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A firewall is network security device or security software which is specially designed to obligate the unauthorized access based upon certain sets of the rule. Irrespective of the firewall location, whether it’s present on the server or computer, it can easily capable to block/stop the communication between the QuickBooks Point of Sale company data & computer. The Point of Sale utility is comprised of the ability to automatically detect & configures the firewall if it finds that the connections are blocked. Although, there are many time when the firewall required to configure manually by the users.

In this post, we are going to discuss about how a QB user can configure the firewall for QuickBooks Point of sale by their own. While going through manual configuration, the users should read the manual provided by the firewall program. So that they can perform the configuration accurately. You can further go through this piece of writing for further information. However, if you need any sort of technical guidance, then in that case, give us a call at +1-844-499-6700, and our technically sound QuickBooks professionals will ensure to provide you with the best possible solutions immediately.

Firewall Configuration - Screenshot

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Processes that is Interrupted by the Blocking of QuickBooks POS

Below are few programs that will be interrupted when the security program blocks the QuickBooks Point of Sale utility:

  • Electronic Funds Transfer: Processing of the Intuit’s Merchant Credit Card
  • Database Server Manager: Capability to connect & record transactions/changes to the company file
  • Intuit Entitlement Service: Product license & user validation

Most of the time Point of Sale automatically configure the firewall for you whenever the connectivity gets blocked. However, few-times you need to configure your firewall manually. If you are going to configure your firewall application manually, you should review the appropriate sections of the manual that has provided with the firewall program.

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Steps to Configure Manually Windows firewall for QuickBooks Point of Sale?

Points to Remember:

  • Firstly, You should have the authority on ‘Windows Administrator‘ rights to perform.
  • Ensure to add the required ‘Firewall ports‘ & ‘Executable files‘ for the Point of Sale utility (In case, the firewall security is a third-party program).
  • It is recommended to contact the developer of the 3rd party program to know – How to add port & file exemptions.

Manual Steps to Configure the Windows Firewall

  • First of all, You need to Press ‘Windows+R‘ keys, the ‘Run‘ command will open.
  • After that, Type ‘Control‘ & hit the ‘OK‘.
  • The ‘Control Panel‘ will appear.
  • On the right upper corner of the display, set the “View by” to Small Icons.
  • Now Choose the ‘Windows Firewall‘.
  • After that Choose the ‘Advanced Settings‘.
  • Select the ‘Inboundoption there.
  • Now Click on the ‘New Rule‘.
  • Choose the ‘Port‘, and then Hit the ‘Next‘.
  • Type the numbers of the ports, and then hit the ‘Next‘.
  • Choose ‘Allow Connection‘, and then select the ‘Next‘ option.
  • Give a certain name to your firewall rule, and then finally press the ‘Finishbutton.

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Point of Sale Firewall ports, files and location

These are the necessary ports for Point of Sale firewall configuration

PortPort Numbers
TCP(Incoming)8040, 8443, 443, 2638, 46203, 46216 – 46220, 46225, 46228, 8024, 8025, 8035, 8036
UDP(Outgoing)2638, 8024, 8035, 8036

Executable Files, Processes and Paths

See the table below for a list of ports and which program files access them.

Default PortProgram FileWhen Accessed
443EFTSvr.exeThroughout operation

Merchant Service transactions
8443EFTSvr.exeThroughout operation

Merchant Service transactions
QBDBMgrN.exe QBPOSDBServiceEx.exe
Conversion from previous version

Changing currently running database  


Detecting change to QBDatabases.ini

Help > Manage my license

Throughout operation
46203,46204EFTSvr.exeQBDBMgrN.exe   QBPOS.exe Throughout operation

Changing currently running database
8024, 8025QBPOS.exeSetup.exeWeb installation

License verification  

Throughout operation

File Locations

Note: In the following paths, XX is the highest number version you see.

Windows 10, 8, and 7 (64-bit):
Eftsvr.exe (versions 9.0 and lower)C:\Program Files (x86)\Intuit\QuickBooks POS XX\
DataImporter.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Intuit\QuickBooks POS XX\
QBPOS.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Intuit\QuickBooks POS XX\
QBPOSShell.exe (versions 10.0 and higher)C:\Program Files (x86)\Intuit\QuickBooks POS XX\
QBDBMgr.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Intuit\QuickBooks POS XX\DatabaseServer\
QBDBMgrN.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Intuit\QuickBooks POS XX\DatabaseServer\
QBPOSDBService.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Intuit\QuickBooks POS XX\DatabaseServer\
Windows 10, 8, and 7 (32-bit):
Eftsvr.exe (versions 9.0 and lower)C:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks POS XX\
DataImporter.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks POS XX\
QBPOS.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks POS XX\
QBPOSShell.exe (versions 10.0 and higher)C:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks POS XX\
QBDBMgr.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Intuit\QuickBooks POS XX\DatabaseServer\
QBDBMgrN.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Intuit\QuickBooks POS XX\DatabaseServer\
QBPOSDBService.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Intuit\QuickBooks POS XX\DatabaseServer\

Important Note: While manually configuring the firewall of the device for QuickBooks. You will see questions with several options like deny, grant, block, permit, or something similar option. You have to select all the positive options like permit, allow, or grant the permission. The action is performed for one question or for a specific file or folder wont be automatically applied to all the files or folder in the POS program.

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Final Note!

Perhaps, it could be possible that the client still encounters the problem with configuring the firewall in QuickBooks point of sale or any other issue related to QB. Well, you don’t have to be worry…!! Host Docket is a firm and dedicated team of certified Intuit accounting experts to resolve all the issues, no matter if it is related to firewall configuration, QB errors, QB Installation, or anything.

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FAQs Related to Firewall Configuration for QuickBooks POS

How do I set up firewall in QuickBooks Desktop?

You can set up firewall port exception using the steps below:
1. At first, open Windows start menu.
2. Now, enter windows firewall into the search bar and also open windows firewall.
3. Once done with that choose advanced settings.
4. The next step is to right click the inbound rules and later on create outbound rules.
5. Choose port and hit next.
6. After that ensure that TCP is selected.

How do I fix firewall issues in QuickBooks?

To fix firewall issues in QuickBooks, you need to perform the steps below:
1. At first, open QuickBooks database server manager and there choose start scan, in case the company file gets displayed.
2. If not, then browse to the location of company file, and choose start scan.
3. The QuickBooks database server manager will repair the firewall and security permissions on its own.

What is the firewall standard configuration?

Configuring firewall involves configuring domain names and internet protocol addresses and completing various other actions to keep firewall secure. Note that the firewall configurations are based on network types that can be set up with security rules.

How do I stop windows firewall from blocking QuickBooks?

You can simply add an exception for QuickBooks in firewall ports using the steps below:
1. At first, click on the windows tab.
2. Further, in the search bar, enter firewall
3. You now have to click on enter tab.
4. Click on windows firewall option.
5. And then, click on the advanced settings tab.
6. Once done with that, right click on the inbound rules field.
7. Select new rule
8. Also, click on port. “

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