Stand-Alone Client Manager

Updated: 2020-07-17

Do you work alone? Do you use TaxCycle on just one computer? Do you want to keep the Client Manager private from others on your network? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you will want to set up a stand-alone Client Manager.

You must have Administrator privileges on the computer to set up the Client Manager.

  1. Click on Set up a server the first time you run the Client Manager, or when you open the setup wizard (learn more in the First-time Client Manager setup help topic):
    Set up a server icon
  2. Give the server a name. TaxCycle creates a name for you based on your computer name, but you can change this.
  3. If the Client Manager will only ever be accessed from this computer and you never one anyone to connect to it, check Create a private server. This makes it undiscoverable to other TaxCycle computers on the same network.
  4. Click Next
    Set up a private server
  5. Choose which folders the Client Manager should monitor for changes. The wizard automatically shows the list of the folders set Files and Folders options where you save your tax returns. Review the list make any changes:
    1. Check (or clear) the Subfolders box next to any folder to monitor (or stop monitoring) subfolders within a folder.
    2. Add more folder locations by clicking the Add folder button. These should be folders on the same computer where you are setting up the Client Manager. The Client Manager can also find and carry forward prior-year files from competitor software, so make sure those folders are in the list.
    3. Remove existing locations by clicking once on a folder in the list and then clicking the Remove folder button.
    4. Click the Reset folders button to pull the list of folders from the Files and Folders options.
  6. Click Next.
    Choose the folders to monitor
  7. Review the settings:
    1. Leave the Index tax returns after starting box checked so that the Client Manager will begin populating the database right away. Depending on the number of files, it may take several minutes before you can begin searching the Client Manager for files.
    2. Check Index VisualTax® files only if you previously used VisualTax®. The Client Manager does not index VisualTax® files by default because the file name extensions are standardized in a way to make it easy to detect what is a VisualTax® file. 
  8. The setup wizard automatically sets up the server to pass through Windows firewall. However, this is generally not necessary if you run TaxCycle in a stand-alone setup.
  9. Click Back if you need to return a previous screen.
  10. Click Start to start the Client Manager.
    Review the setup before starting the Client Manager