If you haven’t found it yet, YES, you can read the .laccdb (database lock file)  created by a database when it is locked.  This file does not read in a text editor, you need to access it with other means.

So what is the .laccdb file?  When a database is opened, Access automatically creates a lock file matching the file name, but with an extension of .laccdb instead of .accdb (the old file format was .ldb / .mdb).  The file is used to track who is editing the database…problems happen when someone does not exit the database clean, or you have a large multi user environment with many users sharing a database.  You may need to either remove the .laccdb file or find out who is in the database.

There is an excellent tool to do this created by my fellow Access MVP Brent Spaulding (the Zeus of Access by my mythology book).  You can find that tool online, or email me for assistance!  No more calling users on their phones to find out if they are still in the database to install that critical patch you wrote last night!

Download his Who is Connected tool here! Donations are always appreciated and can be made to Brent Spaulding at datadrenaline@outlook.com

For more info on the tool check out this post!

Jeff Shirley

Jeff Shirley

Founder & CEO
Jeff brings over 27 years of experience to the table, along with numerous awards, certifications, and real-world implementations.  His database solutions are currently running in industries including government, mining, agriculture, finance, education, science, research, non-profits, and healthcare businesses around North America and serve thousands of users day to day.  Jeff is a five-time MVP Award recipient for Microsoft Access, acknowledging contributions to community projects, evangelism, and educational outreach on Microsoft technologies.  Today there are less than 50 Access MVP’s worldwide. While Jeff focuses day to day on business management, IoT development, IT integrations and design, database architecture or other typical complex tasks, he also is a co-owner of Blue Heron Gardens, a commercial apiary running over 200 beehives.  Fresh honey is a small perk for many of our clients!

Mitch Redekopp

Mitch works with our clients day to day ensuring web development and IT projects are done to exceed customer expectations.  His background includes formal training in IT, Microsoft and CompTIA certifications, real-world business experience, and a true dedication to ensuring clients receive timely and professional support on their projects with Rivercity Technology Services.  Given the most difficult requests for IT solutions, Mitchell can assist our clients in finding a path to the best options which deliver results for our clients.  Mitchell is an avid soccer player and Manchester City fan, be sure to talk soccer with him when you can.