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Firewall configuration plays an important role in the communication of QuickBooks Point of Sale company. It helps to send data to the server and the client workstation. Due to some reason, when firewall blocks the access point of connectivity. As a result of which the QBPOS automatically configures the firewall for you.

If automatically configurational of firewall fails then, manual configuration is required for third-party security, firewall files, and ports. In this post we are going to discuss what firewalls are, interruptions caused by the firewall if not configured and what steps should be taken to resolve this issue.

What is Firewall?

A firewall is a network security system, that acts as a barrier between a trusted network and an untrusted network. A firewall controls access to the resources of a network through a positive control model. This means that the only traffic allowed onto the network is defined in the firewall policy; all other traffic is denied.

Processes interrupted – when security programs block QuickBooks Point of Sale

The following programs are interrupted when QuickBooks Pint of Sale is blocked due to security reasons

  • Database Server Manager – Ability to connect and write to company file
  • Intuit Entitlement Service – Product license and user validation.
  • Electronic Funds Transfer – Intuit Merchant Service credit card processing.

Reasons why this is happening

The configuration error can be caused by any of the following connection problems:

  • Your client workstations aren’t on the same Windows service pack
  • You are a connecting with the dynamic or changing IP address.
  • Either the client or server workstation (or both) is having trouble connecting to the network.
  • A firewall is blocking access to the server.
  • The server workstation is not in multi-user mode.
  • You are a connecting with the dynamic or changing IP address.

Steps to Follow  for Firewall Configuration for QuickBooks Point of Sale

Several major firewall applications are updated regularly by Intuit with the latest Point of Sale file and port information and will automatically allow access to the ports and files needed. But sometimes this does not happen automatically. So, follow the following steps to manually configure firewall

  1. On your keyboard, press Windows+R to open the run command.
  2. Type in control and click OK to open the Control Panel.
  3. Set the “view by” to Small Icons and select Windows Firewall.
  4. Select Advanced Settings and click Inbound.
  5. Click New Rule.
  6. Select Port
  7. click Next.
  8. Enter the port numbers
  9. click Next (See Point of Sale Firewall Ports section).
  10. Select Allow Connection and click Next.
  11. Name your firewall rule (e.g. POS) and click Finish

Important points to note before Configuring QBPOS Firewalls manually

  • Contact the developer of your third-party security program for steps on how to add file and port exemptions.
  • You need to have Windows Administrator rights in order to perform the steps outlined in this post.
  • If you are using a third-party security program, make sure to add the Executable files and Firewall Ports that QuickBooks Desktop Point of Sale required.

The above-discussed steps will surely help you in configuring a firewall for QuickBooks Point of Sale. With these steps, you can manually configure firewalls. Firewall play an important role for security purposes. if you are not able to configure firewalls manually, then you need to contact QuickBooks POS support for further assistance.

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