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What is stored in Visual SourceSafe?

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My team is thinking of using Visual SourceSafe, however we are somewhat limited in our server space.  My question is this:  What is actually stored in source safe?

The system requirements say that the typical installation for SourceSafe server components are 128MB.  How much bigger does this get with each project?  Is the project itself stored in VSS?  If I add a 2 meg project does it add 2 megs to VSS?  If I then make changes and it becomes a 2.5 meg project what is the total storage needed by VSS 2.5 or 4.5?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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by:bruintje
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Hi, sswylie

maybe this article can give you more inside thoughts on using VSS
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnvss/html/vssbest.asp

HTH:O)Bruintje
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by:sswylie
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I've read that document, and it gives good info on how big each database should be, but it doesn't help me understand exactly *what* is stored in each database.

Is the actual project stored there?  If so, is there a new database created for each project?
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well for you practical question, can't find anything on it

even the setup guide or the administration guide don't mention this, or i didn't look in the right place yet

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/guides/html/vstskmanage_the_database.asp

but because i work with it a lot, i can answer this
-yes every changed version of a file is stored
-and better not save exe's to prevent bloat and out of date stuff in the database

-if there are only versions of files then it will not save the complete project every time and this will thus vary your growth path

HTH:O)Bruintje
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by:sswylie
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Thanks for your help.  I couldn't find an "official" answer from Microsoft so your answer really helped me out.
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by:bruintje
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thanks for the grade, when i find something else i'll post here
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