The ranting of an IT Professional

Aug 12 2008   5:22PM GMT

Access denied when trying to access MDB files

Jason Tramer Jason Tramer Profile: Jason Tramer


For the people who don’t think that integrating Internet Explorer into the Window’s OS was a bad idea. here is a problem I recently faced. This was a really weird issue. I was working with a client who was trying to access an .mdb file on the network and was getting an access denied error. The weird part was that she had NTFS access to the folder. So I started by trying the standard stuff, I made sure share permissions were set to Full Control for everyone, pushed down folder NTFS permissions to all the files, even made her the owner of the file, nothing worked.  Then I found that she could access any of the files in the folder alright except for MDB files. It took a bit of doing I got it working. I actually had to add the UNC path to the list of Internet Explorer trusted sites. This resolved the issue but it begs the question why this was an issue at all? Thanks Microsoft.

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  • Suzanne Wheeler
    That is entirely too strange for words. Only Microsoft could create a conundrum like that! I don't know how long it would have taken me to figure that out after doing all the standard security checks. Who would have thought it anything to do with the browser? Speaking of Microsoft, I used to love how a foxpro's database would be corrupted if you used IE or Outlook while it was open. Maybe they're connected? When I did support I spent a lot of time cleaning out corrupted files and sometimes read whole emails and recognized surfed web pages in the process.
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