Quicken DOES work on a network!

Contrary to all the posts I've seen on this site saying that Quicken doesn't work over a network, I'd like to report that in my experience it works just fine.  As always, however, the devil is in the details.First, a few caveats:- I do not work for Quicken, and do not represent them in any way.- I understand that Quicken explicitly does NOT support Quicken over a network.  You have been warned_ proceed at your own risk!Having said that, here are the details:- I've been using Quicken Basic for Windows over a network for about 10 years.  (I have no experience with Quicken for Mac, or other Quicken products).- By "network", I mean a peer-to-peer network of PC's running various flavors of Windows, most recently NT, 2000, and XP pro.  I don't do XP home or Vista anything.- Quicken is installed on each machine where we need it (usually 2 or 3).- Quicken's data files are stored on a shared network disk, usually on our home server, but sometimes on whatever machine is convenient.  We never use Quicken's default location for its data files.*** The machine that hosts the Quicken data files must "share" the drive or folder containing the files.*** Each other machine that wants to access the data files must "map" the shared drive to a local drive letter, and access the files through that network drive.*** Quicken won't open a data file if you try to access it through "My Network Places".- I don't know what will happen if you try to open the same data file on two different machines simultaneously.  We Don't Do That, and I Don't Advise It.- We don't use Quicken's built-in backup feature.  We back up our Quicken files along with the rest of our important data.I hope this is of use to some of you.

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Quote:" Quicken DOES work on a network!: Wow!  I'm curious what's different about our setups.  I've been a software..."I've always assumed any program could work over a network and have used Quicken over a network from time to time without problems._ I do all my backups to network shared drives using Windows Schedules Tasks in the middle of the night instead of Quicken backups, because trusting Quicken to back itself up would be like trusting congress to regulate itself.When you say "** The machine that hosts the Quicken data files must "share" the drive or folder containing the files." obviously they also have to allow others to change the files (full control)._ It could be that there are some files in other folders like c:Documents and SettingsUserNameLocal Settings emp that need to be shared._ I don't know because I have my whole C drive shared for users that I trust._ I know that's unstylish and unrecommended, but it simplifies life a lot.I don't know if it matters, but I'm also only running "real" operating systems with non-compressed NTFS file systems and I don't use Simple File Sharing._ Instead I use user_and group based_permissions._
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