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Posted - 12/15/2013 :  00:36:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Is there anyway, we can link MS Access to SQL Server tables. I have data in MS Access and I want to link it to SQL Server tables, so whenever there is change in data in MS Access, SQL Server tables should update it automatically or we should be able to schedule it.

Please advise. Thanks!

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Posted - 01/14/2014 :  07:41:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What you can do is link the SQL server tables to Access. Then create a function which updates both tables.
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Posted - 01/14/2014 :  10:07:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You could use the Microsoft Access Migration Wizard tool, which can be downloaded from the web. This will migrate all data to SQL Server, and the data will officially reside within the SQL Database. All tables can be linked from Access. This will do several things for you: It will remove the 2 gig limit in database size that Access imposes, and it will allow you to use the more robust tools within SQL server for backups and maintenance of indexing.

All updates to data within Access will occur within the SQL database. You will also be able to update data from within SQL server.

There are many caveats when using the upgrade wizard: most of them deal with conversion of datatypes, syntax of queries, and renaming of access objects that have spaces in the names.

If you want to keep the access data and SQL data separate, you will have to use pass-through queries to keep performance up on the SQL server. Without using pass-through queries, Access is notorious for the way it handles query execution against SQL server and transfers data back and forth.

Jeff Bennett
Saint Louis, Missouri
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