“QuickBooks Error H202: What It Is and How to Fix It Quickly”

Understanding QuickBooks Error H202

Before we dive into the solutions, let’s understand what QuickBooks Error H202 actually means. This error occurs when QuickBooks is trying to establish a connection to the company file, but it’s unable to communicate with the server. It commonly happens in multi-user environments.

Steps to Fix QuickBooks Error H202

  1. Check your network connectivity: Ensure that all computers are connected to the same network. If you’re using a VPN, disable it temporarily and try accessing the file again.
  2. Use the QuickBooks File Doctor: This tool can automatically resolve H202 errors. Download and run the tool, then follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. Verify hosting settings: On the computer where the company file is stored, open QuickBooks and go to the File menu. Select Utilities > Stop Hosting Multi-User Access. Repeat this step to start hosting again.
  4. Edit Windows hosts file: Sometimes, the Windows hosts file can block QuickBooks from communicating with the server. Edit the hosts file to include the IP address and computer name of all computers in the network.
  5. Check firewall settings: Ensure that QuickBooks has the necessary permissions to communicate through your firewall. Add QuickBooks as an exception if needed.
  6. Restart QuickBooks Database Server Manager: Go to the Windows Start menu and search for “QuickBooks Database Server Manager.” Open it and click on the “Scan Folders” tab. Add the folder where your company file is stored and click “Scan.” Once the scan is complete, click “Close” and try opening your company file again.
  7. Update QuickBooks: Ensure that you’re using the latest version of QuickBooks. Updates often contain bug fixes and patches that can resolve common errors.
  8. Recreate the company file: If none of the above solutions work, you may need to recreate your company file. This should be done with caution, as it can result in data loss.


QuickBooks Error H202 can be a hindrance, but with these steps, you should be able to resolve it quickly and get back to using QuickBooks without any issues. If you need further assistance, consider contacting QuickBooks Enterprise Support for expert help.