This section contains information about how to plan to migrate your Visual SourceSafe source control projects to Team Foundation source control. The migration process is time-consuming because you are migrating years of source control data. The converter provides migration options that can minimize the time to migrate by either reducing the migration time or enabling your teams to work on source control during the migration. Evaluate which of the following migration options will work best for your team:
Project-by-Project migration Use this option to migrate the sources of one team or project at a time; typically one folder in Visual SourceSafe . This option makes sure that other teams are not blocked during migration; however, if two teams have dependencies between their sources, you should migrate the sources of both teams, that is project folders, together. The two folders may have some dependencies that could cause data loss if only some of the folders are migrated. The analysis phase helps identify the dependencies between folders.
Incremental Migration Use this option to migrate your Visual SourceSafe database in phases. Migrating a Visual SourceSafe database in phases ensures that users can continue to use Visual SourceSafe while migration is in progress. For more information, see How to: Incrementally Migrate to Team Foundation
Use Archive feature of VSS to migrate partial history Use this option if you are not interested in migrating old history. By using this feature you remove the version history of file and folder before a specific date. For more information, see How to: Migrate a Partial History Using Archives in Visual SourceSafe.
In the second phase, you do analysis of the Visual SourceSafe database under migration and in phase two, you do the actual migration of the Visual SourceSafe database to Team Foundation source control. The analysis phase generates a report that gives you information about potential data loss during migration. You can prevent some of the potential data loss by taking some pre migration steps; however, some data loss cannot be prevented because some Visual SourceSafe data cannot be mapped to Team Foundation source control. After migration, you receive a report that gives you information about status and any data loss during migration. Post migration, you may have to do some steps to make sure that you can use the migrated sources