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Analyze Command (VSSConverter)

Use the analyze command of the VSSConverter command-line utility to analyze Visual SourceSafe databases.

Required Permissions

To use the VSSConverter tool, you must be a member of the Service Accounts security group. For more information, see Team Foundation Server Permissions. Also, you must be a member of the Database Administrators group for the Visual SourceSafe database. For more information, see Managing Your Team Using Visual SourceSafe.

VSSConverter analyze settings_file


Parameter Description


XML file specifying analysis or migration settings.

The VSSConverter.exe is located in <drive>:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Common7\IDE and is also available through the Visual Studio 2005 Command Prompt.

Before running the Visual SourceSafe (VSS) converter, you must do the following:

The default file name of the analysis report is VSSAnalysisReport.xml. This file is created in the same directory in which the converter is run.

If you specify an output file that already exists, the converter exits with the following error message:

Error: Output file VSSMigration.xml already exists

During analysis, if you do not provide a user mapping file, the converter creates a file with the name UserMap.xml in the current directory.


You can only run one instance of the VSS Converter on a computer.

In this example, the analyze command performs an analysis on the Visual SourceSafe database using the configuration in the settings.xml file.

>VSSConverter analyze settings.xml