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using visual source safe with multiple users

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Hi there;

I want to use visual source safe with multiple users. Could you provide me an example of using it?
(illustrated link).

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I'm not sure I fully understand the question. You install VSS on your central server, create a database, set up the users, and everyone points at the central srcsafe.ini file.

If you require more detail you may wish to consider reviewing the following articles.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/k70f6y0b(v=vs.80).aspx

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/wa77s8c0(v=vs.80).aspx
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ok, i followed the steps, but got a question.

Scenario:
I add the sln to source control. I write some code and checked in VSS and check in, and see my code history with this, as I write a line for each version. I am able to trace down the history. Then, I tried to checkout and the cs files become locked, and cannot edit the file after checkout as I have the checkout error or user cancellation. So, is it expected?

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So, why do we need checkout? (most idiotic question) I can have cersions with checkins.

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Did you try getting the latest version? It could be you are trying to use an older version.
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If you are working within a team environment, you have other developers modifying other files within the project. At some point you will want to synchronize your project with all of the latest changes that are in the VSS database. To do so you will click on the project in the Visual Studio .NET Solution Explorer window, right-click and then click Get Latest Version (Recursive). This will go to the VSS database and retrieve any changed files and bring them into your project. You can now run the project locally on your machine and see all the changes that other developers have made.

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Check out downloads the data or information from the Server to the Local system and marks them as 'in use'.
If your IT team has several developers and you checkout a solution to work on and another team member tries to check it out and make changes, he/she will be unable to until you check your version in.
That way you cannot run into the problem where two people start working on the same project. The both make changes to the original code (not to the code being changed by the other one). So whoever is done last would actually have his changes in. The first person would have lost all his changes.  Obviously only one person should be making changes at a time and the checkout process makes sure of that.
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