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VSS Maintenance Analyze

VSS Maintenance Analyze

VSS Maintenance Analyze

I found an article on MSDN that suggests running analyze switches in the following order provides good coverage:

analyze -v4 <database path>
analyze -f -v4 <database path>
analyze -f -c -v4 <database path>

If I know that there are errors that need to be corrected, is there any reason why I shouldn't run the analyze -f -v4 <database path> right away?  And if I know I have "found a diff" and "found a comment" errors, is there any reason why I shouldn't run the analyze -f -c -v4 without running the previous two?

RE: VSS Maintenance Analyze

Probably not but, since this is your code, caution is in order. In general, I'd suggest the following:
1. Make a full backup of the VSS db.
2. Restore this backup to another location.
3. Run Analyze against this duplicate. If your db is large, Analyze may take a long time when run with the -f
   switch. You can minimize the time by running it without the -f switch. After it completes, there will
   be a file named analyze.bad in the data\backup directory. Copy this file to the folder containing analyze.exe. Delete
   analyze.bad from data\backup and then run
           analyze -f@analyze.bad <path to your data directory>

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