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Visual SourceSafe 2005 Software Configuration Management in Practice

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Visual SourceSafe 2005 Software Configuration Management in Practice

Overview of this book

Why is Software Configuration Management important?Software Configuration Management (SCM) is the discipline of managing the building and modification of software through techniques including source-code control, revision control, object-build tracking, and release construction. SCM involves identifying the configuration of the software at given points in time, systematically controlling changes to the configuration, and maintaining the integrity and traceability of the configuration throughout the software development lifecycle.Software Configuration Management is one of the first skills a serious developer should master, after becoming proficient with his or her development tools of choice. Unfortunately, this does not always happen because the subject of SCM is not commonly taught in either academic or company training.When developing software, you need to have a manageable team development effort, track and maintain the history of your projects, sustain parallel development on multiple product versions, fix bugs, and release service packs while further developing the application. This is where the concepts of Software Configuration Management come into play; SCM is about getting the job done safer, faster, and better.Visual SourceSafe has a long history behind it. The previous versions were either loved for their ease of use and integration with other Microsoft products, or hated because the headaches caused by using them improperly. This book will help you to avoid such problems.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Visual SourceSafe 2005 Software Configuration Management in Practice
About the Author
About the Reviewers

SourceSafe Installation

The server installation is started by executing Setup.exe from the SourceSafe installation kit.

After loading the required components, the SourceSafe Setup displays the Start Page:

The Start Page asks for the product key, the user name, and the acceptance of the terms of the license agreement.


Every individual installation of SourceSafe requires a separate license. You can reuse the same product key on multiple installations but you must have a license for every one in order to avoid violating the copyright law.

After accepting the license agreement and entering a product key click the Next button to advance to the Options Page:

The Options Page lets you choose from the Default, Full, and Custom install options. To specifically select which components to install, choose the Custom option. Also you can leave the default installation path or set a custom installation path. Click Next to advance to the second Options Page:

The second Options Page lets you choose the components you want to install.

  • Visual SourceSafe: Installs the client components such as Visual SourceSafe Explorer.

  • Administrative Tools: Installs the Visual SourceSafe Administrator and tools for database maintenance.

  • Documentation: Installs the Visual SourceSafe documentation.

  • Server Components: Installs the server components:

    • HTTP Remote Access: Installs the HTTP web service components.

    • LAN Performance Booster Service: Installs the LAN booster Windows service.

Server Configuration

To install SourceSafe 2005 on the server machine, select all the components.

Client Configuration

To install SourceSafe 2005 on the client machines, select only the client components. In the Options Page uncheck the Server Components section.

Finishing the Installation

After choosing the components to install, click Install to advance to the Install Page and finish the installation. After all components are installed, the Setup displays the Finish Page.

Click Finish to close the setup. .