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Access Updater v 1.0

Automatically Update Microsoft Access Front End Database Files


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The Problem

If you are running a Microsoft Access database over your network, and you have it set up correctly between multiple users, that means you have a Back End file with your tables (or SQL Server) along with a Front End database file for each of your users.

It's easy to make changes on the Back End, but distributing updates for the user Front End files can be a nightmare. This is where Access Updater comes in. 

It's very difficult to distribute changes to multiple Front End databases when you make changes. Access cannot update itself. Furthermore, even if you map to each user's shared network drive (which is a lot of work) they have to exit the database for you to update the file, and if they shut their machine off for the night, you're out of luck. 

The Solution

Access Updater allows you to make whatever modifications you want to your Front End file (the Admin copy). Then, with one click you can "push" updates up to a shared server folder.

Whenever your users load up their database, it will first check for updates. If an update is found, it will download and install the new Front End file before loading the database.

Optionally, you can also check for updates and have them installed automatically at timed intervals (hourly, for example). This is a great option for "unattended" databases, like an Email server.

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Full Purchased Database

Once you have purchased the full database template, come back to this page and click on the Download button below. This will give you access to the ZIP file containing the Access Updater Template ACCDB file. The WalkThru video above gives you complete instructions on how to integrate this Template into your database setup.

Note: This is Version 1.0 Software!

Please note that this Template is very much "Version 1.0" software. While I have been running it for several weeks in my office and have tested it fully, I cannot guarantee that there are no bugs in it. Before you install it on any mission critical database setups, please make sure you have a full backup of everything beforehand. I will not be responsible for any problems incurred by your use of this software. I have several updates planned already, and you will get FREE copies for all version 1.x updates of this Template. I'll post a list of updates soon.

Learn How This Database Was Built

As of right now, I don't have any plans to turn this into a full Seminar where I show you how to build the database from start to finish. However, if enough of you want to see how it was built, let me know. Post a comment below and say you're interested in a full Seminar for this Template. I'll be happy to record one if there is interest.

Customize For Your Needs

If you would like to discuss customizing this database for your needs, and integrating it into your current setup, please see my consulting page for details on rates and other information.

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Questions?

Got sales or customer service questions about this template? Feel free to post them below. If you have a questions, or you discover a bug or want to suggest a new feature, then please by all means post your comments below.

 

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Brad Weekley 
7 days ago
Just starting installing on some machines and notice one interesting issue.  If you don't use the most current front end on the initial install, it will not update until the admin pushes an update.  Then it will update and work just fine.  Is that how it should work?  Perhaps always install on a pc with the latest front end would fix this.  Thoughts?
Richard Rost
7 days ago
You should definitely START with the current, newest front-end that you have when you go around doing your initial install.
Richard Rost
7 days ago
Theoretically, as long as you install any version that's older than the one being pushed, it SHOULD work. But I'd go with the latest if you have it available.
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