Here is your step-by-step guide to fix QuickBooks Multi-user switching Error H202:

Are you troubling with QuickBooks error code H202 while switching to multi-user? Don’t worry, we are here to help you. Through this article, we are going over to this error. This is a common error that you may receive while trying to use QuickBooks desktop in multi-user mode. We recommend you read this blog post till the end to learn about all the causes and troubleshooting steps to fix this issue.

This error usually appears when we try to use QuickBooks in multi-user mode or the QuickBooks fails to open a company file that is stored on another system. The error window that pops up may show that the multi-user connection to the server is blocked.

QuickBooks Error H202 - Screenshot
Error H202: when hosting company file on a non-Windows Server

The error message that you receive with the occurrence of error code h202 denotes that the QuickBooks company file is located on a different computer and QuickBooks requires some help connecting. This multi-user mode error may prevent you from opening a company file stored on another computer. You can perform all the solutions provided herein or, alternatively, contact our QuickBooks error support team via our helpline 1-800-761-1787. Our certified accounting professionals can provide you with the best possible support in resolving the error.

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What is QuickBooks Error H202 (Multi-User Switching Issue)?

Before you dig in deep and find out what factors are responsible for this error, it is better to first find out what this error code is all about. This multi-user mode error may be triggered due to multiple reasons and at varied occasions. Many users have reported to have received it while trying to switch to multi-user mode from single-user mode and opening a QuickBooks company file in multi-user mode. This error type, generally, is seen when you attempt to access company file stored on another system. This error code comes up with an error message stating:

“You are trying to work with a company file that is located on another computer, and this copy of QuickBooks cannot reach the server on that computer. (H202)”


Problem with multi-user hosting setup. QuickBooks could not open the file in multi-user mode. (H202)

Error h202 (Problem with Multi-user Access) - Screenshot

If you have also stumbled upon any such error code, then this article can be of great help to you. Herein, we have discussed all about to the QuickBooks error code H202, it’s possible causes, symptoms and few simple troubleshooting methods. So keep read on!

Reasons behind to the QuickBooks Error H202

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A communication issue between your QuickBooks desktop and the server may cause this error. Below are some of the most common reasons that cause QuickBooks H202 error:

  • Hosting settings are not configured properly.
  • Exchange of company data between QB and server is being blocked by the system firewall.
  • DNS settings are not inappropriately configured.
  • IP address of the Host or the server is not available to QuickBooks Desktop.
  • Services like QBCFMonitor or QuickBooksDBXX are not running.
  • QuickBooks Database Server Manager has some issues.
  • .nd file is corrupted or damaged.

What are the Symptoms of QuickBooks Error Code H202?

Following are the symptoms of Multi-user switching Error H202 in QuickBooks:

  • You are not able to switch to multiple-user mode.
  • You can’t open a company file located on another computer.
  • QuickBooks error code H202 message pops up on your computer screen.
  • QuickBooks has gotten slow and freezes or stopped working for a few seconds while using.
  • Your windows computer is getting slow.

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Best Ways to Resolve QuickBooks Error Code H202

Before starting to perform any troubleshooting steps, you will have to ensure that you are logged into QuickBooks as an administrator.

Method 1 – Ping your server from a workstation

Ping your server from a workstation to check the connection. Ping your server from each workstation getting Error H202.

Step 1: Turn on Network Discovery on your server computer

  • At first open the Windows Start menu on your server and workstations.
  • After that type Network into the search and open Network and Sharing Center.
Network and sharing center - Screenshot
  • Next, choose Change advanced sharing settings.
  • Now ensure that Turn on network discovery is selected in the Network Discovery and File and Printer sharing sections.

Step 2: Get your server name from your server

  • You need tp open the Windows Start menu on your server computer.
  • After that type Run into the search and open Run command.
  • Next type CMD into the Run window, and then hit on Enter key.
  • Now type ipconfig/all into the CMD window, and then press Enter key.
  • You need to search the Host Name in the Windows IP Configuration section. Your server name is on the right.
Ping the Server - Screenshot
  • Once you get it write down the host name, or copy it to a word document so you can access it quickly.

Step 3: Test network connectivity

Go back to your workstation to test the server. These steps can get complex for you, so you may reach out to an IT professional for help.

  • Open Run window by pressing (Windows+R keys) in the system where you receive error code H202.
  • Type CMD in the box and click on OK button.
  • Now, from your computer, you have to ping your server.
  • Next, type ping_server name and hit the Enter key.
Ping the Server - Screenshot Image
  • You can perform the steps mentioned above on all the systems that receive the same error.
  • In case the response you receive is slow or you lost packet, then there might be some issue with the network and a repair is needed.

