Synchronizing a file share with source control

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Senior Service Engineer, Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Service

Synchronizing a file share with source control

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A question came up the other day:

I have a directory structure checked into TFS version control.  I’d like to synchronize this with another directory that is not under source control. 

Before starting, I have to refer you to the Visual Studio 2008 Team System Licensing White Paper with regards to Client Access Licenses (CALs) required - page 7 will be of most interest.

The good news is that like most things in the software world, it’s already been done before.

TFS File Sync

http://www.codeplex.com/TFSFileSync

This solution was developed to address the need to automatically propagate specific files in the Team Foundation Server version control to a predefined path. Both "normal" UNC or local machine paths (e.g. "\\server1\project" or "c:\sc\server1\project"), and Sharepoint destinations are supported (the latter being expressed as only a UNC path, such as "\\SERVER\sites\Sitename\Document Library").

Ryan Farber is the coordinator responsible for this project as well as the TFS Code Review Workflow project. Great work!

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