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Implement versioning in Project Online

Similar to the functionality available in Project Server on premise, please implement automatic and nightly backups and the ability to restore from backup project schedules in Project Online.

This way, if a user's schedule becomes corrupted or inadvertently publishes erroneous data, an administrator will be able to restore a previous copy of the schedule to the Project Online tenant without causing Timesheet and data anomalies.

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      • Julie H commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree - I find it odd that you cannot rollback versions of plans on PWA. My PMs are taking snapshots and saving to a shared network drive just in case anything untoward happens with the plan, but as you can't actually copy over details from on plan to another, the practicality of using that in the future actually makes it useless - unless you then revert to working offline again and not having a synchronized plan on PWA.

        Please can you let me know where this sits on your development roadmap?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please develop this feature as it is imperative to track versions and restore them...

        Regards,

      • Monica G commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I head up a PMO for a national organisation. I implemented Project Online as the project management and tracking solution over the last year and have since been assessing fit with the organisation. We have a number of staff who are asked to manage projects alongside their day job and errors naturally occur. Without the ability to revert to previous checked in versions, I must reconsider the benefit of this tool to our organisation. Users assume that "check-in" implies version control, and therefore safety, in a SharePoint environment. Confidence in the tool must be high in order to drive uptake and recovery facilities are considered a significant factor in our continued use. Please consider priority implementation of this feature.

      • Caitlin Young commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It is impossible to justify to end users why Project schedules don't have versioning when "everything else" in SharePoint does. With the browser session timeout limit we urge users to Save frequently, however they cannot discard the Draft or rollback to the last Published version. They cannot get a previous version in case of corruption or a mistaken update within the schedule. Even if there are imposed limitations on # of versions, this is a critical function.

      • Project Manager commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        How clueless are the Microsoft developers to release this without version control.
        It is obvious to everyone that this is a critical feature.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Setting the number of versions (eg, 10 or 50) to keep would be a huge leap forward in order to provide out of the box trending.

      • planner 1 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Essential for a complex tool that may be edited by many users with a varying skill set.

      • Joe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We should be able to see past published versions of a timeline. At the Admin level, we should be able to set the number of versions (eg, 10 or 50) based on the number of project plans we have and system performance.

      • Robert commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Versioning is definitely a must. It would be highly beneficial for users to have this. An option to store several drafts (say, a max. of 5).

        This would not only enable rollback, but also scenario management for the project manager. I.e. if the PM is awaiting a decision with different outcomes to the plan, then it is ready to be published as soon as the decision is made and work can start immediately.

      • Joe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm the head of a PMO that uses Project Online. Recently I edited one of my PMs project plans, and she said that the dependencies are now incorrect, so she asked me to revert back to the prior version. I was surprised to learn that there is no way to do this in Project Online. This is absolutely critical to a multi-user environment.

      • HJL commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It has been a real problem for clients not to have this capability

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        this is a must in a production environment with different people working simultaneously on different projects

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        talking with MS support staff, the only way to restore a file currently hosted by Project Online is to restore the entire library of projects to a previous time point. This causes extreme headaches and is not a viable option. The Project suite is extremely useful but Online is lacking this extremely important feature.

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