Fixing Quickbooks Error Code H303

by Brian on July 10, 2018

Quickbooks H303 errorAccording to Intuit, Error Code H303 indicates that the computer on which the QuickBooks company file is located needs additional configuration. This error code has multiple possible causes:

There are a number of troubleshooting steps to resolve this error that are discussed in detail in the Intuit knowledge base article linked below. Several of these steps involve checking the Hosting setting. To verify the Hosting setting, press F2 while QuickBooks is running to display the Product Information window. The Local Server Information block shows the Hosting setting at the lower left of the window.

One thing that we often find in a multi-user setup is that QB was never properly installed.   Many times more than one workstation is trying to host the QB file.  To check this make sure the Hosting setting is set to “Off” on all workstations except the one that actually runs the database.

If this all sounds very confusing you’re not alone.  We have learned the Quickbooks nuances after years of working with bookkeepers and accountants.  If you need a hand give us a call at 603-742-1118 and we’d be happy to help you locally in NH, MA and ME or using our remote tools.


see Intuit KB article on this topic:

Do I Need A Computer Server?

by Brian on February 6, 2018


What Is A Server?

A server is essentially a computer that is designed to handle larger workloads then a typical desktop computer. There are many types of servers but here are some basic types:

  • File Server: usually a central repository for a companies information. It usually serves up files and folders to users over a network.
  • Line of Business (LOB) Server: usually serves up a Line of Business (LOB) software for a company. This could be trucking dispatch software, ERP, practice management, accounting software. Examples include: Quickbooks, Visual Manufacturing, Profit Tools, Great Plains, Peachtree, Dentrix, SoftDent or whatever software drives your company and users rely on every day.
  • Mail Server: is used to send and receive emails. They can reside on premise or in the “cloud” i.e. data center

Server Manufacturers

  • HP (Hewlett Packard)
  • Dell
  • Lenovo/IBM
  • There are many others including “white box” and/or custom builds.

Buying Servers

Clients will often ask “What is the best brand to buy?” In which case, we say “it depends”. There is not one brand that is better than another; however, we lean towards Dell, HP and Lenovo. They are the big three right now. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean that a custom build or another brand is not good. It just means that the HP, Dell and Lenovo server tend to give the best “bang for the buck” when it comes to build quality, parts, warranty, and overall experience.

How Big Does A Server Need to Be and How Much Should I Spend?

This really depends on the size of your business. Your budget. How many client computers will be accessing the server. The amount of downtime that you can stomach. It’s important that you ask these questions at minimum. A qualified consultant will ask these and more to find the server that is properly sized for your organization.

If you need help choosing a server or computers for you network then contact us at 603-742-1118 and we’d be happy to help you “right size” your purchase so that you don’t have buyer’s remorse.

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