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How can I allow multiple users to edit a shared database?

Discussion in 'Information Technology' started by CarlaInJax, Jul 28, 2006.

  1. CarlaInJax

    CarlaInJax
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    We have an Access database that needs to be edited by several users.
    Currently, only one person can access at a time to input information. Can
    several users access the database and input information simultaneously? I
    have an Excel spreadsheet that will do this, but cannot find out how to do it
    in Access.
     
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  3. Joseph Meehan

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    CarlaInJax wrote:
    > We have an Access database that needs to be edited by several users.
    > Currently, only one person can access at a time to input information.
    > Can several users access the database and input information
    > simultaneously? I have an Excel spreadsheet that will do this, but
    > cannot find out how to do it in Access.


    Access by default allows shared use. You don't need to do anything.

    However there are a few things to consider. First Access performs
    multi-user tasks best when it is split, with all the data in one MDB on the
    server and separate MDBs for each user on their own machine. Their MDBs
    will have their own forms, queries reports etc.

    Second if you have more than one person editing at the same time,
    something needs to keep them from stepping on one another's toes. That is I
    may make a change and you may be editing the same record at the same time
    may not see that change and make another inappropriate change to the same
    record. Access employs record locking as the traffic cop. Do some research
    on record locking as it is a complex subject. Note, that in some versions
    of Access not just the one record someone is editing is locked, but
    sometimes more than one record may be locked.

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    Joseph Meehan

    Dia duit
     
  4. Ofer Cohen

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    Check this link about "Splitting a Microsoft Access Database", essential to
    make the database a accesable by more then one user

    http://www.databasedev.co.uk/split_a_database.html

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    Good Luck
    BS"D


    "CarlaInJax" wrote:

    > We have an Access database that needs to be edited by several users.
    > Currently, only one person can access at a time to input information. Can
    > several users access the database and input information simultaneously? I
    > have an Excel spreadsheet that will do this, but cannot find out how to do it
    > in Access.
    >
     

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