Review: Vault Source Control
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Published: 27 Oct 2003
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Abstract
Sourcegear's Vault product is designed to replace Visual Source Safe for source control. It keeps the same familiar interface while removing much of the instability of VSS mainly due to Vault's reliance on Sql Server and .NET for its architecture.
by Steven Smith
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Introduction - What is Vault?

SourceGear Vault (Version 1.2.2 as of this writing) is a version control system for Windows developers.  If you've used Visual SourceSafe, Vault is a similar (but much better) product.  It is built entirely on the .NET Framework with a SQL Server 2000 backend storage system (as compared to VSS's file system storage system).

A key feature of Vault is its backward compatibility to VSS.  Another is its inherently better reliability, due to the fact that it uses a transactional database for its storage, rather than a file system (which in VSS tends to get corrupted and lose things).  If you've used VSS, or another source control system like CVS or many others, Vault should be pretty familiar.  Vault is made by the same company who sells SourceOffSite, a product that allows VSS to work well over the Internet, so these guys have a solid understanding of VSS, including its users and its shortcomings.

Another nice feature of Vault, which I haven't personally taken advantage of as yet, is that it supports access to the repository via Web Services, so you can build solutions around it, extending it as needed to fit into your development process.

Screenshot:

Vault

You can find out more about Vault on its website:
http://www.sourcegear.com/vault/index.asp


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User Comments

Title: Integration is easy   
Name: lbauer
Date: 9/14/2010 4:06:29 PM
Comment:
For integration, the Vault client should be installed after installing Visual Studio so it will create the proper registry keys. The current version of Vault supports VS 2003, VS 2005, VS 2008 and VS 2010. In VS 2005 and later, you can enable integration under the menu Tools->Options->Source Control->Plugin selection.
Title: I don't see where youa re coming from here   
Name: Howard Taylor
Date: 5/16/2006 2:39:00 PM
Comment:
I have tried to get Vault going where I work and it just isn't working. Can you tell me how to integrate it with the VS IDE? I have downloaded the .pdf files from a Vault web site and followed the instructions as I understand them but nothing appears under the VS menus.

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