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Great Difficulties Accessing my Database from an FTP site

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Hi all,

I hope someone can help me. I've recently created a database and wanted to
put it up on an ftp sight so that multiple people could access the same
tables at the same time from different geographical locations. I have been
completely unsucessful in acheiving this goal so far however.

Things I have tried:

Create a shortcut to ftp sight via browser then tried to map local drive to
remote folder. - Won't work, when I get to the mapping screen and I select
the folder it won't let the "OK" button become useable.

Created a page from within Access to pull just a tables worth on
information. I then uploaded the page to the FTP sight and tried accessing
it that way but the local computer says that the safety settings on this
computer prohibit accessing a data source on another domain. I've tried
added that sight to trusted sights, disabling all firewalls and still I'm
unable to get the page to show up.

Can anyone please offer me any suggestions on something to try? I'm just
trying to access data from a central database. Not very different from
replication really except that I'm trying to do it on the web.

Thanks

Ernie
Nov 12 '05 #1
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FTP client software is set up to look and act like a filesystem from the user
interface point of view. It is not a filesystem, however. FTP is merely a
protocol for transferring files, but Access requires you to have the file open
for reading/writing at random positions in the file, lock portions of the
file, so other users know it's in use, etc. None of this is remotely possible
using FTP.

If you want a shared database accessible from the Internet, you either need an
actual filesystem connection such as you could get through RRAS (which won't
perform well at all), or you need a server database, such as MS SQL Server,
MySQL, or PstgreSQL. Most ISPs can at least offer you a MySQL instance for a
pretty low cost.

On Tue, 27 Jan 2004 20:19:53 GMT, "prodirect" <pr*******@comcast.net> wrote:
Hi all,

I hope someone can help me. I've recently created a database and wanted to
put it up on an ftp sight so that multiple people could access the same
tables at the same time from different geographical locations. I have been
completely unsucessful in acheiving this goal so far however.

Things I have tried:

Create a shortcut to ftp sight via browser then tried to map local drive to
remote folder. - Won't work, when I get to the mapping screen and I select
the folder it won't let the "OK" button become useable.

Created a page from within Access to pull just a tables worth on
information. I then uploaded the page to the FTP sight and tried accessing
it that way but the local computer says that the safety settings on this
computer prohibit accessing a data source on another domain. I've tried
added that sight to trusted sights, disabling all firewalls and still I'm
unable to get the page to show up.

Can anyone please offer me any suggestions on something to try? I'm just
trying to access data from a central database. Not very different from
replication really except that I'm trying to do it on the web.

Thanks

Ernie


Nov 12 '05 #2

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Thanks, I realized that I needed to have the database open during my first
attempts at working with the FTP, but does that mean that Webpages also
won't work if the file is on an FTP server since it won't actually be
opening up the database? Or is it worth exploring that avenue to see if I
can access the data on the server from several remote locations?
"Steve Jorgensen" <no****@nospam.nospam> wrote in message
news:8s********************************@4ax.com...
FTP client software is set up to look and act like a filesystem from the user interface point of view. It is not a filesystem, however. FTP is merely a protocol for transferring files, but Access requires you to have the file open for reading/writing at random positions in the file, lock portions of the
file, so other users know it's in use, etc. None of this is remotely possible using FTP.

If you want a shared database accessible from the Internet, you either need an actual filesystem connection such as you could get through RRAS (which won't perform well at all), or you need a server database, such as MS SQL Server, MySQL, or PstgreSQL. Most ISPs can at least offer you a MySQL instance for a pretty low cost.

On Tue, 27 Jan 2004 20:19:53 GMT, "prodirect" <pr*******@comcast.net> wrote:
Hi all,

I hope someone can help me. I've recently created a database and wanted toput it up on an ftp sight so that multiple people could access the same
tables at the same time from different geographical locations. I have beencompletely unsucessful in acheiving this goal so far however.

Things I have tried:

Create a shortcut to ftp sight via browser then tried to map local drive toremote folder. - Won't work, when I get to the mapping screen and I selectthe folder it won't let the "OK" button become useable.

Created a page from within Access to pull just a tables worth on
information. I then uploaded the page to the FTP sight and tried accessingit that way but the local computer says that the safety settings on this
computer prohibit accessing a data source on another domain. I've tried
added that sight to trusted sights, disabling all firewalls and still I'm
unable to get the page to show up.

Can anyone please offer me any suggestions on something to try? I'm just
trying to access data from a central database. Not very different from
replication really except that I'm trying to do it on the web.

Thanks

Ernie

Nov 12 '05 #3

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If you have some kind of Web application server running on Windows at your
ISP, and the database is on the same server, it will work because the Web
application is accessing the database locally, and the user is accessing the
Web page generated by the application.

The user's Web browser sees only ordinary html, and has no direct interaction
with the database, nor even need know whether such a thing exists.

On Tue, 27 Jan 2004 20:46:37 GMT, "prodirect" <pr*******@comcast.net> wrote:
Thanks, I realized that I needed to have the database open during my first
attempts at working with the FTP, but does that mean that Webpages also
won't work if the file is on an FTP server since it won't actually be
opening up the database? Or is it worth exploring that avenue to see if I
can access the data on the server from several remote locations?
"Steve Jorgensen" <no****@nospam.nospam> wrote in message
news:8s********************************@4ax.com.. .
FTP client software is set up to look and act like a filesystem from the

user
interface point of view. It is not a filesystem, however. FTP is merely

a
protocol for transferring files, but Access requires you to have the file

open
for reading/writing at random positions in the file, lock portions of the
file, so other users know it's in use, etc. None of this is remotely

possible
using FTP.

If you want a shared database accessible from the Internet, you either

need an
actual filesystem connection such as you could get through RRAS (which

won't
perform well at all), or you need a server database, such as MS SQL

Server,
MySQL, or PstgreSQL. Most ISPs can at least offer you a MySQL instance

for a
pretty low cost.

On Tue, 27 Jan 2004 20:19:53 GMT, "prodirect" <pr*******@comcast.net>

wrote:
>Hi all,
>
>I hope someone can help me. I've recently created a database and wantedto >put it up on an ftp sight so that multiple people could access the same
>tables at the same time from different geographical locations. I havebeen >completely unsucessful in acheiving this goal so far however.
>
>Things I have tried:
>
>Create a shortcut to ftp sight via browser then tried to map local driveto >remote folder. - Won't work, when I get to the mapping screen and Iselect >the folder it won't let the "OK" button become useable.
>
>Created a page from within Access to pull just a tables worth on
>information. I then uploaded the page to the FTP sight and triedaccessing >it that way but the local computer says that the safety settings on this
>computer prohibit accessing a data source on another domain. I've tried
>added that sight to trusted sights, disabling all firewalls and still I'm
>unable to get the page to show up.
>
>Can anyone please offer me any suggestions on something to try? I'm just
>trying to access data from a central database. Not very different from
>replication really except that I'm trying to do it on the web.
>
>Thanks
>
>Ernie
>


Nov 12 '05 #4

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