H202 QuickBooks Error

What Does the Error Code H202 Mean in QuickBooks, and How Do You Fix It?

Users frequently report getting error code H202 in QuickBooks while switching to multi-user mode. This problem typically denotes a blocked multi-user connection to the server machine that houses your QuickBooks company files (QBW). You won’t be able to access the QuickBooks company file if you can’t connect to the server computer.

What is Error H202 in QuickBooks?

QuickBooks company files (QBW) are kept on a server computer on a multi-user network. Workstations are any additional computers linked to the network that don’t house QBW files. H202 QuickBooks issue occurs when a workstation is unable to access a corporate file that is located on another computer. This is what the error message says:

Error code: H202

Open QuickBooks Database Server Manager from the start menu on the machine where the company file is stored. In order to repair the connection, the Database Server Manager will analyse your files.

QuickBooks Error Code H202

Figure 1 – QuickBooks Error Code H202

What Results In Error H202 In QuickBooks?

When QuickBooks Desktop tries to connect to the company file but is unable to communicate with the server for one of the following reasons, error code H202 is generated:

  • Unsuitable hosting configuration settings
  • Incoming and outgoing communication is being obstructed by the firewall on the server computer.
  • an issue with the DNS server.
  • The IP address of the host system or server holding the company file cannot be obtained by QuickBooks.
  • On the server machine, certain internal QuickBooks services like QuickBooksDBXX or QBCFMonitor are not active.
  • Network data file (.ND) damage or

How Can QuickBooks Error H202 Be Fixed?

NOTE: Make a backup of your QBW file before implementing the remedies described in this section. You can always go back and restore the original data if you do this.

To correct the problem, Intuit advises using the QuickBooks Database Server Manager. However, if you’ve already tried that and the H202 issue persists, try the following fixes:

Follow these steps to ping your server:

  • Type run into Windows search bar to open Run window.
Windows Search Bar

Figure 2 – Windows Search Bar

  • In the Run window, type cmd into the search box, and click Enter.
Enter cmd in run window

Figure 3 – Run Window

  • Enter ping [servername] to ping the server name from your workstation, and press the Enter key.

NOTE: Make sure to keep space between ping and your server name. Also, don’t include brackets around the server name when executing this step.

You should fix the network if you notice packet loss or receive a delayed response. If so, move on to Solution 2.

Solution 3 – Set up your firewall so that QuickBooks Desktop can run

Verify that QuickBooks is not being blocked by the firewall settings on the server PC. For comprehensive instructions on how to put QuickBooks ports exception on the firewall, read the topic titled “Configure Firewall and Internet security settings for QuickBooks Desktop.”

Once you’ve configured the firewall settings, try launching QuickBooks in multi-user mode on your desktop. Try the following solution if the issue doesn’t go away.

Solution 4 – Verify that the QuickBooks Services are active

Verify that the server computer is running QuickBooks services. To see if the QuickbooksDBXX services are active, follow the steps described below. Then, repeat same steps for QBCFMonitorService.

  • Type Run into the Windows search bar.
  • In Run window, type services.msc, and then hit Enter.
  • In Services window, browse and double-click QuickBooksDBXX on the list.

NOTE: XX notes is your version of QuickBooks.

  • The QuickBooksDBXX Properties window is displayed. Select Automatic as the Startup Type.
  • The Service status must be set to either Running or Started. Or else, select Start.
QuickBooks Services Window

Figure 5 – QuickBooks Services Window

  • Next, choose the Recovery tab.
  • Choose Restart the Service from all three drop-down menus: First failure, Second failure, and Subsequent failures.
Select Recovery Tab

Figure 6 – Select Recovery Tab

  • Click Apply, and then click OK to save the changes.

The procedure for QBCFMonitorService is the same. Once you’ve finished, launch QuickBooks on each computer. Switch to Multi-user Mode can be selected by clicking the File menu. Everything should open properly if that’s the case.

Solution 5 – Windows Hosts File should contain your server

You must edit the Windows hosts file in order to add your computer server. Follow these steps to do so:

  • To access the Windows hosts file (on the machine producing the problem), navigate to any of the following locations:
  • C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\Etc.


