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Access ADP vs Access 2005 ACCDB or MDB?

Access ADP vs Access 2005 ACCDB or MDB?

Access ADP vs Access 2005 ACCDB or MDB?

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I am a forum newbie - I'll try to be brief...
We are embarking on a new adventure to scale an internal system up to SQL Server from Access 2003. We are not going to use the upsizing wizardry. We are going to go ahead and rebuild / optimize our tables.

The question is which route to go with the Front-End?
- Access 2003: SQL tables linked via ODBC
- Access Data Project(ADP)
- Access 2007: SQL tables linked

We were prepared to move ahead with creating an Access Data Project using Access 2003, but then I read the following on microsoft.com ...

" Access creates front-end applications that leverage SQL Server as a backend data source. Access forms and reports can be optimized as efficiently as Visual Basic front-end for SQL Server. Office Access 2007 offers two ways to connect to SQL Server data: linking to SQL Server and Access Data Projects (ADPs).

The preferred way to connect to SQL Server is MDB file format or ACCDB file format. This enables you to use the full flexibility of local tables and local queries, while leveraging the full power of SQL Server. In addition, MDB and ACCDB files link to multiple SQL Servers and a wide variety of other data sources. Office Access 2007 contains many new features available in both MDB and ACCDB file formats, but only a subset of those features are available in ADPs. "

This seems to state that the preferred methodolgy is to use linked tables. Is this true in the "real world"? Does Access 2007 NOT require the layers of ODBC to work with SQL Server? Is ADP a technology that may not be supported by MS in the near future?

Your thoughts would be appreciated!

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