#ProjectServer and #SharePoint 2010 / 2013 June 2014 Cumulative Update #PS2010 #SP2010 #PS2013 #SP2013 #MSProject

June 12, 2014 at 8:08 am | Posted in Administration, CU, Fixes, Functionality, Information, Installation | Leave a comment
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The Office 2013 June 2014 Cumulative Updates are now available, please see the links below:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2970262 

Project Server 2013 June 2014 Server Roll up package:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2881062

Project Server 2013 June 2014 CU:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2880489 & http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2837680

Project 2013 June 2014 CU:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2880493

Also worth noting, if you haven’t done so already, install the March 2013 Public update: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2768001 if installing the June 2014 CU.

The Office 2010 June 2014 Cumulative Updates are now available, please see the links below:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2970263

Project Server 2010 June 2014 Server Roll up package:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2880974

Project Server 2010 June 2014 CU:
**** No individual Project Server 2010 packages for June 2014 ***

Project 2010 June 2014 CU:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2880537
Remember SP1 or SP2 is a pre-requisite for the Office 2010 June 2014 CUs.

As always, test these updates on a replica test environment before deploying to production.

For more details see the following webcast on June 24th 2014:

http://ignite.office.com/webcasts/support-webcast-service-packs-cumulative-updates

#ProjectServer and #SharePoint 2010 / 2013 April 2014 Cumulative Update #PS2010 #SP2010 #PS2013 #SP2013 #MSProject

April 9, 2014 at 9:35 pm | Posted in Administration, CU, Fixes, Functionality, Information, Installation | Leave a comment
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The Office 2013 April 2014 Cumulative Updates are now available, please see the links below:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2953733

Project Server 2013 Server Roll up package:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2880484

Project Server 2013 April 2014 CU:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2863881

Note: there is a later Project Server CU Server Package CU that includes other important fixes: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2880484
Project 2013 April 2014 CU:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2878276

Also worth noting, if you haven’t done so already, install the March 2013 Public update: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2768001 if installing the April 2014 CU.

The Office 2010 April 2014 Cumulative Updates are now available, please see the links below:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2953732

***There is no Project Server 2010 Server Roll up package for April 2014 CU***
Project Server 2010 April 2014 CU:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2878259 & http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2878266
Project 2010 April 2014 CU:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2878263
Remember SP1 or SP2 is a pre-requisite for the Office 2010 April 2014 CUs.

As always, test these updates on a replica test environment before deploying to production.

For more details see:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/projectsupport/archive/2014/04/09/microsoft-project-server-2010-and-2013-april-2014-cu-announcement.aspx

#ProjectServer #PS2010 / #PS2013 bulk #Project site creation using #PowerShell 3.0 or later #SP2013 #SP2010

March 5, 2014 at 11:18 am | Posted in Add-on, Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, PowerShell, PSI | 2 Comments
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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:

http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Bulk-create-Server-Sites-784f7b29

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:

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From PowerShell:

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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:

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Test this on a test / dev farm before running a live production farm.

#ProjectServer and #SharePoint 2010 February 2014 Cumulative Update #PS2010 #SP2010 #MSProject

February 13, 2014 at 8:44 pm | Posted in Administration, CU, Fixes, Information, Installation | Leave a comment
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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:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2925785

Project Server 2010 Server Roll up package February 2014 CU (Recommended):
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2863917
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:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2863931
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:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/projectsupport/archive/2014/02/12/microsoft-project-server-2010-february-cu-announcement.aspx

#ProjectServer #Win8 #Apps using #Projectsiena #PS2013 #SP2013

January 2, 2014 at 5:30 pm | Posted in Add-on, App, Configuration, Customisation, Information, Reporting | 3 Comments
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Microsoft have released Project Siena (Beta) to enable users to create Windows 8 apps. The tool is a Windows 8 app that can be downloaded here:

http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-gb/app/microsoft-project-siena/5ae47651-e8f3-4e41-aab7-e19ab1b80180

Details on Project Siena can be found here:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/projectsiena/default.aspx

http://blogs.technet.com/b/projectsiena/

I haven’t had much time to look at the tool but in this blog post I will walk through creating a very simple App that shows a list of projects and the percentage complete.

