There is an easy way to convert an Access db to an SQL db... upsize the database using Tools/Database Utilities/Upsizing Wizard. If not already installed, this will install an MS SQLServer Manager. You will still be able to use MS Access to access this data but it is now in SQL format.
OK, that is "easy" but have you really converted a database to SQL Server, or just converted the data, and now you have a lot of work to do it "right"? That was my reason for say No, because I see much more to the project than just getting the data into SQL from Access, even if you are going to keep using Access as your front end.
I am currently in the middle of a project of doing just that, and by converting to Stored Procedures, etc, we have gained a tremendous amount of extra speed in the response from SQL as just doing the initial "conversion."
But, yes, I will agree, the Tools/Database Utilities/Upsizing Wizard is a very easy step.
Although, I do not have extensive experience converting MS Access to SQL and I'm sure there are many issues involved that I have no understanding or knowledge of, I have converted tables to SQL and linked them to my MS Access application - as I would any other external database that Access is compatible with and I have had no problems using my existing forms, queries, reports and/or modules.
The user asked if there was an easy way to convert his access db to SQL. In my experience, if my database forms, queries, reports and modules work in MS Access format -before I upsize, I see no reason why it shouldn't work in the same manner after I've upsized my tables and linked them to my Access application. Based on this, I responded to the question and I still stand by my statement.
Are there acceptions? Most likely.
Should I have responded that you have to be careful, not everything will work the same after upsizing? It's not my experience, so.. no, I don't think I should have said that.
I'm assuming you are refering to the fact that Access names SQL tables with the dbo_ in front of the names we already gave these tables. What I do is write a very quick and easy rename routine that only looks at tables that start with "dbo_" and then rename them without the "dbo_".
Saves a lot of time.