Missing options in Central Admin #SharePoint 2013 #SP2013 #PS2013

November 28, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Posted in Administration, Functionality, Information | 1 Comment
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A quick post to highlight an issue that you might run into. Mange Services on Server link missing in Central Admin when running Internet Explorer on the App / Web Server? New Service Application button disabled?

Missing Manage Services on Server link:


New Service Application button disabled:


Run Central Admin as an Administrator and these options will be available. Smile


#ProjectServer 2010 #Excel Services Reports fail to Refresh #Office2013 #SP2010

November 23, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Posted in Administration, Configuration, Functionality, Information | 1 Comment
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A quick post to highlight an issue you may face if you have upgraded to Office / Excel 2013. I recently created some Excel reports for Project Server 2010 using Excel 2013. These reports failed to refresh in Excel Services. After a quick check on the connection string in Excel, the provider is MSOLAP.5 rather than the usual MSOLAP.4 provider when using Excel 2010. See below

Excel 2010:


Excel 2013:


The ULS log error is:

The workbook ‘http://vm730:81/pwa/ProjectBICenter/Reports/Actual Work.xlsx’ attempted to access external data using the unsupported provider ‘Provider=MSOLAP.5

The fix is very simple, navigate to Central Admin > Manager Service Applications > Excel Services > Trusted Data Providers then add the MSOLAP.5 provider as below:


#ProjectServer and #SharePoint 2010 October 2012 Cumulative Update #PS2010 #SP2010 #MSProject

November 6, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Posted in Administration, CU, Fixes, Information | 1 Comment
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The Office 2010 October 2012 Cumulative Updates are now available, please see the links below:

Project Server 2010 Server Roll up package October 2012 CU (Recommended) – delayed for a couple of weeks:
Project Server 2010 October 2012 CU (Included in the Server Roll up package):
Project 2010 October 2012 CU:
Remember SP1 is a pre-requisite for the October 2012 CUs.

For more details please see:

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

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