What is RDS and how does it work with QuickBooks Point of Sale 2013?

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RDS, or Remote Data Sharing, is a setup that can be configured when you have your main installation of QB POS on one computer, and QuickBooks is located on another computer on the same network.

The RDS Server is installed on the QuickBooks computer, and the RDS client is installed on the QB POS computer.

When it is setup correctly, the RDS application will allow QB POS to send the financial exchange data to the QuickBooks system. It opens QuickBooks just enough to fire the data into it, then closes it.

So what are the pro’s and con’s?

When POS and QuickBooks are installed on the same system, the configuration to send data is pretty painless. RDS adds a layer of additional complexity.

Even when both POS and QB are on the same system, you can still get issues sending the data from time to time. RDS complicates this as you are not sure where the issue lies. Is it network connectivity? Has QuickBooks installed an update?

In the past, the RDS application was pretty fierce. If it worked, it would work for a while, then stop. Or in some cases, it just never worked. Intuit has done a lot of behind the scenes work on RDS and it appears that it is pretty stable now.

If you would like to use RDS, Intuit support has an article that provides an installation guide, and the RDS server and client downloads.

You can find the article here: