Getting started with #ProjectOnline development #Office365 #ProjectServer #JavaScript #PowerShell #dotNET

April 26, 2016 at 7:55 am | Posted in .Net, Add-on, Administration, App, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information | Leave a comment
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Just a quick post to highlight a new code sample that has been added to the Project Online code samples on GitHub found here: https://github.com/OfficeDev/O365-Project-Online-.Net-Samples

The projTool tool has been created / updated to use CSOM instead of the PSI, Brian Smith has a great walkthrough for getting started with this tool on the link below:

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/brismith/2016/04/26/project-development-samples-projtoolv2/

On the GitHub samples you will find other examples for JSOM, CSOM and REST. A great place to start with Project Online development. You will also find some simple code samples / solution starters on the link below for Project Online / Project Server:

https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/site/search?f%5B0%5D.Type=User&f%5B0%5D.Value=PWMather

#Office365 #Project Portfolio Dashboard add-in for #ProjectOnline #ProjectServer #BI #PPM

April 22, 2016 at 4:33 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, App, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Reporting | 2 Comments
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In this post we will look at the recently released Office 365 Project Portfolio Dashboard for Project Online / Project Server 2013 / 2016, see the announcement below:

https://blogs.office.com/2016/04/19/new-office-365-project-portfolio-dashboard-apps-are-live/

A directly link the the SharePoint add-in can be found here: https://store.office.com/en-us/WA104380116.aspx

I have loaded this on to one of our demo instances to take a look:

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The add-in is accessed from the PWA site contents menu:

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Worth noting is that the users will need to be a member of one of the following SharePoint groups for the Portfolio Dashboard to work when in the SharePoint permission mode:

Administrators for Project Web App
Portfolio Managers for Project Web App
Portfolio Viewers for Project Web App

When in the Project permission mode the users will need access to “Access Project Server Reporting Service” permission and be added to one of the SharePoint permission groups above.

When the add-in is first loaded it will load the data and cache it – it will tell you it is doing this. Then in the top right corner it will display the details for when the data in that dashboard was last updated / loaded:

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You can then refresh the data as required and it will update to indicate the refresh has started:

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Depending on the amount of data this might take some time.

The default dashboard is “This year’s projects”, there are 6 dashboards included by default, these are available in the Dashboard tab on the ribbon:

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Each show different data. Each dashboard has different sections or pages, for example on This Year’s Projects I can view Projects:

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Or Tasks:

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Or Resources:

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Or Content:

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Some of the tables in the views have multiple views or sheets, for example the Resources shows Work by default but can view Issues, Risks or Availability:

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In most pages you can either drill down or click though, for example from the Overview page on the table at the bottom I can click the project name to drill down to more detail for that project:

From:

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To:

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Clicking the task name will load the schedule PDP in a different tab.Clicking a risk or issue will load the list item in a different tab.

Notice the left navigation updates to show you where you are with more options. For example I can go from the project dashboard view to an Executive view:

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I can then go back to the overall dashboard view by using the navigation section.

For each dashboard you can filter the data using the Filter tab:

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The options tab will give you the ability to change the settings for the dashboard:

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On the Dashboard tab you also have the ability to create your own dashboard using the create button, that will display a new tab on the ribbon:

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Firstly give it a name and description.

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Then select the projects to include:

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Depending on the field type you will get different options to select, for example selecting a date field will give you this:

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Then chose the layout for each section and the components on each:

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Update each section as required then set any filters you want available:

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Once completed click OK and the new dashboard will be available on the Dashboard menu for all users:

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Download it today and take a look!

#ProjectServer and #SharePoint 2010 / 2013 / 2016 April 2016 Cumulative Update #PS2010 #SP2010 #PS2013 #SP2013 #MSProject

April 12, 2016 at 6:39 pm | Posted in Administration, CU, Fixes, Functionality, Information | 1 Comment
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The Office 2016 April 2016 updates and cumulative updates are now available, please see the links below:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/3150264

Project 2016 April 2016 update:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/3114973

The Office 2013 April 2016 updates and cumulative updates are now available, please see the links below:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/3150264

Project Server 2013 April 2016 CU Server Roll up package:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/3114936

Project Server 2013 April 2016 update:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/3114950

Project 2013 April 2016 update:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/3114954

Also worth noting, if you haven’t done so already, install Service Pack 1 http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/2880556 first if installing the April 2016 CU.

