TFS - add as link menu option - substitute for VSS Share File

Since sharing is not a feature supported by TFS, I have found some sources that suggest using ADD EXISTING ITEM, and then finding the file to share and choosing the "Add As Link" option.

I never get that option, and my button only shows "Add".  My "add existing item" dialog box does not match.  Is this another setting?
KarenH1Asked:
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Mohamed OsamaSenior IT ConsultantCommented:
You have followed the below article with no luck ?
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/9f4t9t92.aspx
If so , could you elaborate more on which versions of Visual studio & TFS you have.


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KarenH1Author Commented:
Yes, this is the article I am trying to follow.

I am using VS 2008 v.9.0.30729.1 SP
Framework V. 3.5 SP1

I am still looking for the version of TFS, but since I do not have admistrative rights, I may have to research that more.

It may not be a TFS issue, since I tried to with a local project and I also did not have an "add as link" option.
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Mohamed OsamaSenior IT ConsultantCommented:
I realize it is most likely client side, was just asking ut of habit really.
now when you say "I never get that option, and my button only shows "Add".  My "add existing item" dialog box does not match" , do you mean that the add existing item is just not there ?
are you selecting a project file or a folder when you try the right click ?
things should look as per screenshot.



add.JPG
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KarenH1Author Commented:
I went back to our VS2005 environment under Visual Source Safe source control, and my screen matches your screenshot - I have the "add as link" choice on the "Add" button.

But in the VS2008 under TFS source control, my "Add" button does not give me any choices - it remains a simple "Add" button.
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Mohamed OsamaSenior IT ConsultantCommented:
Ok , if I were in your place, I would begin by making sure you have VS2008 Team explorer installed , then follow by (re)installing Service Pack 1 for Visual studio 2008 , I have seen this solve its fair share of VS anomalies.
get from your SCM / TFS admin , or from the below links
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0ed12659-3d41-4420-bbb0-a46e51bfca86&displaylang=en
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=27673C47-B3B5-4C67-BD99-84E525B5CE61&displaylang=en
Note : I included the link for VS2008 SP1  in ISO format instead of the online installer which is a bit quirky IMO.


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