Microsoft Access & ASP.NET

I have a web application that was developed using Microsoft ASP.NET and XML for the datasource.  I'm considering changing the datasource to Microsoft Access.  I have a few questions.

1. Where should the datasource connection be established?
   Can this be done within the global.asax?
   Note: The .accdb file is located in the APP_DATA folder.

2. Can the single datasource (.accdb) connection remain open throughout the user's session?

3. Will opening and closing the connection cause a performance issue?

4. Is it best to use BOUND or UNBOUND mode?
Ray TurnerSenior ConsultantAsked:
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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft Access MVP)Database Architect / Systems AnalystCommented:
Whereas this IS possible, I would suggest not using an Access DB for your backend on a web application, since Access was never intended for this purpose. I have done this, but it was a VERY low traffic situation.   I would instead be looking at SQL Server for this.
Another possibility is creating an Access 2013 Web App, which has a browser interface and the back end is a full blown SQL Server (Azure) database, managed by Microsoft (typically).

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Ray TurnerSenior ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Could I stay with XML since the information is read-only and rarely changes?
DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft Access MVP)Database Architect / Systems AnalystCommented:
Umm .... I can't really speak to that since I have never used XML as a back end data source.
However ... "Read-only and rarely changes?" ... I suppose you could try using an Access Db in this case.
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Ray TurnerSenior ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Yes.
Ray TurnerSenior ConsultantAuthor Commented:
I'm the only one with the ability to update/insert/delete a record.
DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft Access MVP)Database Architect / Systems AnalystCommented:
Since I haven't really worked with ASP.Net .... I'm probably not the best person to answer your other questions. Sorry,.
Ray TurnerSenior ConsultantAuthor Commented:
No problem.  You've given me some hope that I can make this work with Access.  I'm just looking for the simplest way to eliminate that XML layer.

Thanks!
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