I was planning to discuss the Force_Dir initialization variable today
but requests from the blogosphere take precedence. :-) Mark Hurley poses the oft asked
question: "I've been wanting to know for a while how to default the
login window with my name. Even better, how about bypassing the login screen on
You can auto-populate the VSS login dialog box with your network
username, a non network VSS username, and you can avoid prompts for username and
password entirely when opening VSS Explorer, VSS Admin, or when executing
commands from a command prompt or script. Here's how:
First, you can add the Use_Network_Name =
Yes variable to your
SRCSAFE.ini file, which contains database-wide, user-agnostic
settings. After setting this variable, when a database user opens VSS,
the Login dialog box appears with their network user name in place. You can also
open the VSS Admin exe, click Tools, click
Options, and then select Use network name for automatic
user log in. (But that's just not as glamorous as hacking away at an
ini file, now is it? :D) If you apply this setting, team members should
be FORBIDDEN to use the same password in VSS as they do for their
network account since anyone with administrative access to the VSS database can
obtain it. To avoid prompts entirely...
When working on the command line or writing a batch file, you can temporarily
disable prompts by typing “SET SSUSER=<username>” and “SET SSPWD=<password>”. These variables are retained
until the user session ends, typically when you close the Command window.
Finally, to permanently suppress login prompts (in Windows)
your desktop, right-click My
Computer (or whatever you rename it) and then click Properties.
2. In the
System Properties dialog box,
click Advanced, and then click Environment Variables.
User variables for <username>,
4. In the
New User Variable dialog box, in the
Variable name box, type “SSUSER”.
5. In the
Variable Value box, type your VSS
username (for example, Admin), and then click Ok.
Repeat these steps to add "SSPWD" as an environment variable whose value is your
If not already present, you should also add/edit the following environment
variables: SSDIR and PATH. The value for SSDIR should be the path to the \Win32
folder in your VSS installation directory. For example c:\Program
Files\Microsoft Visual Studio\VSS\Win32. SSDIR should be set to the path of the
SRCSAFE.INI file for your database.