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Want an easy way to distribute updates to the users of your Microsoft® Access® front end? Tired of visiting users PCs to roll out a new version of an Access® front end? Weary of explaining to each of the users how to use Windows Explorer to copy the new FE from the server to their PC;  And then fixing up the mistakes they inevitably make. And how to get the FE to a new user?

This process is exactly what the Auto FE Updater is designed to do and much more.  Whenever you need to roll out updates of your Microsoft Access front end (FE) database file and associated files the Auto FE Updater utility will automatically copy the files from a server to a folder on each users PC.  When a new user needs to use the application you can email them a link or navigate them to a network share. It's easy! 

See YouTube Access Utilities: Tony's Auto FE Updater for a YouTube video done by a very happy user of the Auto FE updater who "works with concrete not computers."  The video illustrates how you can be using the Auto FE Updater within a few minutes.

Main MenuThe Auto FE Updater is a drag and drop deployment on the server.   No installation required.  Just download, unzip the files and place on the server.  The utility does not require any admin privileges for you to test the utility or for the users to run the utility. 

The Auto FE updater has been recommended by Microsoft in a blog entry titled Automated front-end management and publishing. However the blog is no longer available. The utility has also been recommended by many of my fellow Access MVPs, many newsgroup and forum posters, various websites and Access books including Fixing Access Annoyances by Phil Mitchell and Evan Callahan  

Happy licensees include the following

Altiplano Nederland Deloitte Management Services LP Massachusetts Port Authority
Boeing Corp Dollar Tree Stores NASA
Avon Products Inc. Govt of Saskatchewan Nexen Inc
Walgreens Geico Nissan USA
BHP Billiton Guardian Insurance Company Toys R Us Australia
Blue Shield of California Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Oswald Metzen GmbH
Caterpillar Logistics Inc. Volvo RBC Wealth Management
University of Texas Medical Branch Library and Archives Canada Santa Cruz County
Coca-Cola Refreshments Los Angeles Dept of Water & Power Siemens Energy, Inc.
Chicago Public Schools Maclean Hospital Starbucks Coffee

Emails have come from many countries around the world such as Canada, USA, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Australia, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands, Scotland, South Africa, France, Israel and New Zealand. 

Enterprise Edition

The Enterprise Edition will show you exactly who is in the backend database so you can contact the users if you need to add some tables or fields to the database.  Or if a compact and repair is required.   You can easily see if any critical Access exe or ACE, Jet, DAO or ADO DLLs are out of date.   Immediate email alerts of any problems users encounter with the utility.   You will have control over the users as well as logging every error, warning, activity including files copied that happens during the execution of the Auto FE Updater program.   


Use the Check for Updates menu option within the Auto FE Updater utility.   Or email me on my contact page and I'll email you every time I send out on update. 


I really want some feedback. What additional features do you want to see?  What problems or irritations are you having?   Please use my contact  page to email me  Or join the discussion on LinkedIn. Or pickup the phone and call me.   Leave a lengthy voice mail if I'm not available.   Sometimes it's easier to discuss things by phone than write things down in an email.

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