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Language: Enterprise
Expertise: Intermediate
Aug 4, 2000

Use SourceSafe Shadow File Option

Microsoft Visual SourceSafe (VSS) doesn't store its data in a format you readily can use, and MS wouldn't put the "Analyze and Fix" option on your menu if it wasn't needed. To automatically save your development projects in their native formats, just tell SourceSafe's Admin -> Tools -> Options to set your Shadows folder.

If you set "Shadows" to the root project "/$", then all the projects in your VSS database get "Shadowed" automatically—even the new ones, as they are created.

It's also a good idea to make the Shadow Directory on another hard disk, back it up regularly, run the "Analyze And Fix" routine every now and again, and regularly Archive the SourceSafe data (VSS Admin Main Menu).

Pat Tormey
 
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