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After days of searching and trying different solutions, I give up and hope that someone can help me.
I have an Access 2007 database named DB2023.accdb with several tables.
I created with ADOX a new empty database named DB2024.accdb. Both are located in C:\Temp.
With codebehind (using VB), I want to copy all tables and their columns (but without their data) from DB2023 into DB2024.
Of course, I can hard-code the creation, but hope there is a simpler way.
Looking forward to suggestions.

What I have tried:

Have not found any example for this explicit task. The closest I got, is
Dim Filename = "C:\Temp\DB2023.accdb"
     Dim ConnString As String = _
     "Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0; Data source =" & Filename
     Dim cn As New OleDbConnection(ConnString)
     Dim dbCmdInsert As New OleDbCommand

     Dim restrictions() As String = New String(3) {}
     restrictions(3) = "Table"
     Dim AllTables As DataTable = Nothing
     AllTables = cn.GetSchema("Tables", restrictions)
     GridView1.DataSource = AllTables

Resulted in a table with Table_Name and Table_Type and creation/modifying data.
But how to get column data for each table?
I assume that
For EACH row as DataRow in Alltables.Rows
' what to do here to fetch all columns name and properties

is the way, but details??
Updated 8-Sep-23 10:17am

The simplest way is to copy the entire database as a file, then connect to it and delete all the information. That way, you also copy any stored procedures, functions, triggers, and so on as well as the table format.
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Member 14168791 9-Sep-23 3:00am    
Thanks for the input - why do it in a more complicated way? The advance is that your solution also takes care of the last made changes i the structure of the database.
OriginalGriff 9-Sep-23 4:20am    
You're welcome!
Just keep a blank copy of the database file with your app, either in the file system or in your app resources, and just make a copy every time you need a new database.
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OriginalGriff 8-Sep-23 8:16am    
The only reason I don't suggest that is that it's too easy to forget to update that when you add or change an SP for example.
Dave Kreskowiak 8-Sep-23 8:20am    
Yeah. I just don't use Access databases AT ALL. Making LOB applications dependent on Office is a really bad idea with all the updates and changes they make.

Plus, the limitations on the engine make large solutions impossible. Even the 64-bit version of Access still has 2GB file limit. Ask me how I know.
OriginalGriff 8-Sep-23 9:41am    
Likewise - I use SqLite for single user DB's and SQL Server for multiuser.
Member 14168791 9-Sep-23 3:16am    
Red your comments and agree. But using SQL server in the web-hotel increases the cost for our poor ngo with almost 100 times - not to think about. The size of our DB is only 2 MB so the limits of the Provider (=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;) is far away.
But thanks for your inputs - appreciated!
OriginalGriff 9-Sep-23 4:25am    
If you are using this in a multiuser situation, then Access (or any other non-server based DB Engine) is going to give problems: lots of them that are a real PITA to work round.
There is a free edition of SQL Server which for a small app would probably never hits it's limitations:,web%2C%20and%20small%20server%20applications.
You would want two copies: one for dev and one for prod on separate machines - never try to develop against the production DB! :D

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