Using Visual SourceSafe – How to manage users

This article is a part of SourceSafe / VSS Tutorial

Visual SourceSafe (VSS) users are based on VSS databases. When a VSS database is created, there will be two default users added to the database: Admin and Guest. As the database administrator, we need to add user accounts for all of the users who will work on the database.

 

To add a user in a VSS database, please follow steps below:

1. Log in Visual SourceSafe Administrator as Admin.

2. On the File menu, click Open SourceSafe Database to select a VSS database.

Open SourceSafe Database
(Open SourceSafe Database)

 

3. On the Users menu, click Add User to bring up the Add User dialog box.

Add User
(Add User)

 

4. Input the user name and password. Check the Read only option to assign the new user read-only permissions for the current database, or leave it unchecked to assign the new user read-write permissions.

5. Click OK to finish adding a new user.

 

To edit a user in a VSS database, we can click Edit User on the Users menu in Visual SourceSafe Administrator, or we can just double-click the selected user, and the Edit User dialog box will prompt, as seen in the following screen shot:

Edit User
(Edit User)

 

If other users forget their passwords, we as Admin can click Change Password on the Users menu in Visual SourceSafe Administrator to reset their passwords.

Change Password
(Change Password)

 

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10 thoughts on “Using Visual SourceSafe – How to manage users

  1. Hi,
    I once installed Visual studio 6 and VSS 2005 on my machine. At this time I was actually not in need of Administartion. but only checkin and checkout.
    Now I want to try VSS server administartion.
    I uninstalled the above two applications and installed VSS 6.0 on my system.
    But its not creating new database and admin users.
    Its using the old Databse. So I can not log in as administartor as I dont remember the password. Could you please help me.

  2. Thank you kindly. Our admin is away and without this we wouldn’t have been able to add a new user. Luckily the Admin password is easy to guess!

  3. Hi,
    I have been using VSS for quite some time, but till now not able to figure out how to log admin user actions.
    For example I want to know when the admin user created a user, what rights were given to user and revoked and for which project folders etc.,

    Request help on this. It would be great if you can email me on this to sudhakaratp@gmail.com

    Regards,
    Sudhakara.T.P.

  4. VSS 2005 can integrate with AD. There is a “Use network name for automatic user log in” option in the General tab of the SourceSafe Options dialog box. The dialog box can be brought by clicking menu Tools-> Options in the VSS Admin tool.

    When this option is enabled, VSS will use your Windows login/username to log into VSS automatically and your password will not be checked. If there is no such user name in VSS database, a visual log in dialog box will show up.

    Thanks.

    Thanks.

  5. Does VSS 2005 integrate with logins in AD or are the two login stores still separate? My scenario is if I have an AD login that is locked out due to failed login attempts, could that login still access VSS?

    By the looks of this, it still looks like they are separate but any info would help.

    Thanks in advance!

  6. Hi, This is srihari rao from India (Delhi) ,

    I Would like to Requested you ,I Need to implement SourceSafe software in our Orginization and we are using Oracle APPS (11i) . So that could you pl provide me
    Proper Learning documents ,Installation guide, quotation & os compatability & certification. If Any trail version
    Hence we have to study before implementing..

    Thanks & Regards

    Srihari rao..

  7. Hi, This is srihari rao from India (Delhi) ,

    I Would like to Requested you ,I Need to implement SourceSafe software in our Orginization and we are using Oracle APPS (11i) . So that could you pl provide me
    Proper Learning documents ,Installation guide, quotation & os compatability & sertification.

    Hence we have to discussed with our Management for
    further process..

    Thanks & Regards

    Srihari rao..

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