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Has anyone converted SQL Server db to MS Access before?

Has anyone converted SQL Server db to MS Access before?

Has anyone converted SQL Server db to MS Access before?

(OP)
My employer just bought a new magazine that has an existing website using asp and sql server. I have been asked to port the sql server database to MS access to save the company from spending $5000 to buy sql server.  

I have found lots of threads on converting access to sql server but not the reverse. Anyone have experience with this?  

RE: Has anyone converted SQL Server db to MS Access before?

Like you said you didn't found anything on downsizing, only upsizing.
But if you already have SQL Server, why should you buy it? Or is the upgrade that expensive?

I you are acustomed to drive by car, you wouldn't go back to a bycicle.

S. van Els
SAvanEls@cq-link.sr

RE: Has anyone converted SQL Server db to MS Access before?

(OP)
I have the limited developers version that only allows for local work and is useless for development remotely on our host server.  I was able to get a copy of the sql db that I can view locally and i successfully exported the tables to access but am now trying to get a handle on compatibility of stored procedures in sql server vs. queries in access.  

If you have any useful comments in that regard it would much appreciated.  Does that answer your question about whether I have sql server?  No, my employer does not have this and wishes to avoid the $5000 expense by me downsizing to access.

RE: Has anyone converted SQL Server db to MS Access before?

Maybe you should look at another database system, I mostly work with Interbase (Also developpers version with some modifications). But is cheaper (I heard) then M$ SQL Server, and do not need to run on a NT server. If the stored procedure are queries, it must be simple to replicate them with cut and paste of the code in access, if it are functions the thing complicates.

I learned SQL by making queries in paradox, and with cut and paste transport them to Interbase.
But you will lose a lot of flexibility when down sizing.

S. van Els
SAvanEls@cq-link.sr

RE: Has anyone converted SQL Server db to MS Access before?

The biggest problem with "small" databases like Access, Paradox, etc. is they only allow limited number of connections. Unless you are expecting a limited number of visitors to your web site or they won't mind a slow connection, I would go for something more powerful. Interbase is good, also look at MySQL. They are more powerful that the smaller databases. See www.interbase2000.org or www.mysql.com .

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