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Part 6: Using Advanced Access Techniques > Connecting to Client/Server Database...

Chapter 25. Connecting to Client/Server Databases

One of the computer buzzwords of the mid-1990s, downsizing, was mentioned in the context of local area networks (LANs) in the preceding chapter. Downsizing has another element: moving database management systems from mainframe computers to client/server RDBMSs that run on PCs and reduced instruction set computing (RISC) workstation-servers.

Another newly minted term, rightsizing, means choosing the best combination of computer platforms to ensure maximum availability of corporate data to those who need it. Rightsizing often involves retaining mainframe computers as giant database servers but moving the applications that access and manipulate the data from the mainframe to PCs.

The final member of the sizing trio is upsizing. Upsizing means moving tables from a desktop database, such as Access 97, to a client/server RDBMS. You can continue to use the application components of your desktop database if the desktop database can link to the tables of the client/server RDBMS. This chapter introduces you to Access front-ends for client/server databases and shows you how to use the Access Upsizing Wizard to move Access databases to Microsoft SQL Server 6.5.


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