Setting Up the Admin PC
Step 1. Put AccessUpdater.accdb in your database Admin folder
Step 2. Copy your current Front End file to your shared Server Folder
Step 3. In your Admin Front End Database, import 2 objects from the AccessUpdater.accdb file: AccessUpdaterF (form) and AccessUpdaterModule (module).
Step 4. Set AccessUpdaterF as your database's Startup object (File > Options > Current Database).
Step 5. Open AccessUpdaterF
Step 6. Type in Username: Admin
Step 7. Type in Password: alz
You can change this password in the code if you want (just search for "alz" in the Form Module).
Step 8. Type in your Startup Form, such as MainMenuF
Step 9. Type in or Browse (...) for your Front End database in the Server shared folder
Step 10. Click Save Settings
Step 11. Click Push Update
Access Updater will perform it’s magic. Your Front End file will be copied up to the server. Any changes you make to the Access Updater accdb file will also be copied up.
When the update is complete, your original Admin Front End database will relaunch. You will see that no updates are necessary.
After 3 seconds your Main Menu form will open.
Setting Up the User PCs
Step 1. Copy the Front End file and AccessUpdater.accdb from the Server shared folder to the User's personal folder on their system
Step 2. Open the User's Front End File
Step 3. Type in a unique Username
Step 4. Enter Startup Form
Step 5. Select the same Front End File on the Server
Step 6. Save Settings and Restart the database
Now, whenever the user first loads their database, they will get a warning if there are updates available, and after 10 seconds, their database will shut down, download the update, and then restart.
Using Updater with ACCDE Files
If you want to distribute a compiled executable ACCDE file to your users, follow these steps:
Essentially, you're not pushing the ACCDB file that you're working with. That's your development copy. Make the ACCDE file and then use Updater to push that file to the network.
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