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Anyone use eComponent Document Version Limiter

  Asked By: Kari    Date: Apr 20    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 666

Does anyone have any experience with eComponent document version

I have tried it out on my test SharePoint instance and it doesn't
always seem to work. To my knowledge it is the only such version
control add-on out there. Does anyone know of any other version
control web part or component?

I can't believe "versioning" in SharePoint is this weak. Not only does
it not do an incremental save of the document, it doesn't even check
if the document has been changed. If we would have known this in the
beginning, we would have figured out a way to disable versioning
documents all together. Now we have balooning storage.



7 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Sharonda Mcfarland     Answered On: Apr 20

Subversion + Apache2/WebDav – treat it like a network share in webpart
Problem solved. Of course you cant version  those ugly office files because they are binary in nature..

In other words, ive learned to accept that its limited in this way!

Answer #2    Answered By: Cory Brooks     Answered On: Apr 20

From my experience  (sales/marketing org with a portal of about 400+ teamsites
and 1000 employees, 1 administrator), enable quotas, let your end users choose
whether they version  or not, make them aware that versions are part  of the
quota, and teach them how to delete previous versions. in other words share
your pain with the end-users, but also show them how they can help you.

with regards to my "useless" post, it is an actual solution. if you knew
anything about subversion you would understand why. i suppose you were looking
for something that you just double-click-installed on the portal servers, and
one doesnt exist to my knowledge.

Answer #3    Answered By: Ruth George     Answered On: Apr 20

What about the versioning  capabilities built into MS Office 2003? You can save  versions of Word documents, for example, directly in Word.

Answer #4    Answered By: Peter Peterson     Answered On: Apr 20

No, I do not know anything about subversion whether it applies to
software or political systems. We are a totally Microsoft shop -
this is something totally out of my control.

I have inherited a SharePoint portal culture where the end-user has
been completely misinformed about versioning. Now, I am charged with
cleaning up the mess. I have recently started to educate all of the
site administrators about this issue. But since they don't report
directly to me, there's only so much I can do.

In my shop the very mention of Apache will cause daggers to be drawn. So, please don't take offense, but the suggestion is totally useless in our IT culture. Heck, I don't have anything against opensource either. Perhaps, if SharePoint was built in an opensource environment, we wouldn't have to wait for the next upgrade to fix this issue.

Answer #5    Answered By: Kalyan Pujari     Answered On: Apr 20

If SharePoint and other Microsoft products had been written in Open Source, we’d all be working with Macintosh right now.

Answer #6    Answered By: Isidro Berger     Answered On: Apr 20

Subversion is just another type of SCM (source control mgmt) system, like VSS, CVS, Clear Case, Vault, or Team Foundation Server. The biggest difference between Subversion (SVN) and VSS (what I assume most people are familiar with on this list) is that VSS is more of a pessimistic locking (check out locks a file, no one can alter it until it’s checked back in) and SVN is optimistic locking (nothing is ever checked in/out… you just make changes and update them in SVN… if two people changed  the same file, you have to resolve the conflict).

It’s ideally used for source code, but I’m sure you could use it for documentation systems, just as some people use VSS as a versioned documentation repository. But hey, not everyone uses tools for their intended uses! Just ask the BA’s who think Excel is a database (sorry to any BA’s on the list)

Answer #7    Answered By: Schuyler Le     Answered On: Apr 20

Just food for thought, Subversion + Trac/Jira framework makes for a very nice DMS whether it be for binary or text type files. Before I ever started using sharepoint  however, I was really addicted to this project called “OWL” http://owl.sourceforge.net, its a LAMP app that’s straight to the point!

Using open source when I can.

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