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Avoiding Error 3734

Posted on 2007-03-29
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How to I avoid Error 3734 (The database has been placed in a state by use <name> on machine <name> that prevents it from being opened or locked)?  I am using a multi-user database in Access 2003 utilizing a form that contains a subform.  The data is in SQL Server 2005 and is linked via ODBC.  The default open mode is set to "Shared" and the default record locking is set to "No Locks".
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Are all users accessing the same Access database file?  Or do they each have their own copy of the Access file?
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In addition to what OM Gang suggested, are other users opening any object (table, form, query, etc) in Design view? If they are, then the suggestions by gang will solve this, but the bigger trouble is allowing users to open objects in Design view. Generally this is a very bad idea and can lead to no end of troubles. Users have no knowledge of data, schemas, etc etc and two simple keystroke combinations (Ctrl+A and Del) can wipe out a table permenantly.
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All users are accessing the same database file. Users are not permitted to open objects in design view.  Users originally had their own copy of the Access front end, but this problem started when we converted to one centralized front end.
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I'd recommend switching back to a distributed, individual front-end application.  That is the preferred method of deploying an front-end application - whether a native Access back-end or SQL back-end.  I just recently accepted a job to convert a single, stand-alone Access app into a BE/FE app to resolve issues exactly as you describe.
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