Steps to Fix QuickBooks can not switch to multi-user mode or QuickBooks multi-user mode not working problem

QuickBooks users who switch from single-mode to multi-user mode may face some technical glitches. The multi-user mode may not function or errors such as QuickBooks Error code H202 may appear on their computer screen. Also, these errors may be passed on to your server without showing up on your system. In that case, you may receive an error that reads “QBDBMgrN was not running on this computer. These multi-user mode related issues may impede your productivity and cause monetary losses.

To help you avoid the above-mentioned consequences, we have created this blog post. So read on and learn how to fix the QuickBooks multi user-mode not working error. Or an alternative to this can be to get in touch with our certified Intuit professionals and experts, who will help you in dealing with this issue in the least possible time. All you are supposed to do is to ring up at our toll-free number i.e. 1-800-761-1787, and leave the rest on us. Feel free to get in touch with us today!

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What is QuickBooks multi-user mode not working error?

QuickBooks Multi-User Setup Mode Not Working Problem - Screenshot

Multi-user mode is one of the most compelling features offered to QuickBooks users, which allows multiple users can work on the same company file at the same time. In order to access this feature each user must have the QuickBooks license on the workstation. At times this multi-user mode might not work due to some issues. This error might occur when the workstations tries to launch a company file located on the server system. Also, in certain cases this error might not appear on the screen, but the QuickBooks might continue to work in single user-mode.

Note: To setup multi-user mode in QuickBooks desktop read the following article.

What Causes QuickBooks multi-user mode not working problem?

One or more of the following causes may trigger QuickBooks multi-user mode not working error:

  • QuickBooks isn’t installed on the server
  • Inappropriately configured hosting settings
  • System firewall or antivirus software may be obstructing communication between user computers
  • The database server doesn’t have rights to open the QuickBooks company file.
  • Windows file permissions aren’t set properly
  • QuickBooks database server manager is not installed on your server computer
  • .ND file is corrupted, damage or incorrect
  • Your QuickBooksDBXX services is not started yet

Prerequisites before resolving the issue

The user can follow the steps to fix the error, the user can check these prerequisites:

Troubleshooting steps for QuickBooks multi-user mode not working issue

Some of the most common errors that you receive after switching from single-user mode to multi-user mode are H101, H202, H303, and H505. Below are five steps suggested by our experts that can help you get rid of QuickBooks multi-user mode not working error.

Solution 1: Install and Run QuickBooks File Doctor tool

QuickBooks File Doctor - Screenshot

This is one of those steps that you can resort to upon receiving most of the QuickBooks issues. Download the QB File Doctor tool (if not integrated with your QuickBooks) from the official website of Intuit. It will help you analyze if your computer system is aptly set-up for using QuickBooks multi-user mode. Once installed, run the QuickBooks file doctor tool and see if the problem has been resolved.

Note: You can download file doctor using QuickBooks tool hub program.

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Solution 2: Make Use of QuickBooks Database Server Manager

  • Go to QuickBooks Database Server Manager on the server by typing the database in the Start menu
QuickBooks Database Server Manager - Screenshot
  • If you are unable to locate folder locations, use “Browse” for locating the folder where company file/files are stored. At last, click OK and then the Scan button.
Scan Company File in QuickBooks Database Server Manager - Screenshot

These steps should fix firewall permissions. Now, check again if the multi-user mode not working issue been resolved.

Solution 3: Verify host mode on all user computers

  • Start the user computer and go to the QuickBooks File menu and then Utilities. If you find Host Multi-User Access on the list, go to a different computer.
Host Multi-User Access - Screenshot
  • If you spot Stop Hosting Multi-User Access on the list, select that and disable hosting to enable QuickBooks single-user mode.
Stop Hosting Multi-User Access - Screenshot
  • After it’s certain that the hosting mode is turned off on all user computers, check if the multi-user mode not working error has been fixed.

Solution 4: Make sure the QuickBooks services are running

In order to use QuickBooks in multi-user mode, the software’s services such as QuickBooksDBYY (YY is the year of QuickBooks) and QBCFMonitorService should be running on the server computer.

  1. Go to Windows search bar and search for service.msc
Type services.msc in Run Box - Screenshot
  1. Check if QuickBooksDBXX service is in the Services window list. If the service is unavailable, follow these steps –
    • If you use the Database Server Manager, ensure that it is installed on the server. QuickBooks Desktop (for different years) installed on the computer- different corresponding Database Server Manager should be installed.
    • If the complete program is run on the system, hosting must be enabled on the server.
  2. Next, double-click QuickBooksDBXX service and the value should appear Automatic within Startup type on the screen. Service started can be Running or Start button.
QuickBooks services are running - Screenshot
  1. Select restart the QuickBooksDBXX service for the first, second and following failures under the Recovery tab.
QuickBooksQBXX Recovery Tab option - Screenshot.
  1. Perform the same steps from 1 to 4 for the QBCFMonitorService.

Now, go to a user computer and open QuickBooks in multi-user mode and check if QuickBooks multi-user mode not working issue has been resolved. If the problem still exists, check membership of QuickBooksDBXX service. It should be a part of the administrator group. Also, it should include all the necessary permissions.

