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[QODBC-Desktop] How does the 30 day evaluation work and How to evaluate the Desktop Edition
Posted by brad waddell on 12 March 2009 05:21 PM

Instructions for Evaluation

     Once you install QODBC it's a full running Server Edition evaluation for the first 30-days allowing you to build, develop and test any type of application you wish with the only restriction being 20 writes per session the driver is loaded into memory. This information is shown on the "Installation Completed" install screen:

How to Run the Evaluation

     Although the once off 30-day evaluation is the Full Server Edition. You can use QODBC with desktop-based applications such as MS Excel, MS Access, Crystal report or with service-based applications such as ASP, ASP.NET, PHP, Web Server, SQL Server, Windows Service-based applications.

 

Please refer to articles for more information:

Desktop applications.

How to Use QODBC with MS Excel 2016 / 365 / 2013 32-Bit

How to Use QODBC with MS Access 2016 / 365 / 2013 32-bit

How to Use QODBC with MS Access 2016 / 365 / 2013 32-bit (Import Tables)

How to Configure QODBC to Work With Excel 2016 64-bit

How to Configure QODBC to Work With Access 2016 64-bit

How to Use QODBC with MS Excel 2010

How to Use QODBC with Microsoft Access 2010

How to Use QODBC with MS Excel 2007

How to Use QODBC with Microsoft Access 2007

How to Configure QODBC to Work With 64-bit MS Excel

How to Configure QODBC to Work With 64-bit MS Access

Accessing QuickBooks data with QODBC Driver using MS Excel 2010 & MS Access 2010 (Video)

How to Use QODBC with MS Access

 

Web Server

How to build a QuickBooks IIS Web application using QODBC Driver and Microsoft ASP.NET (Video)

Sample Code for Inserting InvoiceLine to existing Invoice using PHP

 

QuickBooks Data Remotely

Using QuickBooks data remotely via QODBC.

Accessing QuickBooks Data Remotely using QODBC & QRemote. (Video)

 

MS SQL Server

How to create Link Server with MS SQL 2005/2008/2012 64-bit Using QODBC/QRemote

How to create Link Server with MS SQL 2005/2008/2012 32-bit Using QODBC/QRemote

Using QuickBooks data with MS SQL Server using QODBC Driver and QRemote (Video)

 

Note: DCom component is deprecated. As an alternative to DCom, you can use QRemote.

 

Use DCOM Servers Unchecked

     If the Use DCOM Servers is unchecked as shown below, the evaluation will only run as a Read/Write Desktop Edition mode.

Use DCOM Servers Checked

     The Use DCOM Servers is required for any Windows Service connections and requires a Server Edition of QODBC and QuickBooks to be running on the Server Console. They are more secure and require no extra overhead but are more rigid on how it is setup and it can be difficult to configure the security of the DCOM servers. Check the checkbox for Use DCOM Servers to run the 30-day evaluation in Server Edition mode.

Special Instruction with Sample Company File

     If you're working with the QuickBooks sample company file, this option is available to check even if you do not have a Server Edition license and will be ignored if you open a standard company file and do not have a QODBC Server Edition or evaluation.

Evaluation Expired

     Once the 30 day evaluation period expires you will need to purchase a QODBC license to continue using the product or you may request an additional 30-day evaluation registration code. Please be sure to state clearly which country version of QuickBooks you are using, i.e. USA, Canada, UK, or Australia.

     This download link will always link to the latest tested version of QODBC. To update QODBC, click on the download button, save the download file to disk and install over the top of your current QODBC installation (do not uninstall QODBC unless directed to do so by a support member):

See: How to install QODBC in Windows XP/Vista for more.

 

Questions and Answers

Question

     If the evaluation period is over but I am using the sample company file, will the DCOM server mode still function?

Answer

     The QODBC DCOM Servers work with any QuickBooks Sample company file, but you still need to have either a full license or be running in a 30-day evaluation mode. If your 30-day evaluation has expired, you can continue evaluating QODBC by using a sample company file or by installing QODBC on another computer. If you need to access your company file on your expired computer you may also purchase a Support Incident where you can request a Limited 30-day full product CDKEY.

Question

     How can I tell if the activation worked or not? It says "Activated" but the interface still looks the same. If my 30 day evaluation period has expired and then I attempt to activate, will activation work or do I need to start on another machine? What are some tests that I can run that will indicate if the QODBC is activated?

Answer

     Look at the About in the QODBC Setup screen, it displays the current license status. Even with an expired QODBC evaluation, you can still query any QuickBooks Sample Company file.

 

Note: DCom component is deprecated. As an alternative to DCom, you can use QRemote.

 

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Comments (3)
Scott Karmin
04 May 2013 05:25 AM
Just tried to install 30 day evaluation copy on Win 7 desktop. It immediately reports that evaluation has expired. Why?
Peter Allen
27 January 2016 08:54 PM
I just tried to install the 30 day evaluation copy on WIN 7 desktop. It immediately reports that the evaluation has expired. How do I fix this.
Jack
28 January 2016 06:52 AM
Hi Scott, Peter,

QODBC will show evaluation expired only when you have already used QODBC evaluation. I think there might be QODBC installed on that machine earlier & used evaluation period. You can’t use QODBC evaluation twise.
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