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I have an Access 2007 Split DB (front & backend). I am distributing the front end to different users in different sites. The issue is re-linking the tables. How do I program when the front end is opened by the user that it checks and re-links their backend tables for them?
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by:mbizup
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There are plenty of free utilities available to do this.  Check out the downloads for Relinker samples here:
http://www.jstreettech.com/downloads.aspx
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<I am distributing the front end to different users in different sites.>

is the BE the same for all your users?
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mbizup: I cant install software.



capricorn1: Yes, BE will be the same.
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by:mbizup
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This blog post explains how to relink at startup... similar code to what you'll find in those samples:
http://blogs.office.com/b/microsoft-access/archive/2012/08/03/how-to-automatically-relink-microsoft-access-tables-.aspx
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place this code in a regular module

Sub RelinkTables()
On Error GoTo Relink_Error
Dim dbs As DAO.Database, strBEPath As String
Dim tdf As DAO.TableDef
Set dbs = CurrentDb()
strBEPath = "<complete path to your backend>"
Dim dbData  As DAO.Database
Set dbData = DBEngine.OpenDatabase(strBEPath)
     For Each tdf In dbs.TableDefs
          If tdf.Connect <> "" Then
               tdf.Connect = ";DATABASE=" & strBEPath
               tdf.RefreshLink
          End If
     Next
dbData.Close
Set dbData = Nothing

Relink_Error:
     If Err.Number = 3024 Then
          MsgBox "Unable to connect to data tables!" & vbCrLf & "Closing Application", vbQuestion, "DATA TABLES MISSING!"
          Err.Clear
           Application.Quit
     End If
End Sub


you can call the sub in the open or load event of your startup form.



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by:CMILLER
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"you can call the sub in the open or load event of your startup form."

How do I do that?
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by:Rey Obrero
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place this codes in the open event of your startup form

private sub Form_Open(cancel as integer)

RelinkTables

end Sub
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I am getting an error here

Private Sub Form_Open(Cancel As Integer)
code-error.JPG
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what is the error?
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by:mbizup
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Did you read/follow the detailed instructions at the link I posted in my last comment? (The code that cap1 posted is very similar).
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I attached the error
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by:CMILLER
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mbizup: I just looked at the link you posted. The issue is that I will have the backend in a network folder and the front end will be on several users desktops.

one of the requirements for your code is that both files have to be in the same folder.
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<I attached the error >

that does not tell us anything.. is there any error message? post them here
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by:CMILLER
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no error message, but it seemed to work after I had both files in the same network folder but thats not how I will them.

The backend will be on a network share and the front end will be on users desktops.
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The idea there is to relink a single copy of the front end before distributing it to the users, rather than relinking separate copies on the users individual computers.
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With that approach, you relink *once* and then distribute a properly linked FE to your users.
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by:Rey Obrero
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<no error message, but it seemed to work after I had both files in the same network folder but thats not how I will them.>

it will work where ever you place the FE. as long as you specify in the code the path to the BE


strBEPath = "<complete path to your backend>"


can  you post what did you place as the path to the BE
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strBEPath = "\\Server-name\Files\#DATABASES\DB-REMOTE\TEST1\REMOTE_be.accdb"
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I added the action in my autoexec macro.

RunCode - RelinkTables()
OpenForm - Main-Menu,form,,,,Normal
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The issue is that I am distributing the FE to users on different networks, while maintaining the master FE for updates.
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Do I need a buttons on my main menu for the different users network, so they run the script for there network.
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so you are calling the codes from a macro, then you need to change the "SUB" to "FUNCTION"


change this

Sub RelinkTables()

with

Function RelinkTables()
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by:CMILLER
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Changed to Function but still didnt work.
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by:CMILLER
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Ok, I got it working. There was an issue with module names and what I had in the autoexec.

When I open the FE from my desktop it connects to the path in the RelinkTables.

I think I will change it to buttons on the main screen for the different users. I will create seperate relinktables and buttons.

Thanks, for the help!
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where did you place the "RelinkTables" codes  ?
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I created the module "Function Name RelinkTables()"

With the code that you first gave me.

Then added the first line action "RunCode" with "RelinkTables()" for the arguments.
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Then added the first line action "RunCode" with "RelinkTables()" for the arguments in the autoexec macro.
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Sorry, something I just realized is that when it wasnt working I wasnt getting the Relink_Error msgbox.
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I need to add a msg after a successful relink
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Sub RelinkTables()
On Error GoTo Relink_Error
Dim dbs As DAO.Database, strBEPath As String
Dim tdf As DAO.TableDef
Set dbs = CurrentDb()
strBEPath = "<complete path to your backend>"
Dim dbData  As DAO.Database
Set dbData = DBEngine.OpenDatabase(strBEPath)
     For Each tdf In dbs.TableDefs
          If tdf.Connect <> "" Then
               tdf.Connect = ";DATABASE=" & strBEPath
               tdf.RefreshLink
          End If
     Next
dbData.Close
Set dbData = Nothing

'add this line
if err=0 then
msgbox "Linking process successful"
end if


Relink_Error:
     If Err.Number = 3024 Then
          MsgBox "Unable to connect to data tables!" & vbCrLf & "Closing Application", vbQuestion, "DATA TABLES MISSING!"
          Err.Clear
           Application.Quit
     End If
End Sub
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