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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Microsoft Project Server 2010 Project Manager's Guide for PWA

Great news for all of you Project Server consultants/users/administrators - Microsoft Project Server 2010 Project Manager's Guide for PWA is out now. You can find the details and download link from here:

The Microsoft Project Server 2010 Project Manager's Guide for Project Web App provides detailed information about how to use Microsoft Project Web App (PWA) to work with Microsoft Project Server 2010 data and to perform project management-related tasks. This guide helps project managers in your organization to better understand elements of project management in PWA, such as projects, resources, tasks, approvals, updates, and notifications. It includes many step-by-step procedures and accompanying user-interface screen shots of Project Web App. It is important to note that although Microsoft Project Professional 2010 can be used with Project Server 2010 to perform many project management tasks, this guide only covers procedures done through PWA.

Until next time, have fun downloading guide.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Virtual Migration Environment for Project Server 2010 Issue

While migrating Project Server 2003 data to Project Server 2010, since it cannot be done direclty, i had to use Project Server 2007 environment as an intermediate step. For this Microsoft has provided a Project Server 2007 Hyper-V Virtual Migration Envrionment with all the data migration scripts pre-loaded on the VM. This all makes life prety easier in terms that you dont have to be worried about such issues of preparing a VM with Project Server 2007 etc. etc.

The reason i am writing this blog is the issue you will come across when you will provision your PWA 2007 first time using the migrated DBs, you click on Project Center to witness if all your hard work has paid off and BINGO - nothing appears there :(  You can check Resource center and similar message waiting for you there as well and no resource data appears in the grid.

How to resolve this? quite simpe actually, Dynamic Content Compression must be disabled in Internet Informtion System. It is on by default in Windows Server 2008 R2, having dynamic content compression enabled can cause issues if you need to make corrective changes to your Project Server 2007 data in the VME (specifically issues with project/resource center grid, editing custom fields and resources).

To disable Dynamic Content Compression, follow the steps in VME:

1. On the Project Server VME, click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.

2.  In Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager, in the Connection Pane select VME (VME\Administrator).

3.  In the VME Home pane, in the IIS section, click Compression.
4.  In the Compression section, deselect Enable dynamic content compression to disable it.

5.  In the Actions pane, click Apply to save the change. The Alert “The changes have been successfully saved” displays if the change has been applied successfully.

6.  Close Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.

This is all guys, hope this helps some of you - happy migrating, cheers.

MS Project and Project Server 2010 Dec CU

The December Cumulative Updates (CU) for Project and Project Server 2010 and 2007 have been released.  Details can be found on Brian Smith's blog, update contains number of fixes of Project Server and Project both so better run the CU on test environment prior to deploy on production.

You can also join in January the TechNet webcast covering both Project Server 2010 and Project Server 2007 Dec CU.

Happy patching.