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Homebase database maintenance in 2020 proseries pro

I just noticed that the 2020 program does not give you options on what to fix when running homebase database maintenance like in prior versions of Proseries.  It appears that the 2020 program just automatically makes changes without telling you what its doing.  Is there a way to run database maintenance like in the prior program?

I some times have multiple copies of client data files with different planning situations and don't want the maintenance program to automatically delete my files.

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Make sure all your client files are in the default folder where they belong, nothing should automatically delete any files.

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There was a note from Orlando or someone else that this HB issue was changed for 2020 and should be rectified in a future update.

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I hope they fix it back to how the previous program worked.  The database maintenance program homebase will not show two client files with the same SS# that are located in the same data folder on the harddrive.  I'm not liking this at all.

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Employee
Employee

Hi, I just talked to the engineers.. For Tax Year 20:

* Home Base Maintenance will no longer delete / unmark returns with duplicate SSNs, and thus by design won't show returns with duplicate SSNs (but you can see them in EF Center)

* Home Base Maintenance recognizes what needs to be fixed, and do so

 

To help with priority and possible changes to make it better, could you elaborate on the usefulness/desire to

* Decide explicitly what to fix

* See what was fixed

I can guess as to why, but getting direct from you is way better. Also, are there any other changes in Home Base Maintenance you'd like to see?

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The database maintenance program needs to function like it did for the 2019 and prior programs.  For those past programs, you would run database maintenance and a window would pop up that showed the issues the routine found and gave the user the option of what to fix.  Nothing was automatic.  I want to know what is being done.  This "automatic" feature is a downgrade and not an upgrade to the program.  I need the ability to have multiple files in homebase with the same SS and names for planning purposes just like proseries has done forever (I've used proseries since the year 1999).  The solution is to put the database maintenance routine back to the way it was in the 2019 and prior versions of proseries.

Employee
Employee

Thank you for the detail. I will push for an experience that supports either automatic or manual fixing.

In the meantime, Tax Year 20 does support multiple files in homebase with the same SS. 

  • You can easily do this via the "Duplicate"  right click Menu option in HomeBase.
  • If you are manually copying files to a different directory first, you have to include the .cache file.  Then HomeBase Maintenance can be used to import whatever is in the directory.. but not yet with the fine grained control you'd prefer.

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@Orlando

The reason to allow us to choose what to do is we are a large shop and I may have 30-50 returns that I have not imported.  I may need to import 1 return to work on it now and I don't have time for it to import 30 returns.  I need the continued support to import one return and not all.  Also, there are times where it says I have to update hundred returns and I cannot wait for that to happen.

 

Dusty

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Orlando, I need your help!!

 

How do I filter homebase by clients that are locked/unlocked!?

This was so simple in 2019 and I can not figure it out for 2020! I feel so defeated!

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Employee
Employee

Very sorry for the frustration.. definitely not the direction we wanted to go with the changes 😞

  • You can sort by clicking in the gray space of the column header
  • If you hover over a column, the icon changes to a "Funnel" and you can filter

Here's sort

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Here's Filter

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This is very helpful!!!

I think I asked my question wrong. I am trying to filter by clients that are password protected. Is there a way to sort/filter by this criteria or should I just lock the clients as well so that I can sort that way?

 

Thank you so much for your help!

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Employee
Employee

Interesting. If it shows up in a column in homebase you can filter, but I don't think password protected status is a column.  Was this something you could do last year?

Locking a return is a bit heavy weight - you can't edit/change a return that is locked. Sort of a pain if you do intend to change it.  Is there some other field you could start using to sort or filter, like Client Status or Missing Client Info?  https://proconnect.intuit.com/taxprocenter/practice-management/tips-and-tricks-organize-with-proseri...

 

 

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This was something I could do in Pro Series 2019 by sorting by the "lock" column. For some reason it sorted by the clients that were password protected and it was helpful for when printing client labels/lists/etc. It kept the returns that were password protected separate. For some reason, it doesn't give me an option for if I want to sort by password protected clients. Maybe this is something you guys can implement because it is really helpful.

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This is honestly a big mistake (and step backward) for the designers/programmers/whoever to make a "fix" to something that didn't need to be fixed to start with to my $4,000 plus software.  I'm not going to jump through multiple hoops to do something that I've been able to do for the last 15 plus versions of proseries.  That's just a time waste. This 2020 version will NOT allow a duplicate file in the same data directory. I keep all my data files in ONE directory to make daily backups easier to do.  I'm not going to have multiple data directories. 

I also worry that if I do run the current database maintenance routine, a file will get deleted or messed up.  I don't trust any automatic routine whatsoever.  This needs to be fixed ASAP.  I wonder what other "updated surprises" are in store for this year.

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Where is Intuit at with fixing this homebase database maintenance problem and either putting it back like previous versions are at least allowing the user to tell it what to do? (after it runs, its doesn't even tell you what it did)  I'm running the most current version of Proseries Pro as of 1-27-2021 at 1:30 eastern time and no changes have been made.  I'm also having an issue with a new S-corp file refusing to show up in the homebase view even after running the "database maintenance"  The only way I can load that client file is from windows explorer.

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Employee
Employee

We're actively working on making it work more like it did with the old database technology.  I expect changes will go out the door in our next update, which is currently scheduled for Feb 4th.  I haven't seen the changes with my own eyes, but from what I understand it will allow for the degree of control and reporting you're asking for.  However I think there's still a few more things folks have asked for that won't be in there by the 4th - most notably "importing" files that don't have a corresponding .cache file.

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Right - that changed this year.

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