Consider Workspace Cloaking to Reduce Unnecessary File Transfers

- J.D. Meier, Jason Taylor, Alex Mackman, Prashant Bansode

Consider using workspace cloaking to hide specific workspaces from being viewed and to prevent unnecessary file transfers. Cloaking not only hides specified workspace folders from view, but also increases performance bandwidth and conserves local disk space by preventing folders and files that you do not currently require from being copied to your local workspace. Although you can cloak an existing folder mapping in your workspace, a better approach is to create a new folder mapping specifically intended to be cloaked.

To cloak folders in a workspace
  1. In Visual Studio, on the File menu, point to Source Control, and then click Workspaces.
  2. In the Manage Workspaces dialog box, select the workspace to which you want to apply cloaking, and then click Edit.
  3. In the Edit Workspace dialog box, in the Working folders list, either highlight the folder mapping located under Source Control Folder and Local Folder that you want to cloak, or create a new one.
  4. Click in the Status column and change the setting from Active to Cloaked. - Note that you can only cloak folders in an actively mapped TFS source control folder.
  5. Click OK to close Edit Workspaces and click Close to close Manage Workspaces.

Note that your files do not disappear locally until you perform another get operation for the entire workspace.

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Last edited Jul 26, 2007 at 10:06 AM by prashantbansode, version 4

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