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Enabling Visual Source Safe support for Internet Information Server 4.0

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Nov 2, 1998


luis martinez

This document outlines the procedure for enabling Visual Source Safe (VSS)   Integration with Internet Information Server (IIS) for use as a web development platform.

This document outlines the procedure for enabling Visual Source Safe (VSS) Integration with Internet Information Server (IIS) for use as a web development platform.

As prerequisites for installing Visual Source Safe on a web server, we must follow some basic rules regarding the use of Visual Source Safe on Internet Information Server.

1. Visual Source Safe must be installed on the web server where development will take place with Visual InterDev or FrontPage. This is due to the need for the infrastructure provided by the Microsoft FrontPage extensions. The FrontPage extensions provide the extensibility for Visual Source Safe to work with Internet Information server.

2. You must be logged in as an Administrator (or with Administrative rights) to the server where IIS/VSS will be installed.

3. The server where VSS will be installed must be configured with NTFS security. If this is not the case, configure the server for NTFS before attempting to install VSS with IIS. You will encounter serious security issues if this is not followed.

Installing FrontPage Extensions

The FrontPage extensions are what allow VSS to work with IIS. The extensions provide the server the capability to retrieve, modify, create and delete files in any Source Safe Enabled web project. This section deals mainly with the installation and configuration of the FrontPage Extensions for Internet Information Server.

Step 1

Locate the FrontPage CD or download the FrontPage Extensions from Microsoft’s web site at http://www.microsoft.com/frontpage/wpp/license.htm. In fact, to ensure that the latest extensions are used, please use a copy of the latest extensions from the Microsoft site.

Step 2

Double click the fp98ext_x86_enu.exe file that was downloaded from the Microsoft FrontPage web site.

Step 3

As the setup guides you through the extensions installation pay close attention to the IP Addresses or Web Names for which you will be installing the extensions for. Select only those webs for which you will use the FrontPage extensions with VSS.

Step 4

You will be prompted to restart your computer after you are done installing the extensions. You must reboot for the server to finalize the configuration of those extensions.

 

Preparing IIS for VSS Integration

There are four preliminary phases for prepping the IIS server for VSS integration. They are as follows in order.

Step 1

In the WindowsNT Explorer select the folder which is the root web for the web project in question. If you have multiple webs (sites on different IP’s) that will need to be SourceSafe enabled follow the procedure listed below.

    1. Right click on the folder properties and select the "Security" tab.
    2. In the "Security" tab select the "Permissions" button.
    3. In the Directory Permissions dialog you must have the following accounts with the following permissions:
    4. Administrators Full Full

      Everyone Change Change

      System Full Full

      IUSR_<Computer> RX RX

    5. Next, select the folder that contains the FrontPage extensions. This is usually c:\program files\microsoft frontpage.
    6. Right click on the folder properties and select the "Security" tab.
    7. In the "Security" tab select the "Permissions" button.
    8. In the Directory Permissions dialog you must have the following accounts with the following permissions:

Administrators Full Full

Everyone Change Change

System Full Full

IUSR_<Computer> Change Change

Installation of Visual Source Safe on IIS server

This next section describes the proper installation procedure for Visual Source Safe integration with Internet Information Server. Be sure you are logged in as a member of the Administrators group.

    1. After you run the setup of Visual Source Safe you will be prompted for the type of installation you want to perform. Be sure to select the Custom option.
    2. In the Microsoft Visual Source Safe 5.0 Custom dialog box be sure that the following components are checked.

Create Source Safe Database

Client Programs

Administrative Programs

Enable SourceSafe Integration

Help Files

Network Client Setup

3. After the successful installation of VSS , select the Visual Source Safe folder. This is usually c:\program files\devstudio.

4. Right click on the folder properties and select the "Security" tab.

    1. In the "Security" tab select the "Permissions" button.
    2. In the Directory Permissions dialog you must have the following accounts with the following permissions:
    3. Administrators Full Full

      Everyone Change Change

      System Full Full

      IUSR_<Computer> Full Full

    4. Locate the Developer Studio service pack 3. Run the setup from that location and it will automatically detect which components it needs to install. At the end of the setup, you may be required to restart the server.

This completes the installation and configuration of VSS integration with IIS.

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