You really should not be working directly off the server. I've run into all kinds of interesting issues working off of servers and external disks. Work on the files on your local computer and replace on the server when you're done.
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I’m going to disagree with Jeff here. While it’s important to make sure the network is robust enough to handle multiple users there should be no reason not to work directly from one. In fact, most collaborative workflows require it.
Are you on Mac or Windows or a mix of both? I would talk to the IT folks and make sure the server permissions are set properly for each user.
Hmm! Live and learn.
I know that working directly off an afp or smb server is asking for trouble sometimes. But, given the amount of hands that have access to our ad documents, the overwriting of files by saving to hard drives is too real a possibility.
We work on macs on use an AFP server for our documents and images. You are probably correct with the permissions problems, and will let our IT department know.