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Installing Subversion (svn) onto Windows Server

Posted on October 22, 2009. Filed under: revision control, software development, source control | Tags: , , |


Ignorance is Bliss

This has got me angrified!  There are no simple steps on how to install an SVN server onto a windows server.  All the steps assume that you already have Apache installed.  I understand that you can run SVN as a stand-alone installation but I want to run it in conjunction with Apache and take advantage of single sign-in provided by integration with active directory.

I suddenly find myself eating my own words.  After writing my tirade, I went back and found a couple complete svn packages. The one that I opted for is called Visual SVN (  They have both a free and a pay version.  Being cheap, and generally against the principle of paying for open-source software, I opted for the free version.

My installation experience went something like this…

  1. download the msi package
  2. double-click and follow the steps to create repository and users
  3. run tortoise svn to access the newly created repository

It couldn’t have been simpler or more elegant even if Apple had created the product!  It may make the UNIX crowd angry as they seem to have created a product that does away with the arcanity of command line arguments, but these guys did an excellent job of bringing svn into the windows age.

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