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We have received feedback from developers and blog readers that they want to try out Access Services but don’t have the resources to setup a full machine running SharePoint Beta.
Part of our strategy for small to medium sized business has always been secure, reliable hosting in the cloud for Access apps through Microsoft Online Services as well as third party providers.
Today, we wanted to announce that the first 3rd party provider SmithBridge has a service up and running for early adopters to try out the service.
Larry Strange from SmithBridge has been doing large scale hosting for a while, he started SharePoint Hosting back in 2003 which is now owned and run by Dell. His latest venture is Access Hosting which is a full service hosting platform and data migration service for current Access databases. They are offering a limited free hosting trial with SharePoint Server 2010 Beta for early adopters.
This is a sandbox beta hosting environment designed to allow developers to try out the service without having to install and configure SharePoint.
To create web databases you will need to download and install the Office 2010 Beta Client.
Download the Beta here
Download the Beta here
You can then sign up for the trial at AccessHosting.com and start publishing!
Sign up for the Beta Hosting Trial
Sign up for the Beta Hosting Trial
Please send us your comments/feedback as you try it out!
Wonderful idea that I would love to try out but there is a problem with the link. I can't see the captcha and when I click on REQUEST TRIAL the connection times out?
@Data Entry I just tried it with IE8 and had no issues, what browser are you using?
Just registered with the site... that should be fun... :-) Thanks for getting it going. @Data Entry: The pages worked a treat with FF
Just an update, we were seeing issues with the CAPTCHA for some users. The Access Hosting guys have removed the CAPTCHA requirement for now :)
I got my database up there - now what? I see all the tables, queries, forms and reports but am only offered the option of modifying. How do I open the forms, etc.? I tested for compatibility and it passed. It's all new stuff.
Where were you guys 3 weeks ago when I was struggling to get the SharePoint 2010 beta installed? It's a nightmare -- looking foward to a nice, clean install to work from! Thanks!
@Data Entry Service try setting a form as the default web startup form then you will see it. Did you start with a Blank Web Database or just a regular Blank Database?
I signed up a few days ago, but have not received any setup confirmation.
I have the same problem as dvana.
@dvana @Alan Cossey It's taking a few days to get the invites out so it should be coming soon.
Got my details through and have set up my site. Everything went smoothly and there seemed no significant difference in the time it took to publish my first database from the time it took when doing so on my own machine (using a virtual machine). That's good. I still have some bugs apparent in the resultant published app though the web compatibility checker found nothing and the web database works fine prior to publication. Alan
Started with a blank web database. I've also passed everything in the Compatibility Checker. In the app I have a default start up form. Do I need to set it in SharePoint somewhere? Thanks for the help.
Just tried this a few munites ago...it works... and it JUST rocks! Very nice setup. A nice new play ground to play with! I have a absolute PILE of work to do today, and giving me some access web services to play with is like giving candy to a baby! It is going to be SO hard for me to get any real work done today. Anyway, this works very well indeed. If the other MANY SharePoint hosting vendors also start to offer this type of hosting, then worries about finding on-line access publshing has just melted away. This bodes very well for access and the web. ok..now, back to work....
My service has been setup. Very cool. I'm starting to think about an application.
Thank you for making this so straight-forward, Ryan ... you have a special gift for simplification -- probably one reason you are so valuable to Microsoft :) The only thing slightly confusing was the term "Office 2010 Beta Client" since it is not used on the download site ... It is generous of you, Clint, the Access Team, and Microsoft to make it possible for everyone with a desire to be pioneers on a new frontier :) ... to distribute the beta without restriction and create a partnership to enable free hosting for a training period to anyone who wants to try --- and information ... wow -- just when I thought I reached the end of what is published that I can relate to, there is more ... Thank you (y'all) for the many diverse articles you are posting on this and other blogs to help us learn -- they all have valuable knowledge that will surely come in handy ... Mike Alexander's dashboard graphics sparks a change in perspective and opens a different way of thinking; it was nice to see depreciated features enumerated; Lois' 2007/2010 compatibility article is foundation ... Love the Access Show! ... everything you are posting is helping build better footing. Thank you I have not done much with the client yet -- still getting feet wet with the web services and there is so much to ... both learn and get used to. It is a different logic and a lot of changes ... but web services -- cool! I got my web hosting credentials nearly a week ago and have found it hard to really dig in and focus on much else than all the possibilities that Access 2010 opens up ... and get geared to thinking differently. I would like to try a SharePoint site for a simple practical purpose ... to act as a Guestbook for my website. Firstly, is this allowed? ... and if so, is it possible to define permissions such that the general public gains access to my SharePoint site without be prompted for credentials? If not, is it allowed to publish public credentials on my website for anyone wishing to sign the Guestbook? ~~~ I also thought of another thing I could use Web Services for ... as a deposit for photos (do plan to check out your template for this too) that I have indexed with structures in Access for tailoring the viewing experience. I would want to restrict Access to this site. Is this something else I could use web services for? If I could do something like the photos ... the photos are currently stored as external files ... I don't see that ability on web forms ... is it there? If not, what would you recommend for the image data type? What control would you use to render? Any tips on programmatically reading the path and filename from a text field -- oops, make that memo field -- and assigning it? ~~~ What is the maximum limit on text field length? I found out through trial that it can't be 105. Is there a URL with the Object Model? With the limits? ~~~ I don't have a 'team' per se at my office, but there are folks that I network with. Could they be team members? How do people become my team members? Could I set up different teams and give them different permissions to areas on my SharePoint site? ~~~ thank you! Warm Regards,
Crystal * (: have an awesome day :) *