#ProjectServer #PS2010 / #PS2013 bulk #Project site creation using #PowerShell 3.0 or later #SP2013 #SP2010March 5, 2014 at 11:18 am | Posted in Add-on, Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, PowerShell, PSI | 2 Comments
Tags: PowerShell, PPM, Project 2010, Project 2013, Project Server 2010, Project Server 2013, PS2010, PS2013, SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2013
I recently had to bulk delete and then bulk create project sites for a client. Rather than engaging one of our devs I wrote a PowerShell script to do this. This does need PowerShell 3.0 or later to work. This post covers the bulk create script as this is generic, the bulk delete was specific to the client so I haven’t published that. The script can be downloaded from the script galley below:
The web service proxy URLs will need to be updated for your PWA instance, replace the http://vm753/pwa with the correct URL.
The script can be seen running and creating sites below:
From the PowerShell ISE:
Project Sites are created using the correct site template that is associated to the EPT.
If all projects have a site associated, the following is returned:
Test this on a test / dev farm before running a live production farm.
Tags: Microsoft, MSOffice, Project 2013, Project Online, Project Server 2013, PS2013
The Task Auditor app from CPS won first place for the “Most Business Value Project” App at the SharePoint Conference 2014 in Las Vegas:
This is a free Project task pane app, go try it out and see what you think
See the links below for details:
Product site: http://www.projectserverplus.com/apps.html
Tags: Office 2013, PPM, Project 2013, Project Server 2013, PS2013, SharePoint 2013, SP2013
Service Pack 1 has been released today for Office 2013, the links can be seen below:
SharePoint 2013 SP1:
Project Server 2013 SP1:
Project 2013 SP1:
SharePoint 2013 and other server related SP1:
Office 2013 and related desktop products SP1:
A list of the fixes for Office 2013 SP1:
As with all patches, deploy to a non production farm and fully test before deploying to a production system.
Getting started with #ProjectOnline Part 8 #PS2013 #Office365 #Project #PPM #SharePointOnline #PM #SP2013February 24, 2014 at 7:11 pm | Posted in Administration, Configuration, Functionality, Information | Leave a comment
Tags: Office365, Project 2013, Project Online, Project Server 2013, PS2013
This is part 8 of the “Getting started with Project Online” series. I was hoping to get this post published before now, sorry for the delay. In this post we will look at the various places in the Project Web App that data can viewed and edited. In the last post we looked at populating the enterprise resource pool and various ways to create projects. If you missed the last post, see the link below:
Firstly navigate to the Project Web App homepage:
As you can see there are various ways to get to certain areas in the Project Web App. You can use the quick launch or the tiles. We will look at the Project Center, the Tasks page, the Resource Center and the project site. The first area we will look at is the Project Center, this can be accessed either from the Projects link on the Quick Launch menu (left hand side of the page) or by clicking the Projects tile on the “Track your work” web part. This page will look something the image below:
Different views can be configured for this page, we covered this in part 4, we created a new Project Center view called “Project Status by Programme”. To switch to this view or another view click the PROJECTS tab at the top of the page then click the drop down menu next to view:
Here you will see all the Project Center views that you have access to. Click a different view and the page will refresh:
The data is now grouped by our Programme field. The view filtering and grouping can be changed on the fly using the filter and group by options on the ribbon. You will see there is also a timeline that currently contains no projects. Projects and tasks can be added to the timeline using the two buttons on the ribbon, Add Project and Add Tasks. To add a project, select the project row and click the Add Project button:
To add a task, select the project and click the Add Tasks button. A new window will appear that will allow you to select the tasks:
Select the task or tasks and click OK:
We now have the project and two of the project tasks on the timeline. The timeline can be formatted. Selecting the timeline will show a TIMELINE ribbon tab:
The colour formatting of the bars and fonts can be changed, the data / information displayed and how the information is displayed (callouts etc.):
Clicking the project name will load the project detail pages for that project:
On the left hand side menu you will see the different PDP’s associated with this enterprise project type (EPT’s). We covered PDP’s and EPT’s in part 5. Clicking one of the PDP’s will load different information and display different information that can be edited. Below shows the Project Status Information PDP:
The project plan can be edited on the schedule PDP, click the Task tab then Edit > In Browser to edit in the Project Web App
The project then checks out to you and the ribbon buttons are active:
Once the changes are complete you have the save and publish options.
We will now take a look at the Tasks page, this is where team members see their assignments. Starting on the Project Web App homepage, there are two links to the Tasks page, either the Tasks link on the quick launch or the Tasks tile. The tasks tile will also give a count of new tasks, notice “Tasks: 1 New” below on the 3rd tile on the “Track your work” web part:
Clicking either the Tasks tile or the Tasks quick launch link takes you to the Tasks page below:
Here team members can either just view the assignments using the different views, update progress or even delete assignments. Any changes such as updating progress or deleting has to be approved by the task status manager, they will get notified of the change. Clicking the task name loads the task details page:
Next we look at the Resource center page, from the Project Web App homepage click the Resources link on the quick launch menu. The following page will then load:
Here you can create new resources or edit existing resource providing you have the correct permissions. Different views are available here, we will switch to the “Full Time Resources” view that we created in part 4:
From the Resource center we can quickly see resource availability and assignment details. Check the resource/s that you want to review, in this case I will look at myself:
You will then see the two end buttons on the ribbon become active. Click the Resource Assignments button to see the assignments:
From this page I can also click the Resource Availability button to see the resource availability:
Different view options can be set to see data. Below the graph is a table displaying the details:
The next area we will look at is the project site. There are several ways which the project site can be access. Either from the Project Web App site site cog > Site contents option:
Then scroll down to subsites:
The second method is from the project center, click the ellipsis next to the project then click the ellipsis on the pop up then click “Go to Project Site”:
Another method is from the project details view, click the project site link under the PDPs:
Once on the project site you will see the following:
You will see different lists etc. based on the template you created \ chose, this example site is based on the site template created in part 6. Here you can update the lists and documents related to the project. Below a new Issue has been created, set to active and assigned to myself:
The Issues and Risks list tie in closely to the project in the Project Web App. If I look at the Project Web App homepage I will see 1 Active Issue now:
Notice the 4th tile on the “Track your work” web part. I edited the “Track your work” web part to display Issues and Risks. Clicking the Issues or Risks tile loads the follow page:
You can click the project name to load either the issues or risks lists on that project site.