Once Project Siena is installed and loaded the first screen looks like this:

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Click “Add a visual” and you will see all the options:

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For this example, I am going to add a list box:

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Now select the list box control and click “Items” from the bottom ribbon then click “Add Data Source”:

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For this example, I have already got an Excel file that contains the projects and information I need using ODATA from my test Project Online tenant:

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After clicking the add data source button you will see the following options:

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For this simple example I am going to use Excel, the Excel file you can see above. As you can see,there are 5 options of data sources, but for the purpose of this post I will keep it simple and use Excel.

After adding the Excel file, you will need to select the table/s:

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Then click “Import data”. You will then see the data appear:

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Navigate back to the App screen and select the list box, click “Items” from the ribbon and select the table from Excel:

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Once the Excel table is selected you can then chose what field appears in the list box:

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In this case, it is the ProjectName field. The list box will update to display the projects from the Excel file:

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Resize the List Box as required. Add a text box and a slider as displayed below:

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I have updated the text and styling of the text in the text box. To updating the styling of the text, select the text box and click the “Design” button on the bottom ribbon, these options will appear:

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Update as required.

The slider is used to visualise the % complete. This control needs to be linked to the data. To do this, select the slider and click the “Data” button, then “Default”. Click “Projects!Selected”:

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Then click “ProjectPercentCompleted”:

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The slider will now update to show the % complete for the selected project. That is it for this simple app, but gives you an idea.

You can preview the app by clicking the “Preview” button:

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The preview looks like this:

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The tooltip shows the % complete.

As mentioned, this is a simple app just to introduce you to Project Siena and demonstrate how easily anyone can create an App with no coding!

Have fun Smile

#ProjectServer and #SharePoint 2010 / 2013 December 2013 Cumulative Update #PS2010 #SP2010 #PS2013 #SP2013 #MSProject

December 19, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Posted in Administration, CU, Fixes, Functionality, Information, Installation | 1 Comment
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The Office 2013 December 2013 Cumulative Updates are now available, please see the links below:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2912738

***There is no Project Server 2013 Server Roll up package for December 2013 CU***
Project Server 2013 December 2013 CU:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2837668
Project 2013 December 2013 CU:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2837665 

Also worth noting, if you haven’t done so already, install the March 2013 Public update: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2768001 if installing the December 2013 CU.

The Office 2010 December 2013 Cumulative Updates are now available, please see the links below:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2911591

Project Server 2010 Server Roll up package December 2013 CU (Recommended):
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2849972
Project Server 2010 December 2013 CU (Included in the Server Roll up package):   
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2849978 & http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2849988
Project 2010 December 2013 CU:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2849984
Remember SP1 or SP2 is a pre-requisite for the Office 2010 December 2013 CUs.

As always, test these updates on a replica test environment before deploying to production.

For more details see:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/projectsupport/archive/2013/12/12/microsoft-project-server-2010-and-2013-december-cu-announcement.aspx

Should I display duration fields on the #ProjectServer PDPs? #PS2010 #PS2013 #SP2010 #SP2013 #SharePoint #ProjectOnline #MSProject

November 12, 2013 at 10:11 am | Posted in Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information | 1 Comment
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The answer to this question in my opinion is no. In this blog post I will explain why using an example.

Firstly I have created a new test duration field on my test Project Server 2013 environment, this is called _duration.

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For the purpose of this post, I also have a new Project Detail Page (PDP) that only displays the _duration field. A new project is created, the schedule it not important here, just the value you specify in the _duration field. As you can see below, I have entered 10 days:

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Save and publish this to Project Server and take a look at the project in PWA. You can see the project in PWA as shown below:

Project Center:

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Notice the _duration field correctly shows the 10 days.

PDP:

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Notice the _duration field correctly shows the 10 days.

All ok at this point. Before we move on, I just want to show the project options for this project, specifically the hours per day:

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Notice this is set to the default 8 hours per day. Update this to 7 hours per day. You will then notice that the _duration field correctly updates to 11.43 days:

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Reset this back to 10 days then save and publish the project again.

The Project Center still display 10 days in the _duration field:

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The PDP will show the incorrect duration in the _duration field:

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The PDP’s assume the default 8 hours per day is used for each project. At this point the PM will probably think, lets correct the 8.75 days to 10 days. So lets do this, this is now correct in the PDP:

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Great. Not quite, now take a look in the Project Center:

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Notice the 11.43 days. Also check the Project Information in Project:

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I was aware of this issue in Project Server 2010 but only just came across the same thing in Project Server 2013.

