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Special Edition Using Access 97, Second Edition by Roger Jennings

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Defining the Client/Server Environment

Client/server databases are designed specifically for use on application server-based networks. An application server uses a network operating system, such as Windows NT Server, that is optimized specifically for running applications rather than sharing files or peripheral devices. Client/server databases have many advantages over conventional database systems, including increased database security, the incorporation of all components of the database, in a single file, and faster access to networked data. The clients of a client/server database are workstations, often called front-ends, that are connected to the server, called the back-end. In these respects, the "split" Access databases, described in the ...

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