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Error message when you try to open a linked SharePoint table in Access 2007: "The Microsoft Office Access database engine could not find the object"

SYMPTOMS
When you try to open a linked Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services table in Microsoft Office Access 2007, you may receive an error message that resembles the following error message:
The Microsoft Office Access database engine could not find the object 'Object name'. Make sure the object exists and that you spell its name and the path name correctly.
However, the linked SharePoint table opens successfully.

This error message occurs after you update the linked SharePoint table programmatically more than one time in a row by using the Data Access Objects (DAO) RefreshLink method.
CAUSE
This problem occurs because the RefreshLink method ignores the table relationships that are created during the previous call to the method.
WORKAROUND
To work around this problem, programmatically delete the table relationships before you use the RefreshLink method to update the linked table.

Sample subroutine to delete the relationships

To use a subroutine to delete the relationships for the refreshed link, follow these steps:
  1. Insert the following code into a module in Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA):
    Public Sub RemoveInvalidRelationships(strTableName As String)    On Error Resume Next    Dim cnt As Integer    Dim i As Integer    Dim bForeignTable As Boolean    Dim bTable As Boolean    Dim td As TableDef        cnt = CurrentDb.Relations.Count - 1    ' Go through the relationships collection backwards, to ensure that if we delete one, we will have a valid index    For i = cnt To 0 Step -1        bTable = False        bForeignTable = False        If (StrComp(CurrentDb.Relations(i).Table, strTableName, vbTextCompare) = 0) Then bTable = True        If (StrComp(CurrentDb.Relations(i).ForeignTable, strTableName, vbTextCompare) = 0) Then bForeignTable = True                If bTable Xor bForeignTable Then            ' Determine if either the table or foreign table is the table that we are interested in            ' We will then look at the other table to determine if it exists            ' If it doesn't exist, delete the relationship            If bTable Then                Set td = CurrentDb.TableDefs(CurrentDb.Relations(i).ForeignTable)            Else                Set td = CurrentDb.TableDefs(CurrentDb.Relations(i).Table)            End If                        If Err.Number = 3265 Then                CurrentDb.Relations.Delete CurrentDb.Relations(i).Name            End If            Err.Clear        End If            Next iEnd Sub
  2. In the source code where the RefreshLink method is called, insert the following code immediately before the RefreshLink source code line:
    RemoveInvalidRelationships "WSSLink"
    Note "WSSLink" is the name of the linked table that is being refreshed by the RefreshLink method.
STATUS
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
AC2007 ACC2007 Access2007
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Article ID: 926526 - Last Review: 10/15/2007 22:36:00 - Revision: 1.2

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