Want to report across #ProjectOnline Project Sites for #SharePoint list data? #PPM #JavaScript #Office365 #REST #OData

May 5, 2017 at 5:13 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Reporting | 5 Comments
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For those of you that are familiar with Project Server or Project Online, only the default lists and default columns from those lists are synchronised to the database reporting schema. So Project API’s like the OData API (_api/ProjectData) only have data for Risks / Issues and the default columns etc. I have published an example solution starter script that will allow data from any list on the project site to be used.

This is a supporting blog post for the JavaScript solution starter I have published to the Microsoft Gallery, it can be downloaded here:

https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Report-on-Online-list-data-f5cbf73f

This solution starter should be updated before production use to include the correct data you want, improve error handling, support the REST API pagination etc. This example uses the Issues list and some example default columns from the Issues list but it can easily be updated to use a custom list on the Project Sites.

There are comments in the script to help update the script for your target Project Site list and columns. Once the script is updated, upload it to a library on the target PWA site. Create a new page on the PWA site to host the JavaScript file. Then add a content editor web part on the new page and reference the JavaScript file, for example:

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Once added it will look like this (this in on one of my MOD demo tenants):

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The select menu will contain a list of EPTs:

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Changing the selection to another EPT will load a SharePoint modal pop up whilst the data loads:

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If an EPT is selected that doesn’t contain any list items the following will be displayed:

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There is example conditional formatting on the table:

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The list item title is a clickable hyper link that will open the list item in a new window:

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Fully test this on a non-production PWA instance before using in Production, the script is provided As Is with no warranties etc. Try it out and let me know what you think.

#ProjectOnline #PPM #PowerBI Report Pack Publish #BI #Reporting #PowerQuery #DAX #Office365

February 10, 2017 at 8:33 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Reporting | 1 Comment
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Following on from my recent Project Online Power BI report pack post / release, this post looks at publishing the Report pack to the Power BI service, creating an example Dashboard and then finally creating an organisational content pack. For those of you that missed the previous post, please find a link below:

https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2017/01/03/projectonline-ppm-powerbi-report-pack-bi-reporting-powerquery-dax-office365/

Open up the report pack in Power BI Desktop as seen below:

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Click the Publish button on the Home ribbon or Click File > Publish > Publish to Power BI:

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Sign in to Power BI if prompted to do so. If you have more than workspace in the Power BI Service it will prompt you to select the destination. Select the destination “My Workspace” as required and click Select, you will then see the following:

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Once completed you will see:

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Click Got it to close the window. Open up the browser and navigate to https://app.powerbi.com. You will then see the published report under the Reports heading in My Workspace and also the report dataset under the Datasets heading. Click the report name under the reports heading and the published report will load:

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You can then schedule a refresh of the data. Click the ellipsis next to the report under the Datasets heading:

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Click Schedule Refresh. You will then see that you need to enter the credentials used for each OData endpoint used in the reports:

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Click Edit credentials and select OAuth2 on the window that opens:

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Click Sign In then enter the credentials / select the account as required. Repeat this for all of the OData connections.

**********NOTE: There is currently an issue with updating the credentials in Power BI when the Project Online OData URL contains [], you will probably receive the following message “Failed to update data source credentials.”

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I’m not sure when this will be resolved. Alternatively, if your PWA site default language is English you could update all of the report queries to remove the /[en-US] from the OData URL. To do this, click Edit Queries > Edit Queries to open the Query Editor. Select a query from the Queries menu on the left then click Advanced Editor. This will open the Advanced Editor window. In Source remove /[en-US] from the OData URL and click Done. Repeat this for all queries that contain the PWA OData URL, once completed click Close & Apply > Close & Apply. Then follow the steps to publish the report to the Power BI service. **********

Once the credentials are all updated and correct, expand Schedule Refresh and enable this as required:

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Click Apply.

Now click the report name under the Reports heading. From here you can pin visualizations on to a dashboard. See an example below:

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Click the pin in the top right corner of the visualization then click New Dashboard and give the dashboard a name:

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Click Pin.

Repeat this for other visualizations on other pages in the report as required but on the Pin to dashboard menu select Existing dashboard and select the dashboard you just created:

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Once you have added all the visualizations you want, click on the new dashboard from the Dashboards heading:

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Now you could create the organisational content pack to make this report and dashboard available to others in the organisation. This does require the Power BI Pro license.

Click the Settings Cog in the top right corner:

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Click Create content pack:

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Complete the form as required and upload an image if needed then select your dashboard – this will automatically include the correct report and dataset. Once completed, click Publish. You will then see a success message in the top right corner:

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Other users with a Power BI Pro license will then be able to consume the content pack once logged into their Power BI workspace by clicking Get Data > My Organization > Get:

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Click Get it now. It will then add the content pack to their workspace.

Before creating the content pack it would be best to wait until the data source credentials issue is resolved in the Power BI service so that the data in the content pack will update on the schedule. Or alternatively, if your PWA site default language is English, remove the /[en-US] from each dataset query as described in this post.

#ProjectOnline #PPM #PowerBI Report Pack #BI #Reporting #PowerQuery #DAX #Office365

January 3, 2017 at 3:03 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Reporting | 5 Comments
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Over the holiday period I started to build a Power BI Report Pack for Microsoft’s Office 365 PPM tool Project Online. I have made this publically available to download using the link below:

https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Online-Power-BI-Report-de969b81

This Report Pack currently consists of 5 reports but will be extended in the near future with additional reports and / or changes to existing reports. In this release there are 5 reports, these can be seen below:

Portfolio Report:

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Issues Report:

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Risks Report:

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Project Report:

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Resource Demand Report:

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These reports only use default intrinsic fields so it should work for all Project Online deployments.

Once downloaded, the report pack data sources will need to be updated to point to your target Project Online PWA instance. To do this you will need the Power BI desktop tool which is a free download here: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/desktop/

Open the downloaded PWMatherProjectOnlinePowerBIReportPack.pbix file in Power BI Desktop and follow the steps below to point the data sources to your Project Online PWA instance:

  • Home > Edit Queries > Edit Parameters
  • On the “Enter Parameters” window update the PWAURLParameter value with the correct PWA URL and click OK.
  • Click Apply Changes on the yellow status bar . You might be prompted to sign in if you haven’t before, if so, see the details below
  • If prompt with the authentication options. Select Organizational account then click Sign In.
  • Enter credentials for an account that has access to the OData Reporting API on the target PWA instance
  • Then click Connect
  • A Privacy levels window may appear, select Organisational then click Save.
  • The Apply Query Changes window will appear as the data is refreshed.
  • Once the refresh window disappears the reports will update to show the data from the target PWA instance. Click the Project Report tab and change the project filter from Project 1 to a project from your PWA instance. Save the file.

This file can either be emailed around to colleagues with details on how to update the credentials to their own or what would be better is to publish the report to your Power BI workspace can create an organisational content pack that others can add to their Power BI workspace. If the Power BI organisational content pack is the chosen option, you might want to create a Dashboard first.

In a follow up blog post to this one, I will touch on creating a dashboard once the report is published to my Power BI workspace then create an organisation content pack.

Enjoy, I hope you like it Smile

Security trim Project data in #ProjectOnline #PowerBI #Excel #PowerQuery reports part 2 #PPM #Odata #REST #BI

December 12, 2016 at 5:46 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Reporting | 1 Comment
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Further to my last post on an example method to security trim the Project data in a Power BI report for Microsoft’s Project Online PPM tool, another option is to merge the datasets / tables. If you didn’t see the first post, a link can be found below:

https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2016/12/09/security-trim-project-data-in-projectonline-powerbi-reports-ppm-odata-rest-bi/

For this post, I have the same two ODATA / REST queries used, the ODATA one for the Milestones (/_api/ProjectData/Tasks()?$Filter=TaskIsMilestone eq true) which is not security trimmed and the REST one for the Projects (/_api/ProjectServer/Projects) which is security trimmed. With both of these datasets loaded into the Power BI Query Editor, select the Milestone dataset and click Merge from the Home ribbon tab and set the following:

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This is merging my two tables based on ProjectId from the Milestone dataset and Id from the Projects dataset using a Left Outer join. You can see from that screen shot that I don’t actually have access to the Agile Product Development project in PWA as it is not returned in the list of projects in the REST dataset. Clicking OK will show a NewColumn:

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Click expand and select Name:

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That returns nulls for the project names you do not have access to:

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These rows should be filtered out, click the Name column heading dropdown and de-select null:

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Click OK and the Milestone dataset table will match the list of projects you have access to in PWA – the rows with nulls in the Name column will be removed from the table. I then renamed the Milestones – ODATA dataset to Filtered Milestones:

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Click Close & Apply then the load a couple of visualisations on to the report and you can see that now the data is security trimmed as part of the query and not in the report:

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In this simple example there is no need for the report level filter to remove the nulls at the report level like there was in the previous post. The same applies as with the previous post, if your users know Power BI  / Power Query they can easily undo all of this and access all the data but this might be an option to explore.