Hopefully that explains why I answered “no” to displaying duration fields on the Project Server PDP’s, it will save a lot of confusion with your Project Managers! As with all answers there is normally an exception to the rule and you can probably guess what that is. Displaying duration fields on PDP’s will be fine if your projects are 8 hour days Smile

#ProjectServer and #SharePoint 2010 / 2013 October 2013 Cumulative Update #PS2010 #SP2010 #PS2013 #SP2013 #MSProject

October 12, 2013 at 10:41 am | Posted in Administration, CU, Fixes, Information | 1 Comment
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The Office 2013 October 2013 Cumulative Updates are now available, please see the links below:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2887714

Project Server 2013 Server Roll up package October 2013 CU (Recommended): 
***Delayed***
Project Server 2013 October 2013 CU (Included in the Server Roll up package):
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2825659 & http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2760465
Project 2013 October 2013 CU:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2825651

Also worth noting, if you haven’t done so already, install the March 2013 Public update: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2768001 if installing the October 2013 CU.

The Office 2010 October 2013 Cumulative Updates are now available, please see the links below:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2887713

Project Server 2010 Server Roll up package October 2013 CU (Recommended):
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2825793
Project Server 2010 October 2013 CU (Included in the Server Roll up package):  
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2825816 & http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2825803
Project 2010 October 2013 CU:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2825812
Remember SP1 or SP2 is a pre-requisite for the Office 2010 October 2013 CUs.

As always, test these updates on a replica test environment before deploying to production.

Create a #ProjectServer #PS2010 #PS2013 project from a template and update the EPT #SP2013 #SP2010 #PowerShell

August 30, 2013 at 11:24 am | Posted in Add-on, Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, PowerShell, PSI | 1 Comment
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I have been meaning to publish this PowerShell script for a few months but finally got around to it today. The PowerShell script creates a project from a template then updates the Enterprise Project Type (EPT). I did write a post over a year ago on how to create a project using PowerShell but this didn’t update the EPT:

http://pwmather.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/create-and-publish-a-project-in-projectserver-via-powershell-ps2010-msproject-sp2010/

The issue is that even if your Project Plan Template is associated to an EPT in Project Server, the project created from the CreateProjectFromTemplate method is associated to the default EPT regardless. This script will prompt for the project name, the project plan template name and the EPT name. It will create the project then update the project to associate it to the desired EPT. The script can be downloaded from the script gallery below:

http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Create-Server-2010-2013-19bd3cc7

Once downloaded, the script will need to be updated with the correct PWA URL, the lines that need updating are 9 and 23. These can bee seen below:

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Update the http://vm753/pwa part of the URL for your PWA URL.

A walkthrough using the script is below.

Open Windows PowerShell and navigate to the PowerShell file, in this example it is on the desktop:

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Press Enter and complete the details:

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The new Project will be called “CPS Test Project by Paul Mather”, it will use the “PMTemp1” template and then associate the new project to the “PM TEST” EPT.

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The project is created as you can see in the Project Center:

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It is also associated to the specified EPT:

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The default EPT on this PWA instance is “Enterprise Project”:

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When using the CreateProjectFromTemplate method only, this new project would have been associated to the Enterprise Project EPT as this is the default EPT.

This is just an example of what can be done, many improvements could be made, certainly around error handling but it provides a working example for you to build on. Smile

#ProjectServer and #SharePoint 2010 / 2013 August 2013 Cumulative Update #PS2010 #SP2010 #PS2013 #SP2013 #MSProject

August 14, 2013 at 8:54 am | Posted in Administration, Configuration, CU, Fixes, Information | 2 Comments
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The Office 2013 August 2013 Cumulative Updates are now available, please see the links below:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2873346

Project Server 2013 Server Roll up package August 2013 CU (Recommended): 
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2817615
Project Server 2013 August 2013 CU (Included in the Server Roll up package):
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2817508
Project 2013 August 2013 CU:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2817502

Also worth noting, if you haven’t done so already, install the March 2013 Public update: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2768001 if installing the August 2013 CU.

The Office 2010 August 2013 Cumulative Updates are now available, please see the links below:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2869757

Project Server 2010 Server Roll up package August 2013 CU (Recommended):
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2817573
Project Server 2010 August 2013 CU (Included in the Server Roll up package): 
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2817580 & http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2817587
Project 2010 August 2013 CU:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2817584
Remember SP1 or SP2 is a pre-requisite for the Office 2010 August 2013 CUs.

For more details please see:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/projectsupport/archive/2013/08/13/microsoft-project-server-2010-and-2013-august-2013-cu-announcement.aspx

As always, test these updates on a replica test environment before deploying to production

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