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Hello everybody,

I'm developing a system for a company that has production at two different
locations. The production is stored in an Access database at each location,
and I need to find a way to fetch data from both these databases and present
them to the boss (who is at one of the locations).

I've built a report generator in Excel (using VBA) that fetches data via
ODBC from the database that's located in the same building. However, I need
to find a way to get the data from the other distant database also...
My original thought was be to somehow open up the correct port (does anybody
know what port though?) and set up an ODBC-connection using the IP-adress of
the distant computer that holds the other database.

Is this a feasible solution though? Can it be done? Or is there a smarter
way?

Thank you in advance everybody!

Peter Larsson
Nov 12 '05 #1
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To get data from the remote location, you will need to be able to browse to
that folder on the remote machine.

You don't mention if there is a existing network connection between the two
locations.

If you don't have a constant connection you could even consider having the
people zip, and then email the file on a regular bases to you. ms-access
databases compress extremely well. I use www.winzip.com.
So, while your Excel can connect the access database, Excel still needs to
be able to browse to the folder on the that remote pc. A VPN (virtual
private network) could be setup that allows you to get access to the folder
on the remote pc. However, this can be slow, also you don't want to write
data to the remote location across a VPN.

Another possibility is to use replication. Replication is a process where
databases can connect and exchange data. However, it sounds like you only
need to get data from that remote location, and not actually update data.

Much will depend on what you have for a connection between the two
locations. However, trying to use ms-access over any type of connection that
is not first rate does involved some risk.

You can read some thoughts of mine on networking ms-access.

http://www.attcanada.net/~kallal.msn/Wan/Wans.html

--
Albert D. Kallal (MVP)
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
ka****@msn.com
http://www.attcanada.net/~kallal.msn
Nov 12 '05 #2

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P.S.
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Nov 12 '05 #3

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Thank you for your reply Albert!

There is no existing network connection right now between the two locations,
and I'm planning to create a connection over WAN (Internet). There is not
much data that will be transferred, and not very often either, so I think
that maybe a VPN connection could work? I don't know anything about how to
set up a VPN connection however...do you know of any resources that have
good info regarding this?

Thank you!

Peter Larsson

"Albert D. Kallal" <ka****@msn.com> wrote in message
news:4d***********************@news3.calgary.shaw. ca...
To get data from the remote location, you will need to be able to browse to that folder on the remote machine.

You don't mention if there is a existing network connection between the two locations.

If you don't have a constant connection you could even consider having the
people zip, and then email the file on a regular bases to you. ms-access
databases compress extremely well. I use www.winzip.com.
So, while your Excel can connect the access database, Excel still needs to
be able to browse to the folder on the that remote pc. A VPN (virtual
private network) could be setup that allows you to get access to the folder on the remote pc. However, this can be slow, also you don't want to write
data to the remote location across a VPN.

Another possibility is to use replication. Replication is a process where
databases can connect and exchange data. However, it sounds like you only
need to get data from that remote location, and not actually update data.

Much will depend on what you have for a connection between the two
locations. However, trying to use ms-access over any type of connection that is not first rate does involved some risk.

You can read some thoughts of mine on networking ms-access.

http://www.attcanada.net/~kallal.msn/Wan/Wans.html

--
Albert D. Kallal (MVP)
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
ka****@msn.com
http://www.attcanada.net/~kallal.msn

Nov 12 '05 #4

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For a simple VPN and fire wall look at a WATCHGUARD FIREBOX SOHO 6tc. I set
on up in my office with the optional client access, to allow user to connect
from remote PC. If you have one on both ends you can setup a tunnel between
them.

Do NOT try to run an Access application though them, copy the database to a
local computer and run your reports from there.

PS. This is my 1st attempt at VPN and I understand the CISCO PIX501 is also
a very good system. I went with the WATCHGUARD because it had some options I
need that the CISCO did not.

"Peter Larsson" <pe********************@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:btc9b.37523$S_.6681@fed1read01...
Thank you for your reply Albert!

There is no existing network connection right now between the two locations, and I'm planning to create a connection over WAN (Internet). There is not
much data that will be transferred, and not very often either, so I think
that maybe a VPN connection could work? I don't know anything about how to
set up a VPN connection however...do you know of any resources that have
good info regarding this?

Thank you!

Peter Larsson

"Albert D. Kallal" <ka****@msn.com> wrote in message
news:4d***********************@news3.calgary.shaw. ca...
To get data from the remote location, you will need to be able to browse

to
that folder on the remote machine.

You don't mention if there is a existing network connection between the

two
locations.

If you don't have a constant connection you could even consider having the people zip, and then email the file on a regular bases to you. ms-access
databases compress extremely well. I use www.winzip.com.
So, while your Excel can connect the access database, Excel still needs to be able to browse to the folder on the that remote pc. A VPN (virtual
private network) could be setup that allows you to get access to the

folder
on the remote pc. However, this can be slow, also you don't want to write data to the remote location across a VPN.

Another possibility is to use replication. Replication is a process where databases can connect and exchange data. However, it sounds like you only need to get data from that remote location, and not actually update data.
Much will depend on what you have for a connection between the two
locations. However, trying to use ms-access over any type of connection

that
is not first rate does involved some risk.

You can read some thoughts of mine on networking ms-access.

http://www.attcanada.net/~kallal.msn/Wan/Wans.html

--
Albert D. Kallal (MVP)
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
ka****@msn.com
http://www.attcanada.net/~kallal.msn


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