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First published by:
Troy Wolbrink
on 16 Jan 2009
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Troy Wolbrink
on 16 Jan 2009
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How do I get past this error: "It is already opened exclusively by another user, or you need permission..."?

If you are trying to open a TntMPD database on a network share or network drive and if you receive this error message:

The Microsoft Jet database engine cannot open the file '\\SharedComputer\My Documents\Something.mpddb'.  It is already opened exclusively by another user, or you need permission to view its data.

Here's one possible solution that seems to work most of the time:

From the host computer:
  1. Open the folder where this TntMPD database exists.
  2. Select the database ("Something.mpddb").
  3. Under the "Edit" menu, click on "Copy".
  4. Under the "Edit" menu, click on "Paste".
      (You should now have an additional file "Copy of Something.mpddb".)
  5. Delete the original database file ("Something.mpddb").
  6. Rename the "Copy of Something.mpddb" to "Something.mpddb" (remove "Copy Of" from the name).

That's it!  This little trick seems to take care of the problem most of the time.  Hopefully it works for you!

Recent Comments

By: HeadHancho Posted on 4 Jan 2010 4:09 PM

You are a genius!!!!!!!  Thanks so much.

By: LifeImpact-CR Posted on 31 Aug 2011 2:39 AM

Not sure why this happens in the first place but this little 15 second trick definitely fixes the problem. I'd only add that you can not be running TnT when you do this process. Just exit out of TnT and then follow the directions above.

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