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Chapter 24. Securing Multiuser Network A... > Networking Access 2000 Applications

Networking Access 2000 Applications

Access 2000 is likely to be the first networked Windows application many readers of this book use. Windows 9x's simple installation of low-cost and easy-to-administer Windows Networking should appeal to first-time network users. If you don't have a network now and you plan to create Access applications for other users to share, Windows 9x's or Windows NT workstation's built-in network operating system is a logical choice as a peer-to-peer "starter" network. A peer-to-peer network is a network in which any PC connected to the network is capable of sharing files in all—or designated—folders with any other PC connected to the network. PCs connected by peer-to-peer networks often are called members of a workgroup. Larger scale networks use dedicated file servers running under Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, or Netware. Access applications that share .mdb files on a peer-to-peer or file-server network are termed multiuser applications.

Microsoft designed Access specifically for multiuser operation in a networked, workgroup environment. For example, Microsoft has added a very sophisticated security system to Access designed for multiuser applications. If your network is already set up, you can choose to install your entire Access application on the network or share only the .mdb files containing tables and queries. Sharing data-only .mdb files is the most practical approach and is the subject of this chapter's "Splitting Databases for File Sharing" section.


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