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  • Question

  • Our office uses some home developed apps using Access 2003. This will be a legacy app soon, but we need to keep the records due to HIPAA compliance. For DR purposes, would it be able to keep a copy of Microsoft Office 2003 saved on the cloud so we can download if needed to restore? Or does Microsoft make this version available for download if needed? We need to know so we can plan our DR accordingly. Thank you!
    Friday, February 1, 2013 6:39 PM

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  • If you want to use Office 2003 to access the program in the future you have a couple of options:

    • save the product key and installation file in the backup system (cloud?) along with the data (no guarantee how long you will be able to install and activate them, but people are still using Office 97 ... )
    • setup a "virtual machine" with 2003 installed in it and backup the VHD (or whatever format) file
    • use the export function to save the data in a generic format (ie CSV) that will be easily imported into newer databases as required
    • generate reports on all data in the file in PDF or some other generic format that will be easily readable

    Note: MS will NOT make installation file available in the future. Already you cannot get 2003 installation files from public MS downloads, and even 2007 installation files are getting hard to find

    Sunday, March 24, 2013 7:57 AM