Using Access as a connection ONLY


We have several customers using a web-based software platform and they only have access to their own data after logging in. I have an Access file that is connected to the data from this web-based software platform. The connection is created using MySQL Connector/ODBC. I have customer specific Excel files that are connected to customer specific queries in the Access file. Each week, I open these Excel files, refresh the data, and send out an updated Excel file to each customer. I was wondering if it's possible to send customers an Access file that could be used for them to be able to update their own Excel data? The Access file would obviously need to be in a state which makes it impossible for them to have visibility to any data whatsoever.

It sounds scary having a connection out there to live data in our database, but was just wondering if it's possible to provide an Access file that is limited to only being a conduit for updating an Excel file. If not, does anyone have suggestions of ways to provide these customers with the ability to get current information in a secure manner?

Thanks, Dale
Dale LoganConsultantAsked:
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Anders Ebro (Microsoft MVP)Microsoft DeveloperCommented:
You could push the data to an Azure SQL server, and then release an access frontend to each customer, along with an ini file containing a customer specific password.
On the Azure server, you then setup a view that limits rows to only shows rows valid for that connection. That way, you get the easy of use of access, combined with the security of SQL server.
Only grant permissions on that single view to the users, and they literally cannot see any other users information.

Best of both worlds.

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Kelvin SparksCommented:
You MIGHT achieve what you want with an accde (not accdb) or an accdr and using an ADODB connection, so that you don't have linked tables. It does sound risky though.

If I were trying to achieve what you want, I'd be looking to SQL Server's Reporting Services where you could have an Excel export on a subscription basis (it would automatically create the Excel sheets and email them) on whatever frequency that you wanted.

I've not tried it against MySQL, but believe it is possible.

Dale LoganConsultantAuthor Commented:
Sorry for not being timely in accepting a solution for my question. I have not had time to check them out, but look forward to giving them a try. Thanks for the information.
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