Access 2010 connects to SQL Server 2008

Is it possible to directly connect Access 2010 to SQL Server 2008 without using ODBC?  If so, how?  Thanks.
thomaszhwangAsked:
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Boyd (HiTechCoach) Trimmell, Microsoft Access MVPDesigner and DeveloperCommented:
I would not recommend using a ADP.  The have been depreciated. How much longer they will be supported is not guaranteed.  Probably not much longer.

I have always used a mdd/mde or a  accdb/accde with an SQL server back end.  I use a DNS-less connection. See: Using DSN-Less Connections

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Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE )Infotrakker SoftwareCommented:
I agree with HTC, and Microsoft recommends that new server-backed database use linked tables.

Note also that you can use straight ADO connections to work with server-based data, if you're willing to handle the work of managing the data. This is known as an "unbound" application, and while it's a lot of work, it can also provide benefits as well. However, unless you're well-versed in the aspects of managing unbound data I'd suggest you stick with the bound scenario.
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thomaszhwangAuthor Commented:
Thanks.
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