Keep QuickBooks Database Server running 24/7

How to Keep QuickBooks Database Server Running 24/7 with Service Protector

Automatically restart the QuickBooks Database Server Windows Service when it crashes or stops for any reason. Ensure your users can access QuickBooks over the network at all times!

QuickBooks is the most world's popular small-business accounting software. The QuickBooks Database Server is a critical component that ensures multi-user access to your financial information over the network.

To monitor & protect QuickBooks Database Server with Service Protector:

  1. Install, and configure QuickBooks, if necessary. We already have QuickBooks Enterprise 11 installed on our Windows Server 2008 R2 PC.

  2. Download and install Service Protector, if necessary.

  3. Start Service Protector.

  4. Select Protector > Add to open the Add Protector window:

    Add Protector

  5. On the General tab, in the Service to protect field, choose the Quickbooks Database Server windows service. This will be named QuickBooksDBXX, where XX is the version number. Since we have installed QuickBooks Enterprise 11, our service is named QuickBooksDB21. We will use that name for the remainder of this tutorial.

    Quickbooks Database Server Windows Service: General Tab

  6. Click the Save button. In a second or two, an entry for QuickBooks will show up in the Service Protector window. Here the QuickBooks service is already running but it's not yet being monitored by Service Protector (hence the red shield).

    Quickbooks Database Server Windows Service: Created

  7. To start protection, choose Protector > Start "QuickBooksDB21". The shield icon will go to green to indicate that the QuickBooks service is being protected:

    Quickbooks Database Server Windows Service: Protected

  8. That's it! Next time your computer boots, Quickbooks Database Server will start (as normal) and Service Protector will begin watching the service to promptly restart it if it stops for any reason.

    We encourage you to edit the QuickBooks entry in Service Protector and check out the many other settings that may be appropriate for your environment. For example, send email alerts when the service fails, restart the service if it gets stuck starting or stopping, and much more.

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