB professionals will provide you with relevant answers to all your queries.

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What is Firewall?

Before you explore the ways to configure QuickBooks firewall ports, it is essential to first understand, what actually is firewall. Firewall is a must have application that saves the system from various threats like, malware, viruses, and unwanted programs. In certain cases, the firewall blocks the internet access required to run QuickBooks and the company file. This kind of issue is often encountered by the users while using QB desktop in a multi-user environment. in such as case, the user will have to update the firewall to the latest release, or manually configure the firewall. The process to configure and update firewall will be mentioned later in this post.

Windows Firewall - Screenshot 1

Methods to Configure QuickBooks desktop firewall ports and security settings

Checkout the following steps to configure firewall & internet security settings for QuickBooks desktop:

Method 1: Automatically Configure firewall ports

You can run the QuickBooks File Doctor tool to resolve network related errors. This tool will open all the blocked ports. Also this tool can be used for configuring the Windows firewall.

QuickBooks file doctor icon - Screenshot

Method 2: Manually Configure Exceptions for QuickBooks Firewall Ports

Step 1: Add QuickBooks Firewall Ports Exceptions

In case you are using multiple versions of QuickBooks desktop on the same PC, follow the below given steps for each QuickBooks version:

  1. In order to add firewall port exceptions for QuickBooks, the initial step is to open Windows Start menu.
  2. And then, type in Windows Firewall into the search option, followed by opening Windows Firewall
Windows Firewall - Screenshot
  1. The next step is to click on Advanced Settings
  2. And right click on Inbound Rules, along with that select New Rule.
  3. Once done with that, the user is supposed to select Port and then hit Next.
Choose Port Option (QuickBooks Database Server Manager) - Screenshot 1
  1. Make sure that TCP is selected.
Ensure TCP option is Checked - Screenshot
  1. Enter the ports which you need for your QuickBooks year versions, in the specific ports field.
Configuring QuickBooks firewall and security exceptions - Screenshot
  1. The ports can be selected from below options:
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2020:8019, XXXXX
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2019: 8019, XXXXX
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2018: 8019, 56278, 55378-55382
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2017: 8019, 56727, 55373-55377
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2016: 8019, 56726, 55368-55372
  1. The user will then have to Enter the port number and hit Next.
  2. Once done with that, the user needs to click on Allow the Connection and then, click on Next.
Allow the connection - Screenshot
  1. Moving ahead, the user needs to ensure all the files are marked, only if prompted.
Firewall Setting up in QBDBSM - Screenshot
  1. After that name the rules and click on Finish.

The user will have to repeat these steps for Outbound Rules. The same steps are to be carried out, only instead of select inbound rules, select outbound rules and you are good to go.

After these steps, open QuickBooks Desktop again in QuickBooks multi-user mode and check if the problem has been resolved.

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Step 2: Make firewall Exceptions for your QuickBooks programs

There are some executable files which are used by QuickBooks. Find this list go through the selection below to configure the firewall or antivirus program. Follow the steps below for each file:

Executable filesLocation
AutoBackupExe.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
Dbmlsync.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
DBManagerExe.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
FileManagement.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
FileMovementExe.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
QuickBooksMessaging.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
QBW32.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
QBDBMgrN.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
QBGDSPlugin.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
QBServerUtilityMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks
QBCFMonitorService.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks
QBLaunch.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks
QBUpdate.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks\QBUpdate
IntuitSyncManager.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\Sync
OnlineBackup.exeC:\Program Files\QuickBooks Online Backup

The point to be noted here is that, if the user finds Program Files (x86), it means that he/she is using a 64-bit operating system.

  • The very first step is to open Start menu.
  • Followed by typing in windows firewall and opening the same.
  • The next step is to press Advanced Settings and Right-click on Inbound Rules.
  • After that, click on New Rule >> Program >> Next options respectively.
  • The user is then required to choose the Program Path and Browse options
  • Followed by finding file location and select Next
  • Now, click on Allow the Connection and hit Next.
  • Also, ensure that all the files are marked and then click on Next
  • The user is then required to create a rule, and name it. After that choose Finish
QuickBooks Firewall Port (Create a New Rule) - Screenshot
  • You can repeat the steps for Outbound Rules as well.

Step 3: Configure Firewall Programs

  • When a user uses a number of firewalls and the changing versions, then the Intuit is unable to do the additional configuration setups. Take help from the software publisher’s website.
  • Intuit is not involved in supporting different internet security programs. Therefore, you would have to add exceptions for QuickBooks firewall ports. In case the error still persists, then add the following directories to your anti-virus program.

