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MS Access to .NET

If you have exceeded the built-in limitations of MS Access and are experiencing one or more problems, such as slow performance, unreliable data, corruption and error messages are common indicators, it may be time to reconfigure your MS Access application, or migrate the MS Access application to more powerful components to fix problems your are having or to meet more demanding business needs.  Depending upon your situation, the right approach may involve replacing one or both MS Access application components: the back-end Jet Engine datastore and/or the front-end User Interface.

The table below shows the different MS Access migration options available. Capabilities in the chart increase from left to right — from a standalone MS Access application designed to support a small workgroup on a LAN, to a robust Internet-native database application capable of supporting hundreds of concurrent users. Click on the column heading to see more detail about the particular option or on the Learn more link to see how Practical Computer Applications (PCA) can help you.

Capability Stand Alone MS Access Split MS Access MS Access Datastore MS Access Data Project MS Access Client-Server Client-Server App Web Browser App Smart Client App
# End Users 5-10 5-10 5-10 < 15 < 100 < 250 Unlimited Unlimited
Deployment LAN Only LAN Only LAN Only Desktop Only LAN and Internet LAN Only LAN and Internet LAN and Internet
Performance Varies Varies Varies Varies Good Good Good Excellent
Reliability Good Medium Medium OK Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Data Integrity Poor Poor Poor Poor Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Security Poor Poor Poor Poor Excellent Excellent Good Excellent
Data Limit < 200 MBs < 200 MBs < 200 MBs 1 GB Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Maintenance High High High High Medium Medium Low Low
# of Records < 50,000 < 50,000 < 50,000 < 50,000 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Internet Access No No No No Yes No Yes Yes
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