Visual Source Safe 2005 on Windows Server 2012 R2

Hi there,

We have been tasked with getting rid of all of our Windows Server 2003 servers since support for 2003 will soon end. We currently have a Windows Server 2003 VM that hosts VSS 2005. Instead of going to Windows Server 2008, we want to go right to Windows Server 2012 to replace this 2003 VM. With that, can we configure VSS 2005 to work with Windows Server 2012? If so, what is required and what additional installations do we need to do in order to get it working properly?

Thanks and please ask any questions you may have!

- Christian



It should just work. There is no real VSS server component, so all is based on file sharing, and the VSS application logic is run on the client. There is one server component (Visual SourceSafe LAN Service, SSService.exe) which runs as a service on the server, which provides faster access when using Visual Studio - and that should work the same.
I didn't try, but I see no reason that it does not work. We use VSS 2005 on W2008R2 (64bit, of course), and there are no issues.



It should just work. There is no real VSS server component, so all is based on file sharing, and the VSS application logic is run on the client. There is one server component (Visual SourceSafe LAN Service, SSService.exe) which runs as a service on the server, which provides faster access when using Visual Studio - and that should work the same.
I didn't try, but I see no reason that it does not work. We use VSS 2005 on W2008R2 (64bit, of course), and there are no issues.



Didn't you think about switching the source safe platform? Subversion or Git is much better than the old VSS.



Likewise it should work out on 2012 r2 but probably you need to check the SSL based connection as 2012r2 has more stringent crypto (e.g. sslv3 and below disabled, TLS 1.2 is enabled by default) and likely your need to re-issue your ssl server cert in IIS running - https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/library/ms181053(v=vs.80).aspx
regardless, I do not see it as showstopper, and I believe it should be working with latest .net framework installed too. I have not tried though



Hi all;

Thanks very much for the replies! I am hoping VSS will work just fine with 2012 R2. Does anyone have a great tutorial for how to properly install VSS? I want to ensure I follow all of the required steps.

Thanks,
- Christian



The closest and official is likely only in MSDN on 2 core steps (though it stated 2K3)
Installing Visual SourceSafe > https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/b8e72409(v=vs.80).aspx
Adding and Configuring a Database > https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms181056(v=vs.80).aspx

But really i dont think that can be found and even then it is not supported per se. MS already stated the next successor is Visual Studio 2010, and no longer distributes Visual SourceSafe. MS offers Team Foundation Server Basic for smaller development teams. Understand there may be a hotfix so existing SourceSafe customers can use SourceSafe with Visual Studio 2010. The latter support Windows 2012 R2. And probably there is something to explore instead. http://alinconstantin.blogspot.sg/2013/11/using-visual-sourcesafe-2005-with.html

But do note the final version of VSS 2005, retired from mainstream support on 10 July 2012 - extended support ending on 11 July 2017...https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa302175.aspx

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