Step 4: Add QuickBooks Firewall Port Extensions on your Antivirus or Firewall

Ensure that the TCP is chosen. Enter all the ports which are required. In the manually configure QuickBooks firewall ports exceptions, see the port number suitable for your QuickBooks version. Add ports for each year in case you have used multiple year versions of QuickBooks Desktop.

Executable filesLocation
AutoBackupExe.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
Dbmlsync.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
DBManagerExe.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
FileManagement.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
FileMovementExe.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
QuickBooksMessaging.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
QBW32.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
QBDBMgrN.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
QBGDSPlugin.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
QBServerUtilityMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks
QBCFMonitorService.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks
QBLaunch.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks
QBUpdate.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks\QBUpdate
IntuitSyncManager.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\Sync
OnlineBackup.exeC:\Program Files\QuickBooks Online Backup

If you are using a 64-bit Operating System, then add executable files at the location Program files.

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Steps to Configure firewall for QuickBooks desktop point of sale (POS)

When the firewall blocks the connectivity between the server and the client workstations, point of sale configures the firewall automatically for the user. At times, the user might require to configure the firewall manually for QuickBooks desktop point of sale. When the security program blocks QuickBooks desktop point of sale ports, the below processes are interrupted:

  • Electronic Funds Transfer: The Intuit Merchant services credit card processing
  • Database server manager: Ability to connect and record transactions
  • Intuit Entitlement Service: The product license and user validation

Important Points

  • The user needs to have Windows Admin rights in order to perform the steps
  • Also, in case of third party security program, the user needs to ensure to add the firewall ports and executable files that QuickBooks desktop point of sale needs

Firewall configuration for QuickBooks Desktop Point of Sale (POS)

In order to configure the firewall for QuickBooks desktop point of sale, the below steps can be followed:

  • The very initial step is to press Windows + R keys to open the run command
  • And then, type in control panel and also click on OK tab to open the control panel
  • The next step is to set the view by to small icons and then opt for the windows firewall
  • Now, choose the advanced settings and select inbound
  • After that, new rule is to be selected
  • Followed by selecting port and then hitting next
  • The next step is to enter the port numbers and then click on next
  • Also, choose allow connection to select next
  • After that name the firewall rule and click on finish
  • Also, follow the steps for outbound rule.

Point of sale firewall ports

PORTPORT NUMBERS
TCP (Incoming)8040, 8443, 8036, 8035, 8025, 8024, 46228, 46225, 46216-46220, 46203, 2638, 443
UDP (Outgoing)8036, 8035, 8024, 2638

Executable files and required ports

DEFAULT PORTPROGRAM FILETASKS THAT REQUIRE THE PROGRAM FILE
443* EFTSvr.exe* Throughout operation
* Merchant Service transactions
8443* EFTSvr.exe* Throughout operation
* Merchant Service transactions
2638* DataImporter.exe
* EFTSvr.exe
* QBDBMgr.exe
* QBDBMgrN.exe
* QBPOSDBServiceEx.exe
* Conversion from previous version
* Changing currently running database.
* Startup
* Detecting change to QBDatabases.ini
* Help > Manage my license
* Throughout operation
46203

46204
* EFTSvr.exe
* QBDBMgrN.exe
* QBPOS.exe
* Throughout operation
* Changing currently running database
80248025* QBPOS.exe
* Setup.exe
* Web installation
* License verification
* Throughout operation

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File locations

FILELOCATION
Eftsvr.exe (v9 &lower)

DataImporter.exe

QBPOS.exe

QBPOSShell.exe (v10 & higher)
64-bit:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Intuit\QuickBooks POS XX\

32-bit:
C:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks POS XX\
QBDBMgr.exe

QBDBMgrN.exe

QBPOSDBService.exe
64-bit:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Intuit\QuickBooks POS XX\DatabaseServer\

32-bit:
C:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks POS XX\DatabaseServer\

Winding up!

After following all the above steps now you are able to configure QuickBooks firewall ports and security settings and check that you are able to use your software correctly. However, if the problem still occurs, then something is blocking QuickBooks and needs to be resolved.

For this, you can contact our experts at our toll-free QuickBooks support phone number i.e. 1-888-383-0323. Our experts are available 24*7 and will guide you to troubleshoot the error.

 

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