Security trim Project data in #ProjectOnline #PowerBI reports #PPM #Odata #REST #BI

December 9, 2016 at 1:29 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Reporting | 5 Comments
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The reporting API for Microsoft’s PPM solution – Project Online doesn’t filter the data based on the access model in PWA. For some organisations this can be problematic. In this blog post I show a simple report example to filter only projects and project milestones that I have access to in PWA.

In this example I have a very simple Power BI Report that is only using ODATA (_api/ProjectData), the Projects resource path to populate the Projects slicer / filter and the Tasks resource path to populate the Milestones for the selected Project:

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I have access to a long list of projects (see the scroll bar on the slicer). Using the Audit Tracking project as an example, I can currently see this project in PWA as shown below:

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I will change the access model so I get access denied to this project:

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I only see these 6 projects projects in an unfiltered Project Center view:

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Yet if I refresh my Power BI report I still see the full list as expected (the ODATA reporting API is not data security trimmed, you either access all data or none). One option is to use the REST (_api/ProjectServer) to filter the datasets that use the ODATA API as the source. The REST API is security trimmed to only show the data you have access to based on the access model in PWA. For example, I will get the list of Projects from REST to populate the Projects slicer / filter in Power BI, this only shows the projects I have access to in PWA. I have added a new data source to my simple Power BI report for the REST API:

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The join is then set up on Id from the Projects REST dataset to the ProjectId in the Milestones OData dataset:

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I now switch my slicer / filter to use the Projects – REST dataset

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As you can see the list of projects matches what I see in the Project Center but there is a also a blank option there. The blank value is for rows it can’t join with on the Milestone ODATA dataset, these are the projects I no longer have permission to access in PWA! To resolve this, select the page and add a report level filter like below where Name is not blank:

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This report filter will not show any blank values for the Name field on any visualisation in the report:

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The blank value is now removed. My data is now security trimmed to match what I have access to in PWA! Obviously if you know what you are doing you can just undo all of this and see all data but for some it might be a workable solution! You can do the same with Resources too.

Update #ProjectOnline Resource custom field values using #PowerShell with data from #AzureAD user attributes #PPM #Offce365 #ProjectServer #CSOM

November 7, 2016 at 9:40 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, PowerShell, Reporting | Leave a comment
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This blog post will demonstrate a simple example of how Microsoft’s PPM tool, Project Online, can include / sync metadata from Azure AD user attributes to resource custom fields in Project Online. This example script will update the resource custom field “Job Title” on my test tenant with the data from the Azure AD user “Title” attribute.

This script example can be downloaded here: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Update-Online-Resource-83137b7f

The script does require some additional modules / DLLs to work. Firstly you will need the Azure AD module installed, this can be downloaded here: http://connect.microsoft.com/site1164/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?DownloadID=59185. You will also need the SharePoint Online and Project Online CSOM DLLs. The DLL’s used are from the NuGet package here: https://www.nuget.org/packages/Microsoft.SharePointOnline.CSOM/16.1.5521.1200. There are later version available, check here: https://www.nuget.org/packages/Microsoft.SharePointOnline.CSOM. Download those as required. These modules can be seen here on line 3,5 and 14 in the example script, the location will need to be updated to reference the correct location for your SP / PS Online CSOM DLLs.

The user setting up the script will need to update the correct location to the DLLs required, the AD username, AD password, CSV file location, PWA instance URL, username, password and the custom field internal name. The PWA account specified will need edit access to all of the resources in PWA and the AD account will need access to read all the users in Azure AD. Ensure the variables have been updated correctly, placeholder values seen below:

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In this example all users in the Azure AD will be exported, clearly if you have a large organisation it would be efficient the filter for only those users that exist in Project Online. The code matches users and resources based on the AD display name and PWA resource name when updating the resources in PWA.

