You would use a source control system to do this. Why is SVN not an option?
The network and servers are controlled centrally and would require getting business case together etc and bid for the system to be implemented. As you can appreciate this is a time consuming process and there are no guarentes that it will be sucessfully agreed and implemented. The flex project we are wanting to work on needs to be started asap and waiting for the process has a serious knock on. Are there any other way?
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I would say that rushing into development without a source-control system will cost you more in the long-run. If your organisation is serious about developing software it then it needs to invest in the necesary infrastructure, so you should get that process kicked-off as soon as possible.
In the interim you could set-up a source control server on one developer's machine or commandeer a spare machine to use as a temporary source control server. Just make sure you have it backed-up regularly. Or you could use one of the online source control services; many will support private repositories for a small fee.
Many thanks for the advice.
I see that this is the only way forwards and so I will get this sorted before we start.
To follow up on Paul's post, with a decentralized system like git, there is no need to install anything on any central server--you can synch with each others' machines directly. I'm not sure if you want to brave git's rather steep learning curve, but rushing headlong into a multi-person project without a version control strategy is suicide. Maybe take a look at mercurial (I've never used it, but it is said to be more user-friendly while offering the same advantages as git in this area)?