Homegroup or Network

I am hooking up 7 computer to a back end table on one computer.

Should I hook them up through a homegroup? Or do it through the Network sharing? Is there an advantage either way?


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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
My preference is networked because it Is far more generalized. Homegroup restricts to certain user folders.

Please see my article on Folder Sharing.


It serves to network any machine on my home network.

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using acces DB on network is not recommended go for SQL
MySQL is open source and free version and you can connect it to access as well
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Access should work on a fast home LAN. But access should not be used remotely.
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Dale FyeOwner, Developing Solutions LLCCommented:
I disagree with Laxmang, Access works great on a network, so long as it is a LAN or a very fast WAN.

I assume that when John said "should not be used remotely", he meant using linked tables over a WAN.  

I strongly discourage using Access with the Front-End on any device that is communicating with an Access Back-End over WiFi.  This is database corruption just waiting to happen.
DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft Access MVP)Database Architect / Systems AnalystCommented:
"using acces DB on network is not recommended go for SQL "
l'm sorry, but that is simply false in every respect. In fact, it could not be more misleading :-(

"Access should work on a fast home LAN. But access should not be used remotely."
As Dale noted, not clear what you mean by 'remotely'.  Terminal Services - a 'remote' solution ... works very well.

To answer the OP's question ... the bottom line is ... whenever you Link to tables in an Access back end database on a 'server' (in this case another computer on your network), you should always use the Full UNC Path to the Folder that contains the back end .... eg \\SomeComputerName\SomePath\SomeDbName.

This is the time proven approach in Access.

Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE )Infotrakker SoftwareCommented:
Put me down for strongly disagreeing with Laxmang too. Access works perfectly fine on a LAN, assuming it's setup correctly.

I'm not in a position to give you expert advice on the homegroup versus <anything else>, but John Hurst seems to have you straight on that one.
Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
<No Points wanted>

The thing with HomeGroups is that they are specifically set up for the "Home".,   not really your business.
This means that certain other common networking features may not be available (like robust security, ...etc)
See here for more info:

You did not state what version of windows will be hosting the network,  ...but the lower versions of Win 7 do not support HomeGroup Sharing (Join Only)

There may be a cost considerations as well....
cansevinAuthor Commented:
Thanks to all!
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@cansevin  - You are very welcome and I was happy to help. Good luck networking.
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