The Office 2010 April 2016 updates and cumulative updates are now available, please see the links below:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/3150264

Project Server 2010 April 2016 CU Server Roll up package:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/3114992

Project Server 2010 April 2016 update:
< no update this month>

Project 2010 April 2016 update:
< no update this month>

SP2 is a pre-requisite for the Office 2010 April 2016 updates.

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

#ProjectOnline Project Detail Pages issue with new look document libraries #SharePoint #O365

April 7, 2016 at 6:58 pm | Posted in Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Fixes, Functionality, Information | 1 Comment
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Recently you may have noticed the banner below on a document library in SharePoint / Project Online stating “Document Libraries are getting a new look!” with a link to check it out:

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After clicking this link, the document libraries look like this:

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You can change to different views such as the grid view:

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You can easily change the columns displayed using the ellipsis on the right hand side:

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Create new documents:

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All looks good… but how do I create a new Project Detail Page now? Well there are two options (there may be others too):

1: Click the “Return to classic SharePoint” link in the bottom left corner then create the PDP’s as normal

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Or:

2: Edit the library settings by clicking the settings cog > library settings:

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Click Advanced Settings and Allow management of content types:

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Click OK and you will see the “Project Detail Page” content type:

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Now go back to the library and you will see the New menu now shows the Project Detail Pages:

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#Office365: quickly see which #SharePoint sites are #ProjectOnline sites #PowerShell

April 5, 2016 at 11:44 am | Posted in Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, PowerShell | Leave a comment
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In Office 365 from the SharePoint admin center it is not possible to quickly see which site collections are PWA site collections. The only way currently to check in the UI is the select a site collection then click the Project Web App button on the Site Collections ribbon and see if the Remove and Settings options are enabled:

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If you select a normal SharePoint site collection these two options are disabled:

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As you can imagine, if you have many site collections this could be quite a slow process. There is a simple and quick answer to this, PowerShell. Using the SharePoint Online Management Shell you can access the properties of the site collections, details on the SharePoint Online Management Shell can be seen below:

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Introduction-to-the-SharePoint-Online-Management-Shell-c16941c3-19b4-4710-8056-34c034493429

I have used the PowerShell ISE to create and run the script, to use the ISE you will need to firstly install the SharePoint Online Management Shell on your machine then import the module using the command below:

Import-Module Microsoft.Online.SharePoint.PowerShell -DisableNameChecking

Once loaded, a simple PowerShell script can easily identify the PWA site collections:

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There is a –Filter parameter for the Get-SPOSite command but it doesn’t allow you to filter on the Template property so I created a simple foreach loop and did the filter there.

Or if you want to see all of the site collections and the templates used to create the sites see the script below:

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In both examples just update the site collection admin site URL and the global administrator username for the Connect-SPOService command.

**** There is a caveat to this approach (thanks to Brian Smith for letting me know), if you have a normal SharePoint site then enable PWA on the site after it is created these sites will not show as a PWA site in this script. In that scenario the PWA site is a sub site and the Get-SPOSite only gets the root site collections. I guess you could look at using CSOM / REST to get all sites. ****

If would be good to get this information visible in the view from the SharePoint Admin Center, someone has already suggested this on the Office 365 uservoice, see the link below if you want to vote:

https://office365.uservoice.com/forums/273493-office-365-admin/suggestions/9374838-enable-split-view-in-sharepoint-admin-center-to-di

#Project #MVP Award #ProjectOnline #ProjectServer #MVPBuzz #Microsoft

April 1, 2016 at 2:15 pm | Posted in Information, Personal | 8 Comments
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Some good news, I’m very pleased to announce that my Project MVP award was renewed for the fourth time after first being awarded in April 2013. I am really grateful for the recognition, especially as I still enjoy helping out the Project and Project Server / Project Online community so much. It is kind of a hobby of mine I guess, or maybe just an obsession!

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