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Article ID: 918896 - Last Review: January 17, 2015 - Revision: 1.1

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When you use the VSSConverter command-line utility to migrate a German or French version of a Microsoft Visual SourceSafe database to Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation source control, an extra file may also be migrated. This problem may occur when the Visual SourceSafe database has shared files.

The name of the extra file that is migrated is a concatenation of the name of the corresponding shared file and a share action string. Eventually, the tip version matching feature of Team Foundation deletes the extra file.


Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that is described in this article. Only apply it to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix may receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next Visual Studio 2005 Team System service pack that contains this hotfix.

To resolve this problem immediately, contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain the hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services telephone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site: (
Note In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Microsoft Support Professional determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.


You must have Visual Studio 2005 Team System installed to apply this hotfix.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File Information

The French or German version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a bug in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.


When you use the VSSConverter command-line utility in the scenario that is described in the "Symptoms" section, the shared file is migrated correctly. All the history that is related to the shared file before the share action process is also migrated. However, you may encounter history problems if you rename the parent project folder of the child file before you migrate the database.

The VSSConverter command-line utility analyzes Visual SourceSafe databases for migration to Team Foundation source control. The utility also migrates Visual SourceSafe databases to Team Foundation source control.

The VSSConverter.exe file is located in the Drive:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Common7\IDE folder. You can also use the VSSConverter command-line utility at the Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Command Prompt.

For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684  ( ) Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates


For more information about how to use the VSSConverter command-line utility, visit the following Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Web site: (

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Software Architects
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Software Developers
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Software Testers
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