Hi Mary

This is a very good solution for some, and may be the one you should use. I just gave a demo of a product of ours, where they did not need it but were best served by using something similar to this suggestion, using data links in MS Access that made the data from the iSeries look completely native to MS Access.

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Regards
Vern

Mary E Mallazzo wrote:
Mark
Thank you...that sounds like it will work
Mary

-----Original Message-----
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Mark S. Waterbury
Sent: Tuesday, September 08, 2009 2:46 PM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Re: Accessing I5 data from Microsoft Access

Hi, Mary:

I suggest you keep all of your "master files" as DB2/400 database tables and views (physical files and logical files, in OS/400-speak), and then use techniques such as ODBC access to DB2 databases on OS/400 from within Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, etc.) to give your users the nice-looking PC-based user interfaces that they are apparently used to.

To learn more about this approach, I suggest you get one of these books:
http://mcpressonline.stores.yahoo.net/5041.html
or
http://mcpressonline.stores.yahoo.net/5072.html

Hope that helps,

Mark S. Waterbury

> Mary E Mallazzo wrote:
Good morning


We are an I5 shop running V5r1 and are looking into integrating our master
files from the I5 with a Microsoft Access 2003 data base. We would prefer
to
be able to have "live" data not just file transfers. What would be the
best
approach. We have been thinking that IFS might be a road to go down, but
would that still necessitate some form of transfer of data?


Thanks


Mary





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