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MySQL as a user database vs. Server

Posted on 2016-07-18
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Hi Experts;
I am new to MySQL and need assistance.
We want to replace our current MS Access .mdb with a MySQL local database.
I am not sure which/where to find a 'client-type' MySQL installer.
Our server is running MySQL and I will sync to it to keep the local MySQL up to date.
All our customers who will be using this d/b are running Windows.
Can someone point me to an installer that will work for this setup? Internet searches show 'server' etc; but we don't need the customers to be server - just use a local copy of a MySQL database.

Thank you.
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by:Ryan Chong
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>> 'client-type' MySQL installer.
try download and install the MySQL Workbench
https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/workbench/
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by:Ryan Chong
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>>but we don't need the customers to be server - just use a local copy of a MySQL database.

you can download and install the MySQL Community Server, it serves and manage to run on a single machine.
https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/
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by:Dave Baldwin
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MySQL itself is a database server, it does not have a 'front end' built-in like Access does.  MySQL Workbench is a 'front end' for MySQL but it is a separate program.
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by:k heiutz
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Thank you Ryan and Dave.

So maybe I'm approaching our MSAccess d/b replacement in the wrong way.

Here's a little background:
We have a program installed many user systems. That program uses data from an MSAccess d/b (also on user's system) to crunch data, generate reports, set configuration settings etc.
Daily the data for MSAccess is updated via FTP and a proprietary 'import' method.

Our directive is remove this import step. It takes too long and is error prone.

We have all our master data on a SQL Server and the user's program has the ability to access those SQL records instead of their local MSAccess .mdb; but users often don't have internet and still need to be able to run the program using their local version.

Our thought was to replace the MSAccess with something closer to SQL so we use many of the same select calls (we're aware there are some differences).
Also, our data is reaching the MSAccess d/b size limit.

LocalDB looked like a great option, but we want larger size. This let us to MySQL.

Sorry for the long story - here's the up-shot. Is MySQL (workbench or Community Server) even going to work for this scenario?

I appreciate your patience. As I mentioned ... new-bie.
Thanks
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by:Dave Baldwin
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MySQl can be 'made' to work but you have to 'make' it do it.  If you're using SQL statements with the Access database, it shouldn't be too difficult.  You will also have to write a new import method.

Another alternative is MS SQLExpress.  It's free and the limits are probably far above the amount of data you're using and storing.  I think that no matter which one you choose, you will find it takes more to install and configure them than it did with Access.
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by:k heiutz
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Thanks Dave!
I'll look into MS SQLExpress.
*If* we decide on MySQL; would I use workbench, or some other MySql product?
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Dave Baldwin earned 300 total points
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You would use the MySQL Community version for the database server.  MySQL Workbench is a utility program, not a database program.
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by:k heiutz
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Thank you both! I appreciate your help & advice very much.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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You're welcome, glad to help.
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