How to merge two Visual SourceSafe databases

This is a piece of cake when you know VSS has already provided tools for that. Irealised that some companies have different teams keeping their sources in differentVSS repositories. Maybe not all of them willing to merge these but certainly somedo. I was thinking of creating such a tool to bring all the history of the filesusing VSS programming API. I have investigated the VSS Admin and yes it doesit for free.

  • Open the VSS Admin screen (obviously you need to have administrative privilages)
  • From the menu’s select Archive->ArchiveProjects.. and create archive files foreach database.
  • Repeat this for all the vss databases you want to merg together
  • Create the destination VSS databased from the admin screen.
  • In that database create projects on the root. This is making it conviniet to importeach database into a seporate project. Although this step is not necessary and youcan do that during the next step too.
  • From the menu’s select Archive->RestoreProjects.. and select the archived file.Follow the wizard to select a location to restore the old database into the newlacation.

    Isn’t this just simple!

    Author: Pouya Panahy

    Microsoft certified DevOps engineer with passion in analysing, designing and implementing solutions for Azure Cloud with hands-on experience in security and quality assurence.

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