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Language: Visual Basic
Expertise: Beginner
Sep 11, 2000

Connecting to an Access DB on a Server

Question:
I want to connect to an Access DB on a server from a client using a VB app. I assume I would have to make a connection to the database on the server. How could I do this? Would I need to return a recordset from the sever via ADO?

Answer:
For Access, you have to specify a directory and filename in your ADO connection string. That means that the directory where the file is located needs to be mapped as a network drive on your computer. Once you've done that, you can create your connection string like this:

Dim cnDB As New ADODB.Connection
cnDB.ConnectionString = _
   "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;" _
   & "Data Source=F:\MyDB.mdb"
cnDB.Open

You can then get recordsets or whatever else you need from the database. If you're using Access 97, use OLEDB.3.51 instead of OLEDB.4.0 in the connection string.

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