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Update Email Data with a Microsoft Access Linked Table

Update Email data by creating a linked table in Microsoft Access with the CData Email ODBC Driver.

CData ODBC drivers connect your data to any database management tool that supports Open Database Connectivity (ODBC). This includes many of the most popular productivity tools, adding new capabilities for document sharing and collaboration. Using the CData ODBC driver for Email, you can update live Email data in Microsoft Access; for example, you can make updates that can be immediately seen by other users.

Connect to Email as an ODBC Data Source

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

The User and Password properties, under the Authentication section, must be set to valid credentials. The Server must be specified to retrieve emails and the SMTPServer must be specified to send emails.

Create a Linked Table to Mailboxes Data

Follow the steps below to create a linked table, which enables you to access live Mailboxes data.

  1. On the External Data tab in Access, click ODBC Database.
  2. Select the option to link to the data source. A linked table will enable you to read from and write data to the Mailboxes table.
  3. Select the CData Email data source from the Machine Data Source tab.

  4. Select the Mailboxes table. For more information on this table, see the "Data Model" chapter in the help documentation.
  5. Double-click the linked table to make edits. The linked table will always have up-to-date data and any changes will be reflected back to the underlying table.