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I just ran the upsizing wizard on my copy of Access and have successfully connected my Access app to my SQL Server DB but I need to do this for multiple users. Am I going to have to run the upsize wizard on each machine?

I noticed that the wizard created a data source name (.dsn) file, can I use that file on the other instances of Access to connect their apps to the SQL Server DB?

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For Small Network

Front End (on every user's machine):

  • Access file in ADP Format. (It contains forms and reports)
    • Copy to C: Drive (Not on the share/network drive).
  • DSN File. So Access client knows where to look for SQL Servers.


  • 1 SQL Server (tables, views, stored procedures)
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Ah cool, I mean, I could also put both the ADP file and the DSN on a shared drive couldnt I? – rugbert Jan 5 '12 at 12:45
Yes, you can. For my project, I write a batch file to copy from share to local. You can run on the share using Run-time only option. However, I think local copy is better performance (run faster). – 1888 Jan 5 '12 at 17:34

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