Also the project center will display an icon next to the project to indicate an issue:
You can click the icon to load the issues list for that project site. The same functionality exists for risks and documents. Issues, risks and documents can also be linked to tasks or other list items, I have covered that previously here.
Next up, we look at creating reports to surface data in Excel / Excel Web App. I have previously covered creating Project Online reports, the links are below:
The next post will look at creating the ODATA feed URLs then using the same process described in the links above we will create reports.
Tags: PowerShell, PPM, Project 2013, Project Server 2013, PS2013
One potential issue for many organisations with Project Server 2013 is that users need access to Central Admin if they want to build the OLAP Cube. Usually the PMO / PWA Admins would not have access to Central Admin, they only have access to Project Web App. If they want to build the OLAP Cube on demand, they would need to raise a request to the team that manages SharePoint Central Admin. To get around this, they can use PowerShell from the local workstation. The script can be downloaded from the script gallery below:
Once the script is downloaded, the uri will need to be updated to use the correct URL, update the http://vm753/pwa part of the URL. You will also need to update the cube GUID. You can get the cube GUID from the URL in Central Admin when you access the OLAP cube settings page. See the highlighted URL below:
Obviously someone with access to Central Admin will need to get the OLAP Cube GUID for you.
The users running the script will need to correct permissions in Project Server. They will need Manage Cube Build service and Mange Site Services.
Tags: Office 2010, Project 2010, Project Server 2010, PS2010, SP2010
There are no cumulative updates for any of the Office 2013 products this month as SP1 is due this quarter.
The Office 2010 February 2014 Cumulative Updates are now available, please see the links below:
Project Server 2010 Server Roll up package February 2014 CU (Recommended):
Project Server 2010 February 2014 CU (Included in the Server Roll up package):
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2863927 & http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2863934
Project 2010 February 2014 CU:
Remember SP1 or SP2 is a pre-requisite for the Office 2010 February 2014 CUs.
As always, test these updates on a replica test environment before deploying to production.
For more details see:
Tags: Project 2013, Project Server 2013, PS2013
The Project Server 2013 solution starters are now available, take a look here:
Tags: Office 2013, Office365, Project 2013, Project Online, Project Server 2013, PS2013
I am pleased to announce that whilst I have been at the Project Conference in Anaheim the second App CPS developed has been approved and is now available in the SharePoint App Store:
This app will escalate Risks to Issues at the click of a button and update the risk item to indicate it has been escalated. The risk item is updated with an escalated date and the default Status column is set to closed providing you have “closed” somewhere in one of the choices. If you don’t have closed in one of the choice strings, the Status column is not updated. Some of the data from the risk item is mapped and copied into the new issue item that gets created, the mappings are below:
The new issue item doesn’t get created straightaway, the user has the option to edit / update the data in the issue item columns. Some screen shots can be seen below:
A project selected and the risk/s displayed:
The app can be added to a project site in the Project Web App, the same functionality exists, the only difference is that the associated project is pre-selected and it can’t be changed.
A full user guide can be found here.
A free trial exists, go try it out today!
Tags: Office365, Project Online, Project Server 2013, PS2013
Interested in Project Online and you’re at the Project Conference, come to the labs this afternoon in 205 AB. I will be helping out, see you there!
#Project Conference update #ProjConf #ProjectOnline #ProjectServer #PS2013 #SharePointOnline #SP2013 #MSProjectFebruary 3, 2014 at 9:08 pm | Posted in Administration, Functionality, Information | Leave a comment
Tags: Office365, PPM, Project 2013, Project Online, Project Server 2013
Just a quick update on the Project Conference. Great keynote this morning with some exciting changes coming to Project Online.
Firstly a new SKU for team members is coming to Project Online in the next few months. This will cost $7 per user and give users access to key areas of Project Web App. This includes Tasks, Timesheets, Risks, Issues, Documents etc.
There are also improvements around resource management and SSRS. Reporting is a big area for any PPM product as you know. The default reporting technology is Excel – this is a great tool but SSRS does have its advantages over Excel. Microsoft have been working on a solution to make the Project Online data available for SSRS reports. This will be possible by a SSIS package to copy your Project Online data via the ODATA feed into a custom database in SQL Server. SSRS can then be used to surface that data. There were no dates mentioned but the new SSIS components will be available in a SQL 2012 feature pack and SQL Server 2014. Watch this space.