The purpose of this article is to outline some of the best practices and explain some of the potential issues a user can run into when installing the Method Sync Engine on a Windows Server environment.
While the basic installation steps are essentially the same, the added features available in an Windows Server environment can inhibit the smooth installation and operation of the Method Sync Engine. This article will explain some of these issues and provide tips to help administrators tackle these issues.
The basic installation steps are the same as a regular Method installation. You can find the Method Installation guide in our Help Center: Getting Started on QuickBooks Desktop. There are a few additional things to keep in mind when installing the sync engine on a server:
When installing Method on a server, you may run into issues where your firewall or Group Policy settings block the Method setup file from installing its components. As server environments will vary from company to company, it will be the responsibility of the Method End User to diagnose and troubleshoot these issues.
We recommend that the user has a sound grasp of the networking, firewall, group policies and overall server environment. Some areas to look into if such issues arise would be:
To bypass some issues with firewalls and network security, the Method Sync engine can be customized to use a select port range. This will allow a network administrator to open up a range of ports on their network to communicate with Method Servers.
How to set a port range:
Method has partnered with two Hosting providers, Right Networks and InSynq, to provide a hosted Quickbooks and Method solution. These providers have spent many hours and resources configuring their server environments for Method to run successfully.
InSynq provides the ability to host Quickbooks Desktop on the cloud, giving you access to your Quickbooks files anytime, anywhere there’s an internet connection. To make things even easier, the InSynq servers are already configured for Method from day one. This allows you to get up and running with Quickbooks and Method in no time. More information can be found here: InSynq.
Right Networks is one of the top Quickbooks hosting providers. They use load-balanced servers, ensuring that your data is always online, available to you when you need it. The Method Integration engine is pre-loaded on the Right Networks server, so real-time synchronization happens 100% in the cloud. Your entire business system can be accessed anywhere with internet access, safely and securely, 24 hours a day. Additional information can be found on here: Right Networks.
Method Integration does provide two separate msi packages as an alternative to the one-click Setup.exe file. These manual installations can be used when a user has issues with the one-click setup file that they cannot overcome. The two msi packages include:
Please email us at email@example.com for links to these files.
The manual install does have a number of disadvantages. These can affect the user experience of Method, and we recommend installing the one-click setup whenever possible. The disadvantages include: