Having problems when saving code in a network folder


I am having our developers save their code and projects in a network directory, since this directory is always being backed up. The projects are being worked using visual studio 2013.

I have had some complaints from a some developers losing some program components a couple of times. I am wondering if this is because the coding is done on a file hosted in a network, I believe that hosting the development files on their local computers will be better (I will have to revise my backup strategy though).

Have someone had this issue and what will be your recommendation?

Any help will be greatly appreciated!
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AndyAinscowFreelance programmer / ConsultantCommented:
If two work on the same file at the same time - yeuch, disaster is just around the corner.  As long as NO files are shared there shouldn't be a problem with what you do currently.
Zac HarrisSystems Administrator Commented:
I would recommend that you use some sort of "source safe" software. Just having code sitting out on a network is basically asking for trouble. You need to use a system that allow you to check code in and out, even better would be to have one that does version control...there are some solutions on the web like Github, but I imagine you want an in-house solution. There is a Github you can host in house located at In-house Github

This way only one person at a time can use the code files and you can keep up with who did what.

I agree with the "source safe" recommendation.  Other than the obvious ability to check code in and out; is the ability to do change tracking and control.

GitHub has already been mentioned, but if you have an MSDN subscription you can use TFS.


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Dirk MareSystems Engineer (Acting IT Manager)Commented:
It could be something as stupid as the antivirus on the server, some code will get flagged as malware or even virus depending on what the code tries to do..

How important is it for everyone to have access to the same file or can each user have its on files? Have you tried creating different folders for the users with in the share and putting a copy of the files in each of the folders that way its still on the server..

LuiLui77Author Commented:
Thank you Gentlemen!
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