The Microsoft Access database management system has been used by businesses and individuals for decades for capturing data, managing it, and generating reports quickly and efficiently. It became popular because of its ease of use, ability to integrate with other applications, sufficient storage capability, and affordability. While the application is easy to use, it is also prone to corruption. While the database engine is designed to automatically rectify minor issues while reading or writing data, others often require manual intervention. In this article, we will focus on some of the most common issues with Microsoft Access databases, and how to fix them.
How to Resolve MS Access Corruption Issues?
Access databases become corrupted when they lose data or functionality. The Access database becomes unusable, and there are inconsistencies in performances. When an Access database is corrupted, users receive error messages when they open or close databases, run reports, forms, or queries, updating records, or simply scroll through data records. There can be many causes for MS Access database corruption, including hardware and software compatibility issues, improper shutdown, and design issues among others. The solution to resolve these corruption issues depend on the root cause of the problem.
How to Resolve MS Access Security Issues?
Microsoft Access is an on-premises database management system. This makes it vulnerable to security issues, as the software and the data associated with it are only as safe as the machine on which the application is installed. Moreover, if the database is not designed properly, it is particularly vulnerable to security issues in the multi-user mode. One of the most reliable methods to increase the safety of MS Access databases is to switch to a SQL Server backend. With the client-server-based model of the SQL Server, admins can ensure that data is encrypted and limit access and authorization to address security challenges.
How to Resolve MS Access Speed Issues?
As the size of the database grows, there could be performance issues with MS Access. If the database is stored locally, measures such as turning the AutoCorrect option off and running the Compact and Repair command periodically can help. However, while running Access in a multi-user environment, splitting the database into the front-end and back-end can help in improving the speed. Additionally, optimizing the computing power and network settings can also help in improving the performance. Lastly, the performance of Access can also be affected if the user interface animations are on, and other applications are running parallelly.
Apps4Rent Can Help Minimize MS Access Issues
Many of the issues with Microsoft Access databases occur because of the way the software is used. As a desktop application, Microsoft Access was not designed to scale and update the way modern solutions function. Many of these drawbacks can however be minimized with MS Access cloud hosting.
As a Tier 1 Microsoft CSP, Apps4Rent can help businesses host MS Access and SQL Server in the cloud, both in our top-tier SSAE 16 datacenters and Azure. Contact our Access modernization advisors, available 24/7 via phone, chat, and email for assistance.