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MS Access Front End -Back End design

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TarasFlag for Canada asked on
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I know that MS Access is meant to be database for personal use on user desktop, laptop or eventually shared and used in LAN environment for not large number of users.
However, I have inherited a MS access 2010 database split on Main_Front_End and Main_Back_End. Main_Front_End is around 35MB size Main_Back_End is around 100MB.
All forms on Main_Front_End are bound to back and tables.
Main_Back_End database is located in server share folder and copies of Main_Front_End are  on users local machine. There are 3- 5 users.
Problem is speed and efficiency. Company has main location in one City  and  offices in several  other Cities across country. Users using this database in main location, sometimes in other City company office locations and sometimes accessing database from home over VPN.
Users are complaining that sometimes it takes 15-30 sec. for start form to open when they accessing this from other location and from home.
I need some advice what can be done to improve speed in current settings and database design. And advice how it would be the best to adjust and make correction in database design.
I assume first option would be putting Main_Back_End on SQL Server database and link Main_Front_End to tables on server database thorough DNS-Less connection. Not sure will it improve speed if forms are not bound?
What do you suggest as option to create Main_Front_End in VB.Net or other language and make more robust application?
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