Backend on NAS on LAN (?)

Discussion in 'Access Configuration' started by croy, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. croy

    croy Guest

    For a year or so, we have been using an NAS on our LAN as a
    home for our database backend. It's slow, but it works.

    I have learned that the NAS operating system is based on
    Debian Linux.

    Knowing that MS Access is a Windows-only application, I'm
    left wondering how our setup can possibly be working! <g>

    Doesn't the frontend basically "open" the backend, in order
    to make the edits?

    I'd love to get some insight into this.
    croy, Oct 26, 2010
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  2. The NAS is likely using SAMBA to serve up the data, and SAMBA is an
    emulation of SMB networking (i.e., Windows networking).

    I wouldn't recommend it, myself, because I don't trust the low-level
    differences in the file system to not cause problems with the inner
    workings of Jet/ACE in a multi-user environment.

    But many people report good results with it, so I'm probably being
    overly cautious.
    David-W-Fenton, Oct 26, 2010
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  3. croy

    Tony Toews Guest

    You are correct that yes the FEs do open the backend. Microsoft does
    not recommend using anything but a Windows server. SAMBA was
    criticized for causing corruptions but there haven't been any reports
    for a number of years now, maybe even a decade or more.

    So I'd say if you aren't having any problems then don't worry about
    it. But if you start seeing some corrputions then time to consider
    your options.

    Tony (keeper of the large MS Access Corruption FAQ)
    Tony Toews, Microsoft Access MVP
    Tony's Main MS Access pages -
    Tony's Microsoft Access Blog -
    For a convenient utility to keep your users FEs and other files
    updated see
    Tony Toews, Oct 27, 2010
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