Access databases (MS Access)

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MS Access Databases - General Information

We do support MS Access databases on our Windows servers.

We support both DSN and DSN-less connections. The DSN can be set up through your Account Control Panel.

NOTE: MS Access 97 and later versions are supported. However, when possible we suggest you upgrade the database to MS Access 2000 or later. Further, we strongly suggest converting the database to MySQL or MS SQL.

MS Access database versions supported

Most all versions of MS Access are supported.

NOTE: For ColdFusion sites we strongly suggest for performance to convert the Access database to MySQL or MS SQL. We are happy to do this for you if needed. You can also follow the steps we have in this wiki to do this yourself if wanted. You will see major improvements in performance.

MS Access 2003

  • .mdb

MS Access 2007

  • accdb
  • mdb

MS Access 2010

  • accdb
  • mdb

MS Access 2013

  • accdb
  • mdb

Troubleshooting MS Access

800a0e7a Error

If you receive the error below it may be because you are on a Windows 2008 Server and need to update your connection string to use the 64-bit Access driver:

ADODB.Connection error '800a0e7a'

Provider cannot be found. It may not be properly installed.





80004005 Error

If you receive the error below it may be because you need to update the Access driver in your code as shown below:

Microsoft OLE DB Provider for ODBC Drivers error '80004005'

[Microsoft][ODBC Driver Manager] Data source name not found and no default driver specified

/, line 31 


Driver={Microsoft Access Driver (*.mdb)};


Driver={Microsoft Access Driver (*.mdb, *.accdb)};

Error: Operation Must use an Updateable Query

Your ASP pages are trying to insert/update a record in a database that does not have write permissions.

Submit a request via our online Support Ticket system and we will get the permissions set for you. Just let us know what folder contains the database.

NOTE: We recommend you place your database files in a folder by themselves.