Until July I had been using my 5-year-old copy of QuickBooks Pro 6 to handle the bookkeeping for my consulting business. Using QuickBooks, I spent, on average, no more than a few hours each month doing data entry and bank reconciliation. While I was pleased with the reporting features and workflow, I was equally dismayed about the growing number of QuickBooks menu options and features that were becoming inaccessible with each successive upgrade of the Mac OS. While I could have chosen to upgrade my copy of QuickBooks to the current build, I decided to give MYOB AccountEdge 2008 a try. While data migration went smoothly using MYOB’s converter, I ran into a major bug that forced me to rethink my implementation of the product at my office.
I chose to purchase and install the Network Edition of AccountEdge 2008. I chose the network edition over the standalone version in order to learn how to implement and support this software program in a multi-user office environment. I installed AccountEdge NE on my OS X 10.5 server that I had set up in Standard configuration. Once the program files were installed, I was asked to reboot the server. No big deal, I thought.
After I rebooted, I was greeted by a dialog box to initiate another system reboot to fix an MYOB permissions problem. Doing so destroyed the Open Directory Master configuration on the server to where I lost access to all of the shared services that had been running such as iCal and Mail. I keep a recent disk image backup of my server on an external hard drive, so I was able to restore my server configuration to its original state.
In view of the lessons learned, I am running AccountEdge NE 2008 on my desktop Mac and not on my server. I also submitted a bug report to MYOB regarding this issue.