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Title: Configuration%20Management-VSS

  • Configuration Management-VSS

  • Configuration Management - VSS
  • Salient features in VSS
  • (Visual Source Safe)

What is Configuration Management
  • Configuration Management is a set of activities
    designed to control
  • change by identifying the work products that are
    likely to change,
  • establishing relationships among them, defining
    mechanisms for
  • managing different versions of these work
    products, controlling the
  • changes imposed, and auditing and reporting on
    the changes made.

Need of Configuration Management
  • Need of configuration management is to establish
    and maintain the
  • integrity of the products (Components, data and
    documentation) of the
  • software or system through the project and
    product life cycle.
  • Software Configuration Management - VSS (Visual
    Source Safe), in
  • other word can define VSS as a Version Control

Overview of salient features in Visual Source Safe
  • Folders creation
  • Document Naming
  • Versions
  • Check in
  • Check out
  • Get Latest
  • Difference
  • Labels
  • History
  • Destroy
  • Archive/Backup
  • Restore
  • Security

VSS Structure
Menu Bar
Tool Bar
Items counts for the selected Project/Folder
Logged In Username
The main tasks of Software Configuration
Management activities are
  • Identifying and organizing the software
    Configurable items
  • Maintaining change requests and systematically
    controlling the changes to the Configurable items
  • Tracking the status of the Configurable items
  • Review and Audit of the software configuration
    management activities

Configurable Items and Non Configurable Items
  • List of items which undergoes version changes can
    be called as
  • Configurable Items. i.e. Requirement
    Traceability Matrix, Test cases
  • document, etc
  • Items that do not undergo version changes can be
    called as either Non
  • Configurable Items or Miscellaneous Items. i.e.
    Daily status report,
  • MOM, etc

Visual Source Safe features
  • Document, Folder and File naming in VSS - It is
    to provide a
  • mechanism for communicate key document, folder
    and file information to the user at a glance.
  • Versions - Archiving and tracking old versions
    of files, which can be retrieved for other
    purposes. VSS keeps track of old versions in 3
    ways - by internal version number, by date, and
    by user-defined labels.
  • Check Out - To make changes to the existing file
    in VSS. When you Check Out an item, VSS places a
    writable copy in your working folder or local
    hard drive.
  • Check In - To update your checked out file from
    your working folder to VSS.
  • Contd

VSS Features
  • Features in File menu are,
  • Open SourceSafe DB
  • Add File
  • Create Project
  • Set Working Folder
  • Label

  • Get Latest Version - To avail/download a copy of
    document or
  • project from VSS to your working folder or local
    hard drive.
  • Differences - Compares two files or folders in
    VSS, then shows you the
  • differences, if any.
  • Labels - When you add labels to the
    folders/projects in VSS, you
  • can retrieve the files associated with a
    particular state of your
  • project/folder from the History dialog box.
  • History - It gives the history of a selected
    file, including all
  • significant events, such as the creation date,
    check in dates, and
  • current version number.
  • Contd

VSS Features
  • Features in Tools menu are,
  • Show History
  • Show Differences
  • Change Password

VSS Features
  • Features in SourceSafe menu are,
  • Get Latest Version
  • Check In
  • Check Out
  • Undo Check Out

VSS Admin Features
  • Settings by Admin
  • A responsible person for Installation, Setting
    Up a Database , Access
  • Rights, Manage the Database, Setting Project
    Options, Setting Project
  • Options, Administrator
  • Commands Administrator
  • Dialog Boxes. Also
  • creating and managing
  • the integrity of source
  • control databases,
  • maintaining user lists
  • and resolving user issues.

  • Destroy - When you destroy a file or folder
    permanently, you cannot recover it within
  • VSS, also the all previous history information
    pertaining to that file is lost.
  • Lock Unlock - VSS Administrators job to manage
    the database. This includes
  • analyzing the data folder to look
  • for signs of database corruption,
  • archiving the database
  • when it becomes too large,
  • and cleaning the Temp Folder.
  • To perform these actions
  • administrator may need to lock
  • and Unlock the VSS Database.

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