To get the correct custom field internal ID I use the REST API, <PWA Site URL> + /_api/ProjectServer/CustomFields. Find the resource level custom field and copy the InternalName as seen below:

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Once the PowerShell script has been updated, save it and it can then be tested on a test / non-production environment. Once executed in PowerShell, each resource found in the CSV file will be outputted as seen in the example below. In this example there are many AD users in the CSV export that do not exist in the PWA instance.

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Checking in the Resource Center after the script has run you can see for the resources that exist in the CSV file created, the Job Title has been updated with the values found in Azure AD / the export CSV file:

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The CSV file generated can be seen here:

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This PowerShell script could be run on a schedule from a server on-prem or even in Azure / webjob. The script would just need access to save / access a CSV file and the DLLs / modules required. Fully test this script on a test / non-production PWA instance before running on a Production PWA instance.

The script is provided “As is” with no warranties etc.

Update #ProjectOnline Project custom field values using #PowerShell with data from a CSV file #PPM #ProjectServer #CSOM

November 6, 2016 at 4:44 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, PowerShell | 1 Comment
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This blog post will demonstrate a simple example of how Microsoft’s PPM tool, Project Online, can include data from an external system. This is a very simple example using a demo CSV mock up of data that could be from an external system. The CSV part could easily be replaced by a SQL query or a REST API query to the source system etc.

Example CSV data used can be seen below:

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As you can see, my imagination for example project names has not improved! The code uses the Project Name as the key between the two data sets – the CSV file and PWA so the names will need to match.

This script example can be downloaded here: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Update-Online-Custom-Field-12f034f4

The user setting up the script will need to update the correct location to the DLLs required, the PWA instance URL, username, password, the custom field internal name and the location of the CSV file. The account specified will need edit access to all of the projects in PWA. Ensure the variables have been updated correctly, placeholder values seen below:

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The DLL’s used are from the NuGet package here: https://www.nuget.org/packages/Microsoft.SharePointOnline.CSOM/16.1.5521.1200. There are later version available, check here: https://www.nuget.org/packages/Microsoft.SharePointOnline.CSOM. Download those as required.

The get the correct custom field internal ID I use the REST API, <PWA Site URL> + /_api/ProjectServer/CustomFields. Find the project level custom field and copy the InternalName as seen below:

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Once the PowerShell script has been updated, save it and it can then be tested on a test / non-production environment. Once executed in PowerShell, each project found in the CSV file will be outputted as seen in the example below. In this example two projects exist in the CSV data but not in my example Project Online PWA instance (remember for this example, the names need to match in the CSV file and PWA):

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Checking in the Project Center after the script has run you can see for the projects that exist in the CSV file, the project budget includes the values found in the CSV file:

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This PowerShell script could be run on a schedule from a server on-prem or even in Azure. The script would just need access to the data to import (CSV file etc.) and the DLLs. Fully test this script on a test / non-production PWA instance before running on a Production PWA instance.

The script is provided "As is" with no warranties etc.

Last logon time for the #ProjectOnline PWA users report #PPM #PowerBI #PowerQuery #Office365 #SharePoint #BI part 2

October 12, 2016 at 4:46 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Reporting, Workarounds | Leave a comment
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This is last post in this mini series for the last connect / last logon feature for Project Online, Microsoft’s PPM tool. In this post we will create the Power BI report. For those that missed the previous post see the links below, check these out first:

Firstly, capturing the last logon time: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/want-to-capture-the-last-logon-time-for-the-projectonline-pwa-users-ppm-javascript-office365-sharepoint/

Secondly, part 1 of the report creation – setting up the dataset queries in preparation for this post: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2016/10/10/last-logon-time-for-the-projectonline-pwa-users-report-ppm-powerbi-powerquery-office365-sharepoint-bi-part-1/

If you are continuing where we left off after part 1, open the saved Power BI report:

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We have the blank canvas ready to add the data and visualisations. In the blog post we I cover creating the report below, Power BI has many options which we don’t cover here but all are intuitive so have a play!

Page 1 – PWAUsage:

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Page 2 – PWAUserLastConnectDate:

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Before we start, the report example I created uses a custom visual from the gallery for the Browser filter, this can be downloaded here: https://app.powerbi.com/visuals/show/ChicletSlicer1448559807354 or alternatively just use the default slicer visual like the one used for the Username filter.

