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When opening files from a server, is it better to open the files directly from a server to edit OR open the serVer files and edit a local desktop copy ...
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    Edit files from server or desktop?


    When opening files from a server, is it better to open the files
    directly from a server to edit OR open the serVer files and edit a local
    desktop copy of the file????

    Ive been told by our IT supplier that files should be copied onto
    the local desktop before editing; then at session's end, save the file back
    onto the server. Is that the best method (with the app
    installed locally)????

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    I should think that there would be no difference, except that you might have better response times if it was done locally (though unless you're doing MAJOR operations, the difference is probably in milliseconds).

    Also, doing it locally means that if the server goes down or gets compromised, or anything like that, you have a local copy.

    But as far as a technical reason, I don't think there's much of a difference.

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    The concern might well have been to lowewer network traffic as much as anything. To be honest that's probably the only logical reason you'd do that in the long term, as a good desktop policy would ensure that no files would be kept even temporarily on client machines.

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    I agree, editing remote files via a network share isn't any different than copying local, editing, the copying back and if you ask me, the latter is allowing too much room for user error.

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