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Split Your Database
By Richard Rost   Richard Rost on Twitter Richard Rost on LinkedIn Email Richard Rost   12 months ago

How and Why to Split Your Microsoft Access Database

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In this video, we'll talk about what splitting your database means, the benefits and drawbacks, and I'll show you how to do it. 

Junior from Baton Rouge LA (a Gold Member) asks: I've heard a lot about the benefits of splitting my Access database. Can you tell me what this is all about?


I'll show you how to move or rename your backend file, use the linked table manager, create multiple back end files, and manually create links to tables.

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Ibrahim Hasouna 
3 months ago
I split my database, how ever the Front End get message "you cannot open any more databases " when loading, what is that ?
Alex Hedley
3 months ago
Do you have many tables or linked excel files?
Ibrahim Hasouna
3 months ago
37 table, no linked excel file
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Remote Access Upload Images   Link 
Ibrahim Hasouna 
3 months ago
I am trying to have a solution for remote access without converting to SQL server, I have small office with a few users who access the database on the local network, every pc have full Microsoft access, I want to be able to remote access the database, will NAS drive like synology will workout ? I mean; can I link the Frontend to the backend remotely, the BE of course will be on the NAS drive however the FE will be with each user outside the office
Adam Schwanz
3 months ago
I don't have any experience with access with a NAS drive. But you could look into VPNs or other remote software (remotepc or the hundred other options) to get to the internal server.
Richard Rost
3 months ago
I answered your question in this thread.
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Split Database Info Upload Images   Link 
Richard Rost 
9 months ago
Splitting your database is dividing it into two or more files. One file, called the Front End, contains your forms, reports, queries, macros, and modules. The other, called the Back End, contains just your tables. Splitting your database makes it: Read More...
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Elaine Heltman 
12 months ago
Hi Richard. I have the admin copy of the split database on my desktop, with the backend and encrypted frontend on the server. I'll be distributing the encrypted frontend to users. After I make changes to the admin copy, I'm having issues relinking the new encrypted frontend (SavedAs from the admin desktop copy to the server) to the backend on the server folder. I do not receive the right-hand options to relink, etc., only to refresh. What am I missing in this process? Thank you!
Richard Rost
12 months ago
You can't make that kind of a change in the encrypted ACCDE front-end. You need to relink the tables in YOUR ACCDB then make a new ACCDE file.
Elaine Heltman
12 months ago
So, if I understand correctly, I relink the frontend admin desktop version with the Server BE, then make the encrypted ACCDE file savedAs to the server?
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