How to Configure Firewall while for Multi-User Environment in QuickBooks

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Configure Firewall in QuickBooks

While using QuickBooks Desktop in a multi-user environment, users often face difficulty related to firewall issues. If your firewall blocks Internet access needed for specific QuickBooks programs or files. You may have to update your firewall to the latest release, this may resolve the issue or you may need to manually configure your firewall software.

Important: Intuit does not support any firewall or any specific/third-party anti-virus software. You may need to seek assistance from certified experts for installation and setup of the program.

There are few solutions which can automatically fix the issues related to firewall issues:

Using the QuickBooks File Doctor automatically opens firewall ports locally and over the network as well. This tool can be used to configure Windows Firewall.

Configure exceptions and ports to your Firewall Manually

  1. Open Start menu and search the word: Firewall
  2. Choose Windows Firewall
  3. On the right pane, select Advanced Settings
  4. Right-click Inbound Rules and select New Rule
  5. Click on Port and select Next
  6. Check the TCP option  and type in specific ports needed for your QuickBooks year version, if you have installed, or will be using multiple year versions of QuickBooks Desktop, you will need to add each year’s ports as well in this format:
    1. In case of QuickBooks Desktop 2018: 8019, 56728, 55378-55382
    2. The ports for QuickBooks Desktop 2017: 8019, 56727, 55373-55377
    3. Required for QuickBooks Desktop 2016: 8019, 56726, 55368-55372
    4. For QuickBooks Desktop 2015: 8019, 56725, 55363-55367
  1. Click Next and make sure Allow the Connection is selected, then select Next again.
  2. Make sure all profiles are check-marked then select Next.
  3. Give the rule a name, such as QBPorts. Click Finish when done.
  4. Repeat the steps above for the Outbound Rules (for step 4 inbound rules, choose Outbound Rules).
  5. Try opening QuickBooks Desktop again in multi-user mode or over your network to see if the issue has been resolved.

For any technical assistance – dial QuickBooks Error Support Number +1-877-263-2742

If you are still facing connectivity issues

Try making exceptions to programs QuickBooks use in Windows Firewall. Follow the below mentioned steps.

  1. Select Start menu and enter the word: Firewall.
  2. Navigate to Windows Firewall.
  3. On the right-hand side, select Advanced Settings.
  4. Right-click Inbound Rules and select New Rule
  5. Select Program, then Next
  6. Open This Program Path then select Browse
  7. Navigate to one of the paths provided in the table below (Do each one individually), then select Next
  8. Check the Allow the Connection, then select Next again
  9. Make sure that you check-mark all the profiles, if need be, then click Next
  10. Give the rule a name, then select Finish.
  11. Repeat the steps above for the Outbound Rules (for step 4 inbound rules, choose Outbound Rules).
  12. Try opening QuickBooks Desktop again in multi-user mode or over your network to see if the issue has been resolved.

You May Also Read: How To Use QuickBooks Connection Diagnostic Tool

Configure your 3rd Party AntiVirus/Firewall Programs

Important: Only perform this if configuring the Windows Firewall does not resolve the issue.

  • Due to the vast number of firewall programs available and their ever-changing versions, Intuit is unable to provide additional configuration steps. Refer to your software’s documentation or the software publisher’s website for support.
  • Intuit does not support or maintain steps on the various internet security programs on the market today. In most cases, you should be fine just adding the ports above to the Windows Firewall. If you still encounter errors opening a file over a network or multi-user problems, you may want to try adding the following executable/directories to your 3rd party virus program.


Still not satisfied with the solution?

We have tried to guide you through the annoyance of Windows Firewall blocking QuickBooks, because we know it is not so simple to configure on your own as a layman. We have a team of experts with over 10 years working in this field.

Thank you for visiting our site! We hope you found this blog about QuickBooks Firewall Settings useful. You are always welcome to our website, no matter what issue you face during your usage of QuickBooks, we have tried to upload an extensive knowledge base on our site, and regularly update them with the latest patch information. If you ever feel the need for more personalized assistance, feel free to visit our QuickBooks Community and you should find the answer to your query. In case you still do not find the solution you are looking for, post on the forum and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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