SourceSafe 2005 and Visual Studio .NET 2003

It IS possible to use the new SourceSafe 2005 Beta 2 from Visual Studio .NET 2003. There are a few things to remember, however:

  1. VSS 6.0 and VSS 2005 do not live side-by-side. I think they can be installed together (don't quote me on that), but you can't switch between providers without unregistering and re-registering COM DLLs.
  2. You can use VS.NET 2003 to connect to your "Remote Access" VSS databases too. You'll have to switch to the other VSS provider, using a tool like this.
  3. If you want to use the Remote Access, the configuration program only works on the "Default" web site in IIS. If you want it on another site, you have to manually add the proper virtual directory.

Now, for some criticisms:

  1. Database configuration is still too much of a pain. Especially for the web access. There should be a way to point a specific web location to a specific database (If there is a way, I haven't seen it yet)
  2. Why isn't there an ASP.NET version of the Windows client?

Good stuff so far. More as it happens.

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