    Windows Hosts File

    Figure 7 – Windows Hosts File

    • Double-click the hosts file.
    • When prompted with ‘How do you want to open this file’, choose Notepad.
    Select program to open Windows hosts file

    Figure 8 – Select Program to Open Hosts File

    • In the hosts file, after the last IP address, enter Server’s IP address followed by server name.

    NOTE: Use TAB key instead of space bar for separating IP address and server name.

    Add Server Details to your Hosts File

    Figure 9 – Add Server Details to your Hosts File

    • From the File menu, choose Save.
    • Click Exit.

Try opening the company file in multi-user mode after completing the aforementioned steps. Continue to the next solution if this one doesn’t work.

Solution 6 – New Folder for Your QBW File Creation

Next, make a new folder specifically for your QBW file:

  • Make a new folder on the server machine.
  • To share company files, share the folder and configure Windows access permissions.
  • To the new folder, copy the QuickBooks Database (QBW) file.
  • Launch your corporate file once more in multi-user mode.

Solution 7 – Select Local Files for Hosting

By doing the following actions, you may make sure that no other client system is attempting to host the same business file:

  • Press F2 to bring up the Product Information screen after starting QuickBooks.
    • In the lower left corner, select Hosting to reflect ‘local files only’ under Local Server Information.
    QuickBooks product information screen with hosting set to local files only

    Figure 10 – QuickBooks Product Information Screen

Solution 8 –  Launch QuickBooks Database Server Manager once more

Restarting Database Server Manager has been credited with helping many QuickBooks users fix the H202 problem. This is how:

  • Type services.msc into the Run window, then hit OK.
  • Select Stop from the shortcut menu by selecting QuickBooksDB19 (2009), QuickBooksDB18 (2008), or
  • QuickBooksDB17 (2007).
  • Start can be chosen with a right-click. Next, shut the window.
  • List the extensions for popular file types.
  • Select Explore > Tools > Folder Options by performing a right-click on the Windows Start button.
  • Clear the box labelled “Hide extensions for known file types” by selecting the View tab.
  • Once more, select the Show hidden files and folders option from the View menu, then uncheck the box next to “Hide protected operating system files.”
  • Click Yes in the Warning window, then press OK.
  • Get rid of Windows Explorer.

Solution 9 – Recreate the.ND file after deletion

To fix the problem, try removing and generating a new corrupt.ND file:

  • Type *.ND into the Windows search box, then press Enter.
  • Right-click the.ND file in the Results window and select Delete.
  • When asked to confirm deletion, do so.
  • Click Windows Start after that.
  • Click QuickBooks Database Server Manager under All Programs.
  • On the Scan Folder tab, click.
  • Browse the corporate file folder after clicking Add Folder.
  • Click the OK button after selecting the company file. The Folder with QuickBooks company files field contains the company file’s path.
  • To begin the scanning process, click Scan.
  • Click Close once the scan is done.

How else can you proceed?

After trying all of the aforementioned fixes, if the issue still exists, you can ask for assistance from the QuickBooks customer support team.

Keep in mind that data loss can result from improperly implementing the aforementioned methods. It is advised that you back up your firm file as a result. However, employing Stellar Repair for QuickBooks® Software can be beneficial if you believe that your company file is seriously corrupted or destroyed. You can use the software to fix all the issues with your QuickBooks application and the QBW file.

Why Choose Stellar Repair for Software from QuickBooks®?

  • Without altering the original file, the sophisticated QuickBooks File Repair Software can restore severely
  • corrupted and damaged QuickBooks (QBW) files.
  • can assist in reducing the likelihood of persistent mistakes, programme freezes, and data loss.
  • recovers all of the company’s data, including that of its clients, suppliers, and staff.
  • An interactive user interface quickly reads a QBW file and shows a preview of any data that can be recovered.
  • Can QuickBooks backup files be used to retrieve data? (QBB)
  • Supports both QuickBooks 2021 and earlier iterations.

Final Words 

QuickBooks error code H202 can be a tough one to resolve. However, with the right solutions by your side, you can overcome it and all other such problems to keep working on your QuickBooks financial transactions, uninterrupted. This post covers all the solutions that can help you get rid of the QuickBooks error H202. But, make sure to back up your QuickBooks company files and keep Stellar Repair for QuickBooks® software handy for repairing the QBW file and recovering its data.






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