Sunday, March 20, 2016

An Access Multi-User Solution in the Cloud at the Click of a Button

Imagine if you could create 5 cloud pc's at the click of a button. On those cloud PC's you have personal C drives and a shared network drive and a installed copy of Office Professional Desktop with MS Access. Then imagine that you could give 5 people an shortcut from a PC anywhere in the world that opened their own pc in the cloud and they entered a username and password and hey presto, that cloud PC was running.

Now on the network drive on the Cloud PC group you transferred one of your great Access solutions  (via dropbox or one drive). Users then would only need to open your Access solution with a normal desktop shortcut on the cloud PC and you would be running in a very short period of time.

After explaining what works (and what doesn't), I then go on to plead to the development gods to consider a one button multi-user cloud environment for Access.

1 comment:

Garry Robinson said...

Peter from Sydney writes "Read your article on MSAccess on Azure with Virtual PC, the issue with shared network drive was the same for Amazon, otherwise it would have worked perfectly. However I do have a solution for this and we have been using it for over 2 years now.

We have partnered with a company called and they use Citrix. We have the whole Multiuser issue solved. It works exactly the same way, click a desktop icon and open the MSAccess App over the wire. With full access to local drive and printers. We have some larger clients on it 10 concurrent and next week we are moving a 15 user site over.

The advantage with the solution is you can install any type of app, so we can essentially move the clients entire suite of products to the cloud.
They look after all the backup etc