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I have Sql Server Migration Assistant for Access v2.7, running on Windows Server 2016. On the same server I have 64bit version of Access 2016 and a 32bit version (I assume) of Access 97.

I am able to migrate Access 2007.accdb files on this server. However, when I click add database and choose an Access 97.mdb file I get the following error:

"Cannot open a database created with a previous version of your application."

Is it possible to migrate (directly) from Access 97 using this tool?

The following link suggested it should be: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/ssma/access/sql-server-migration-assistant-for-access-accesstosql

Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for Access is a tool for migrating databases from Microsoft Access versions 97 through 2010 to Microsoft SQL Server 2005 / Microsoft SQL Server 2008 / Microsoft SQL Server 2012 / Microsoft SQL Server 2014 / Microsoft SQL Server 2016 / Microsoft SQL Server 2017

  • Is your Access DB workgroup protected? – McNets Feb 24 '18 at 13:20
  • No, there’s not security on the access db. – Rob Bowman Feb 24 '18 at 13:22
  • I don't know if it should work or not, but have you tried upgrading the MDB to a later version of Access first? – David Browne - Microsoft Feb 24 '18 at 14:45
  • Yes it does work if I open the mdb with Access 2007 and SaveAs accdb. I’m trying to avoid having to do that thought because I have lots of databases to migrate to Sql Server. – Rob Bowman Feb 24 '18 at 15:01

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