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Hi ,

 

   I have recently installed Visual Source Safe 6.0d on my server. I have created VSS database on the server as well as users. But I would like to connect to this VSS Server from my remote client using the ip address of the server. I am very new to this and would like to make VSS as my source safe repository.

 

Please assists ASAP.

 

3 Answers Found

 

Answer 1

Hi zeeshan,

You can refer to the article by Alin below on how to configure internet access for SourceSafe:
http://alinconstantin.homeip.net/webdocs/scc/VSS_Internet.htm

I recommend you try SourceAnywhere for VSS, which is a remote access add-on tool for SourceSafe. It's easy to configure and allows you to connect to remote VSS database fast and safely.

Regards,


Catherine Sea
Version Control Software | Software Configuration Management Solution

 

Answer 2

Hi Catherine,

   Thanks for the reply. I had gone through the article earlier, but I did not get the option for installing the Microsoft Visual Source Safe (Internet) plugin. I tried with the custom installation but was not able to find this option anywhere.

  The issue is very much confusing to me. Like why cannot we have an internet access to the VSS database on the server , as far as I have read we need to setup a VPN and then connect to the server. I thought it would be similar to SVN Tortoise which is very easy to configure and acess remotely.

  Moreover I still am confused , if there is a way to configure the VSS server and access it from VSS Client , then why should people use third party tools like SourceAnyWhereand many more avaialable on internet.

 I really love working on VSS and am very much interested in continuing working on VSS , but I dont know why its so difficult. Can you tell me the steps if you have configured it earlier.

  Thanks

 

Answer 3

The issue is very much confusing to me. Like why cannot we have an internet access to the VSS database on the server , as far as I have read we need to setup a VPN and then connect to the server. I thought it would be similar to SVN Tortoise which is very easy to configure and acess remotely.

zeeshan,

Visual SourceSafe uses standard Win32 file I/O to access the VSS database.  Over a LAN, this is architecture is not too bad.  And while it can be done (opening up standard NetBIOS ports or the share through a VPN, over a WAN, this usage of VSS Explorer can bring your system to its knees.  Some have had success accessing the VSS share over a VPN, and others have not.  It really depends on your overall make up of the VSS database, the network connection, etc.

For this reason there have been third party tools (like SourceOffSite ) which let you gain access to your VSS database.  Those tools changed the manner in which VSS data is transported from a VSS database to the end user. 

In terms of configuration, if you will be using the VSS plugin, you will need to go to VSS 2005 and make sure you have the correct pieces installed - Using Visual SourceSafe in Microsoft Visual Studio .  Note, you will only have access to the VSS database through Visual Studio.

If you need more functionality when operating on your VSS database, you would want to look at either a VPN or move to something like SourceOffSite. SourceOffSite help can be found at http://support.sourcegear.com

Hope this helps.


Jeff Clausius - SourceGear
 
 
 

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