How to handle VSSConverter UserMap.xml files for users who no longer exist

When running the VSS to TFS converter (VSSConverter.exe) one of the most common questions I hear is how to create a UserMap.xml file for users who are no longer with the company or have had their accounts renamed.   My first suggestion is that any customer who has to deal with this issue (or any…

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WSS Rant – Linking to the latest version of a sharepoint document considered harmful. (Lessons 6 and 7)

SharePoint does not have persistent hyperlinks for all document revisions. More specifically – SharePoint has two methods for linking to documents: the canonical path and the revision paths.  The canonical path is the latest copy of the document at the time of the download request.  Every time a new revision is created the contents of…

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WSS Rant – finding out what changed is much more difficult then it should be. (Lessons 4 and 5)

In my previous rant I made this statement (quoted out of context): Migrating WSS content to TFS?  Piece of cake.  Just enumerate each WSS change and replay the action in TFS.  If you are doing an incremental migration then just enumerate those changes that have occurred since the last time you checked for changes. There…

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New Years without snow is … great. (Want to find out?)

Happy New Year and all that.  I spent the long weekend at Myrtle Beach soaking up rain or sun – depending on the moment you checked.  I’ve been out of Fargo for a year now, after nearly 30 years living in Minnesota and North Dakota.  I wasn’t timid about the winters growing up.  I’ve slept…

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