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Other available versions:

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Back up QuickBooks on Windows

This article applies to Code42 for Enterprise version 5.

Other available versions:

Version 6 | Version 4icon.qnmark.png

Overview

This article provides background information and best practices for backing up QuickBook files successfully with the CrashPlan app. 

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Considerations

The CrashPlan app can back up open files, like QuickBooks' primary .QBW file, by default. However, in Windows, the CrashPlan app relies on VSS (Volume Shadow service) to back up these open files. While VSS works great for many applications, the file formats used by certain programs can create limitations that make VSS backups less than ideal.

Although VSS can make a backup copy of your open .QBW file, the backup won't be as robust as a QuickBooks Backup file (.QBB). When you create a .QBB file with QuickBooks, the application verifies the integrity of the .QBW file, and also backs up your templates, letters, and logos. Additionally, it backs up information from Statement Writer, CashFlow Projector, Business Planner, and Loan Manager.

How it works

The best way to back up QuickBooks with the CrashPlan app is to schedule automated backups in QuickBooks (creating a .QBB file) and then add the location of these backups to a CrashPlan app file selection.

Step 1: Schedule automated backups in QuickBooks

First, configure QuickBooks to create scheduled backups. Intuit provides instructions for creating backups daily, or on specific days.

Step 2: Back up your .qbb files with the CrashPlan app

Once you have created your QuickBooks backup schedule, ensure that the location of the .QBB is included in your CrashPlan app file selection

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