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Article ID: 123467 - Last Review: February 24, 2014 - Revision: 2.1

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Use the Mkss.exe in the ADMIN sub-directory to create a new SourceSafe database by following these steps:

  1. Create a target directory for the new database.
  2. Run MKSS <directory>.
  3. Run DDCONV <directory>.
You do not need to use the following step with Visual Sourcesafe version 4.0.

  1. Execute SERIALIZE <directory> -s<serial number>, to initialize the database with serial number information.
If you need to move the resulting database, copy all resulting files and subdirectories to the new location.

MKSS and DDCONV are in the WIN32 directory in Visual SourceSafe 4.x and 5.x.


For additional information, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
176909  ( ) HOWTO: Move a VSS Database or Project to New Location

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