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Solution 5: QuickBooks must be able to send data

Perform the following two-steps solution to fix multi-user mode problem:

Step 1: Change the settings of firewall and antivirus

Firewall or antivirus may be the main cause of QB multi-user mode not working error. In case the issue is born out of firewall setting, you can set-up exceptions in the settings and allow QuickBooks for transmitting data. If your antivirus is causing the issue, configure it to fix the error.

Adding important files to the firewall - Screenshot
  • The user needs to open the Control panel from the Windows start menu.
  • And then, look for the Windows firewall option, followed by hitting Enter.
  • The next step is to click on the allow an app through windows firewall option.
  • Moving ahead, the user needs to tap on change settings, and then check-mark the box that can be seen under the public list for QuickBooks application.
  • Now, the user needs to hit OK option and then click on the public for the application.
  • Also, the user needs to make an attempt to run QuickBooks in the multi-user mode and check whether the errors are fixed.

Step 2: Test path and ensure QuickBooks can communicate with the server

This step will require you to turn on Network Discovery.

  • Press the Windows button and R key (Windows +R) to open the run command and type ping [servername] and hit Enter key.
type ping [servername] - Screenshot
  • On the user computer, use UNC (Universal Naming Convention) to reach the shared folder in the server.

Step 3: Go to the company file following the UNC path

Step 4: Create a new company file folder

Create a new company file folder - Screenshot

Solution 6: Rename .QBW.TLG and .QBW.ND

Rename the .TLG and.ND files - Screenshot
  • In this method, the user needs to open the QuickBooks desktop company file.
  • And then, the user needs to press the F2 key.
Product Information window - Screenshot
  • Moving ahead, the product information window appears on the screen. And then, under the file information, the user can spot the location of the company file. Also, the .TLG and .QBW.ND files can be located in the same folder.
  • Right click on the files to rename them.

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Solution 7: Add your server to windows host file

Edit windows host file- screenshot
  • The very first step in this process is to use the notepad on the system facing the issue, access the windows hosts file.
  • After that, the user can find the host file at (C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\Etc\)
  • The next step in the process is to open notepad as admin, if required
  • Then, type in the server’s IP address
  • Moving ahead, the user needs to use the tab key and then type in the server name
  • Now, click on the save option from the file menu
  • After that make sure to hit Exit
  • The last step is to lookout, if issue of QuickBooks multi-user mode not working is fixed

Solution 8: Ping the server from a workstation

  • For this method, the user needs open the start menu on the server and workstations encountering the error.
  • Now, type in Network and then open the network and sharing center.
Network and sharing center - Screenshot
  • And then, the user is supposed to click on change advanced sharing, and from there the user should turn on network discovery and file and printer sharing.
  • The next step in the process is to get the name of the server.
  • Moving ahead, the user needs to type CMD in the run window and then hit Enter.
Type CMD in Run box - Screenshot
  • Followed by, in the CMD window, enter ipconfig/all text and then hit Enter.
Enter ipconfig-all - Screenshot
  • And then, the user will see the server name next to the host name on the screen.
  • The next step is to note down the host name and keep it safely.
  • In order to test the server, the user needs to move to the workstations.
  • The user is then required to click on the start menu and then open up the run command window.
  • Followed by, typing in the CMD in the Run window.
  • The last step in the process is to type “ping_[your server name],” and then hit enter. And then type in the server name without the brackets.
Ping the server from a workstation - Screenshot

For the company file, create a new folder on the hosting system. Also, you would require folder and Windows access for sharing the company files. Now, create a new folder and paste or move the .qbw to the new storage location. Try using QuickBooks in multi-user mode and see if the issue has been resolved.

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Solution 9: Configuring the default setting

The user can configure the default setting and can fix the issue. This will resolve the multi user mode not working error. The steps to be followed over here are as follows:

  • The very first step is to open QuickBooks and then click on files tab
  • After that, click on utilities and also select the option to host multi-user access
Hosting Multi-user Access-in QuickBooks - Screenshot
  • Also, add the desired number of users with the company file
  • Followed by, clicking on cancel, in case the multi-user mode is already enabled, then you will be asked to disable it
  • The last step is to create different login credentials for different users and then setup is complete to be used.

Solution 10: Reinstalling the QuickBooks software

The user can reinstall QuickBooks software, in order to fix the QuickBooks multi-user mode not working issue. The steps to be followed for this process are as follows:

  • At first, the user should click on the start tab and then move to the control panel
  • After that, look for QuickBooks from programs and features
Programs and Features - Screenshot
  • The user is then required click on QuickBooks and carry out uninstallation process
Uninstall or Reinstall QuickBooks - Screenshot
  • Once done with that, move to the official website of Intuit and then download the required version of QuickBooks
  • The last step is to click on the multi-user mode hosting and switch to it

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In case the QuickBooks multi-user mode not working issue still persists after performing the above given steps, you can contact our 24*7 QuickBooks error support team for quick and precise services. We are available at 1-800-761-1787 with our 24/7 hour of customer service.


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