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Posted Friday, October 1, 2010 10:10 AM

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Would Compact Edition be a viable option to host a database on a laptop that when connected to the network that database would be updated from a server database.

The situation is our users sometimes need to access a mailing list, but cannot get online to retreive the list. We want to store a copy of the database on his/her laptop and then when he/she does connect to the network the database would be updated with any changes.

Originally, we thought SQL 2005 Express would be our best option. However, it appears Compact would use less laptop resources.

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Posted Friday, October 1, 2010 10:20 AM



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Either will work, but the reason Compact uses less resources is that it isn't a server. You would need to write some application or have a host process that can "open" the database file and work with it. Compact is essentially a set of DLLs that manage access to the files.

For replication, same thing. You'd need a process to run when connected to the network to update things.

Express is probably better if you want a simpler setup without coding.

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