i wrote this forum a while back with a problem i had concerning how i could get my ASP to access a database which was already being used exclusively by a helpdesk package, even tho the database itself was _shared.<BR><BR>Dutch and Pete responded with some very good ideas but i found an alternative which works exactly how i need it too.<BR><BR>instead of accessing the DB itself, you build a new &#039;ghost&#039; DB which contains links to the tables in the original database (import/linked tables). you then use the ASP to access that database which then retrieves the data from the original one.<BR><BR>cheers<BR>andy