Method 2 – Verify QuickBooks services

If the server is running a full version of QuickBooks, you can follow the further provided steps to start multi-user hosting mode:

  • While on the server, open QuickBooks.
  • Navigate to File and then Utilities.
Navigate Utilities Option - Screenshot
  • Select Host multi-user access.
Stop Hosting Multi-User Access - Screenshot

For verifying the running status of QuickbooksDBXX and QBCFMonitorService on the server, follow the given steps:

  • Open Run window.
  • Type in services.msc in the text field and click on OK key.
Type services.msc in Run Box - Screenshot
  • Next, select QuickBooksDBXX.
  • Check the Startup type, if it is Automatic or not.
  • If the Startup type is not set as Automatic then do it.
  • Check Service status and ensure it shows Running.
QuickBooks services are running - Screenshot
  • Go to the Recovery tab and select it.
  • After that go to the drop-down menus for first, second and subsequent failures and select Restart the service of all these.
QuickBooks services are running - Screenshot 1
  • Now hit a click on Apply and then OK button.
  • Perform all the above-mentioned steps for QBCFMonitorService.

Method 3 – Add the services QuickBooksDBXX and QBCFMonitorService to the admin group

Offer QuickBooksDBXX and QBCFMonitorService Windows admin permission on the server. If these services do not already have admin permission, then make sure they get it as this may also resolve QuickBooks Error Code H202. See if you can use the accounting software in multi-user mode. If not, move to to the next step.

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Method 4 – Configure system firewall settings

Your system firewall may sometime block data exchange between QuickBooks and the server. In that case, you can perform the following steps to configure QuickBooks firewall settings to ensure unhindered communication between QB and the server.

  • Create exceptions in settings of system firewall.
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  • Make changes to system firewall permissions and then open QuickBooks on all of the computers.
  • Select Switch to multi-user mode under the File menu.
Switch to multi-user mode - Screenshot

Method 5 – Download and install the QuickBooks Tools Hub on your server

Step 1: From the tool hub program, Run QuickBooks file doctor

QuickBooks File Doctor is a reliable, troubleshooting tool by Intuit to diagnose and troubleshoot different types of QB errors such as Error code H101, H202, H303 or H505. In order to use this tool, you must first download it (if not downloaded) from Intuit’s official website and run it. The steps involved in this process are as follows:

QuickBooks File Doctor - Screenshot
  • Select the company file from the drop down menu. In case you are unable to identify the file, then hit Browse and search to find the file.
How to Repair QuickBooks File doctor - Screenshot
  • Once done with that, hit a click on the check box for your file and then click on Continue.
  • The last step is to enter the QuickBooks admin password and then select Next option.
Steps to use File doctor tool - Screenshot

It should be noted that the scan time depends on the file size, and in majority of the cases, it might take up to 5 minutes. After the scan completes, you are recommended to open the QuickBooks software and the company file.

Step 2: Install and run QuickBooks Database Server Manager on your server

QuickBooks Database Server Manager - Screenshot
  • Look for the folder that has company files stored. You can also use the browse feature to find this folder.
  • Now tap on Start Scan button.
QuickBooks database server manager (Start Scan) - Screenshot
  • Fix system firewall setting with QBDBSM.
  • Once the scan is over, hit a click the Close button.
  • On each of the workstation on which the error appears, you have to open QuickBooks.
  • Now go to the File menu and click on it.
  • Click on Switch to multi-user mode.
Switch to multi-user mode - Screenshot
  • If you can now use QuickBooks in multi-user mode, the QuickBooks H202 error has been resolved. If the error persists, try the next solution.

Step 3: From the tools hub, use QuickBooks install diagnostic tool

Choose QuickBooks Install Diagnostic tool - Screenshot
  • In this step, you need to download and install QuickBooks install diagnostic tool.
  • Next, scan the folder, where the data file is situated.
  • After that, you are required to note down the number of IP addresses and network interfaces.
  • If the firewall status section has an Open ports tab, then enable the ports for QuickBooks.
  • Move on to test the data file connectivity.
  • Try opening the company data file and see if the issue has been fixed.

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Method 6 – Go to Windows host file and add server

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  • Firstly, close all QuickBooks windows.
  • Go to C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\Etc or C:\Windows\Syswow64\Drivers\Etc on the server.
  • Double click on hosts file and select Notepad upon being prompted for a program.
  • Manually type in IP address and then the name of the computer. For the server, type the IP and name of the computer. For a computer, type the IP of the server and the computer name. In order to separate the computer name and IP address, press Tab key on your keyboard rather than the Space bar.
  • Try opening QuickBooks in multi-user mode and see if QuickBooks error code H202 has been fixed.

