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Accessing the MS Office Access Database

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Hi,

Kindly let me know is there a way to access the Access Database through web but without using sharepoint server. If it is possible, then kindly let me know how to do it.
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It is paid, and also not available for download yet. Kindly let me know if there is any other way to achieve the same.
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The only other method is to use a terminal services server and publish it as a Remote App.  Users can then access the DB through a browser.  Some also use Citrix to do the same.   You are however not running it as a web app.   Your doing a RDP session via a browser.

Beyond that, there is nothing you can do with a Access Desktop app to make it available through a browser.

Jim.
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Hi Jim,

Can you kindly provide a link which explains how to achieve the above?
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Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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You'll need Windows Server 2008 and up running in terminal services mode.

With that, there are two ways to present an app:

1. As RemoteApp  - This is where you place a shotcut on the users desktop.  Click it starts a RDP session.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc730673(v=ws.10).aspx

2. Through TS Web service - This is where the user opens a browser, connects to your portal, and then uses remote apps there, which can include a full desktop.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771908(v=WS.10).aspx

It's important to note that in both these cases, the application is running on the terminal services server, not on the users desktop.   This doesn't make your application into a web based app that runs off a web server.

That means the app may need to be modified slightly, but it will basically work just as it does if you were running it on your desktop.

This is great for existing desktop applications as long as they are handling the user load OK.

 But if your looking to take an Access desktop application and turn it into a true web based app (say because you need to support hundreds of users), then it means a total re-write.

Jim.
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