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Moving from Access to SQL Server Express 2005

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I have a VB.NET 2003 application which uses an Access database. I would like to upgrade it to use an SQL Server 2005 Express database because I've read that SQL Server Express will basically replace Access and make it obsolete. Firstly, is this true? Also, if I do this, will the client then need SQL Server Express 2005 installed on his computer to run my app? Will he have to have any knowledge of SQL Server to run my app? Will he have to attach the database file to SQL Server? Is there a way to automatically instal SQL Server Express 2005 (if he requires it) during installation of my application? Is it worth while to move from Access to SQL Server Express 2005?

The application is desktop based, but reads the database from the server across a LAN. Typical usage scenario is between 1 and 5 people.

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SQL Server Express is not going to replace Access database. Do not worry. For 1-5 people use Accesss
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Hi SETP,
I personnally would go ahead for the full upgade of SQL2005. but, like iboutchkine said if you are going to have only a few people then access is good (microsoft said that Access is good for up to about 50 people). As far as working with SQL all you will have to do is change your connections and import your tables, etc. and you are ready to go with SQl2005.
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