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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.


OMG, I have been looking for this solution for weeks. Thank you!
This also fixed another situation in that we could not edit the custom enterprise fields in the MSPS 2007 VME. We got a message that the field was checked out to me (the administrator) in another session. When I clicked OK to force check it in, it asks if I want to navigate from the page, I click OK and get an unexpected error on the field with no Save button, only a Cancel button. After fixing this setting I was able to force check in each field and proceed with clean up. Thanks Again!! --Lmwatkins

Thank You for sharing.
Any pointers on VME with Project Server 2010? I mean, we have to migrate Project server 2007 to 2013 by passing 2010. We would like to have VME that has full set up of Project server 2010. Advanced Thanks.

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