Method 7 – Make a new folder for QuickBooks company file

  • Make a new folder on the server.
  • Make changes in the permissions for this new folder and QuickBooks company files to be shared.
  • Now copy (CTRL+C) .qbw file to the new folder.
  • Lastly open your company file in the multi-user mode.

Method 8 – Using QuickBooks connection diagnostic tool to fix the network issues

connection diagnostic tool- screenshot
  • The very first step is to download and install the QuickBooks connection diagnostic tool on the hosting system.
  • And then, scan the folder storing the QuickBooks company files.
  • After that note down the IP address that shows up when the QB connection diagnostic tool is running.
  • Next step is to configure the firewall ports as instructed by the diagnostic tool.
  • Also, follow the further instructions of the connection diagnostic tool.
  • And lastly try opening QB company files on the system in which the H202 error showed up.

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Method 9 – Changing the company file location

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  • Create new folder, in preferably the Drive C: on the system, to store the company file.
  • Next, choose the company file and respective .TLG file from the existing company file folder and then press Ctrl + C keys to copy.
  • After that, go to the new company file folder and press Ctrl+V keys to paste the company file.
  • Check if you can open the file in the multi-user mode.

Method 10 – Edit the QBGlobalAppConfig.ini file on the Fedora Linux Server

  • Firstly, open the Linux Terminal Window and also open the QBGlobalAppConfig.ini.
  • Now check the default range for ports and delete any spaces before and after the (=) equal sign.
QuickBooks version…fromto…
QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise 22.0 55398 = 555398 = 5
QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise 21.055393 = 555393 = 5
QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise 20.055388 = 555388 = 5
QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise 19.055383 = 555383 = 5
QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise 18.055378 = 555378 = 5
QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise 17.055373 = 555373 = 5
  • Now you can find the complete list of ports in Install Linux Database Server Manager.
  • Also save the QBGlobalAppConfig.ini file.
  • Lastly stop and reboot the QBDBFILEMON and QBDBMGRN services.

Method 11 – QuickBooks firewall ports information

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  • QuickBooks 2016 firewall Ports: 8019, 56726, 55368-55372
  • QB 2017 firewall ports: 8019, 56727, 55373-55377
  • QuickBooks 2018 firewall ports: 8019, 56728, 55378-55382
  • QuickBooks 2019 doesn’t have any static firewall ports: The ports are automatically renewed once you can run the company file in Database server manager.

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Method 12 – Setting hosting to local files

You need to ensure that no other client system is trying to host the same company file. The steps involved in this process are as follows:

  • Launch QuickBooks software and then press F2 key to open the product information screen.
  • Next, on the lower left corner, select hosting to reflect local files only under local server information.
QuickBooks product information-screenshot

Method 13: Opening windows control panel

  • You need to close QuickBooks on all the systems. QuickBooks repair can be done on all systems at the same time.
  • Furthermore, you need to open windows control panel and also choose programs and features.
  • Heading forward, you need to choose QuickBooks and click on change and repair from the list of installed programs.
  • Now permit all the positive options throughout QuickBooks software repair.
  • After the repair is complete, you need to update QuickBooks to the latest release.
Update QuickBooks desktop to Latest - Image
  • Try opening the company file for checking if the QuickBooks error H202 repair was successful.

Method 14: Renaming .TLG and .ND file

  • You simply have to close QuickBooks.
  • Open the company file folder on the server system.
  • Look for and opt for .tlg file associated with QuickBooks file having error.
  • You now have to right click the tlg file and choose rename option.
  • For changing the name, you simply have to prefix old before the file name and hit enter.
  • Try similar steps for nd file and close the folder.
  • Once you have performed these steps, the .nd and .tlg file will be created automatically when opening the company file again.
  • You then have to open the company file pressing the alt key till the file opens.
  • This would hopefully resolve all the issues.

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If you have any doubts or query or the QuickBooks Error Code H202 still persists in your software even after performing all the troubleshooting methods provided in this post, then you can contact our 24×7 QuickBooks enterprise support team by dialing 1-800-761-1787. We know that such errors may be pesky and hamper your productivity. That’s why we use advanced tools and technology to save to time and money by providing you with quick and precise QuickBooks solutions. We have all your tech needs covered – 24/7, 365 days a year.


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