Peer to Peer Network Installation in Sage 50 Accounting U.S. Edition

Sage 50 allows companies to take care of their accounts, sales, payroll and HR across various industries. Sage 50 products, such as Sage 50 Accounts, Sage 50 Payroll and Sage 50 HR can be integrated with each other, which allow businesses to utilize them as per their requirements. Users possessing multi-user Sage 50 Payroll licences are allowed peer-to-peer network installation.

For a peer-to-peer network installation, Sage 50 Payroll must be installed in every computer; this includes the computer where the data is stored, which is the host computer. All the computers have to be linked to the host computer for getting access to the data.

NOTE: Before taking the steps mentioned below, the user must log in to every computer as an administrator.


1: First, Sage 50 Payroll must be installed in the computer that will contain the data and here the companies must be created. Next, users must log in to every company and create user names for everyone using Sage 50 Payroll

2: In order to allow other computers in the network to have access to the data files, the folder containing data on the host computer must be shared and modifying rights must be provided for all the files, at the least.

NOTE: On Windows Vista, 7, 8 and Windows Server 2008 the location of Sage Payroll data files is C:\ProgramData\Sage\Payroll.

3: Next, if necessary, a drive must be mapped to the shared folder in all computers connecting to the Sage 50 Payroll data. This will allow easy navigation to the folder when the data connection is established initially. After the data connection is made, the mapped drive isn’t used any more. The complete UNC path is displayed in the ‘Open Company’ window as well as in the software.

4: Next, Sage 50 Payroll must be installed in the user’s second computer.

5: Then, it must be checked that no user is logged in to the software in the first computer. Once this is verified, Sage 50 Payroll must be opened in the second computer and user must provide the serial number and activation key and then select ‘Next’.

6: Then, the user must choose a current set of Windows data in the ‘Choose an option’ window and then select ‘Next’.

7: Now, the user must provide the ‘Payroll.mdb’ data file’s path. For example, it can be of the form Z:\Company_001\Paydata\Payroll.MDB, where ‘Z:\’denotes the drive that is mapped to the Sage 50 Payroll data folder contained in the first computer.

8: User can also locate the file by selecting ‘Browse’, ‘locate ‘Payroll.mdb’ and then selecting ‘Next’.

9: After this is done, the user must check that the company details are accurate and then select ‘Finish’.

10: If there are many companies to be browsed, the user must select ‘File’-> ‘New Company’-> and then repeat the steps 6 to 9 above.

11: Steps 4-10 have to be repeated for all the computers that will run Sage 50 Payroll.

If there’s more than one company or there are many companies, the software can be installed on every computer. Then the ‘payroll.usr’ and ‘paydata.txt’ files can be copied from the installation folder contained in the second computer to the installation folder contained in all the other computers. When the user opens Sage 50 Payroll and provides the serial number and activation key, the ‘Open Company’ window initializes on its own by default.

The steps mentioned above should help users in peer-to-peer installation in Sage 50. But if users face any problems in doing so or feel that they need more information, they should contact our Sage 50 Technical Support Team at this toll-free helpline number ☎+1-800-796-0471. The Sage help desk personnel offer expert guidance on QuickBooks products and applications.