Once the custom visual is imported (or choose to use the default slicer), expand the PWAUage dataset, this is the one we will use for this first page:

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The first visual we will add is the bottom left pie chart for “Logon by Browser”, from the PWAUsage dataset select Browser and Id:

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It defaults to the Table visualisation, change this to the Pie chart in the Visualizations pane:

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Drag Id from Details into Values:

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Drag the visual to the bottom left corner of the page. In the Visualizations settings pane, click the roller to access the settings, here you can change the settings as needed, for example I turned on the Legend and update the Title:

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The next visualisation to add is the PWA Usage Details table, click anywhere on the page so no visualisations are selected then from the PWAUsage dataset select Browser, Logon Data and Username:

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By default, the Logon Date will be broken down into the date hierarchy, change this in the visualisation settings, select Logon Date:

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Move the visualisation to the bottom center of the page and click the Logon Date column to change the order by so the latest date is in the first row:

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With the visualisation selected, click the roller in the visualisations settings pane to update the settings as needed. I updated the title, the grid settings, the text size for the data and changed the column order:

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The next visualisation to add is the Hits Per User bar chart, click anywhere on the page so no visualisations are selected then from the PWAUsage dataset select Browser, Id and Username:

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Change the visualisations from a table to a Stacked bar chart and move Id to Values and Browser to the Legend:

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Move the visualisation to the center of the page and extend it to the right hand side of the page by dragging it:

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The same process as before, update the visualisation settings as required by clicking the roller. I updated title, increased the size of the legend text and turned on data labels.

The next visualisation to add is the Last Refresh table, click anywhere on the page so no visualisations are selected then from the PWAUsage dataset select Last Refreshed, resize the visualisation and move it to the top right hand corner of the page:

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Update the visualisation settings as required by clicking the roller. I added a title and increased the size of the data text:

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Add a text box to the top of the page and enter the report title, change the settings as required:

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The next visualisations to add are the cards showing the totals, the process is the same for all so I will only cover adding one in detail. Click anywhere on the page so no visualisations are selected then from the PWAUsage dataset select Id, change the visual from a table to a Card:

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Move the visual to the bottom right corner of the page, resize it and update the settings as required, I added a title, removed the category label and increased the size of the data label:

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Add 5 more cards, select the one already created then copy and paste it 5 times then place them in the correct location on the page as required:

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The 5 additional visualisations need different settings applied as these will show the hits per Browser. To update them, select one so that the settings are visible. Drag Browser from the PWAUsage dataset to the Visual level filters setting:

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Select IE:

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Now update the title from Total Hits to Total IE Hits:

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Repeat this for the other 4 cards but set one for Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Other so you end up with this:

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The final visualisations to add to this page are the filters, with no visualisation selected, select Username from the PWAUsage dataset, change this from a table to a slicer and change the settings as required. I added a title, turned off the header row, turned of Select all and turned off single select:

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Now repeat this but select Browser and change it to the Chiclet Slicer:

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Change the settings as required, I added a title, turned off the header row and set it to have 2 columns:

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That is the first page set up, rename the page and it is completed:

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So here you can see some useful stats around the PWA usage.

Click the + next to the first page to add a new page and rename this to PWAUserLastConnectDate:

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Now expand the PWALastLogon dataset and select both fields, change the column order so Resource name is first then change the row order so the Resource Name is alphabetical:

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Change the settings as needed, I added a title, turned off the horizontal grid line and increased the text size. Now add a text box to the page to add the report title:

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On this page you can quickly see who has logged in and when plus who has never logged in since adding the JavaScript to the Project Web App homepage – unless of course they always by pass the PWA homepage or the pages where you added the JavaScript!

There are lots of options available, have a play and build great dashboards! If you used the Chiclet slicer here is a cool option to add:

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It supports Image URLs, for this I updated the PWAUsage dataset and added a new column called Browser URL:

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As you can see this is an if statement, based on the Browser a certain URL is set to display the correct logo for each browser, either save the images to a site you have access to or use images from the internet. Then on the report designer I set the Browser URL to be an Image URL on the Modelling tab:

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Then update the Chiclet Slicer settings:

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Once completed save and publish your report to Power BI or you can just use it from Power BI Desktop if needed.

Power BI offers great report visualisations, this is just a simple example, see what you can come up with!

Last logon time for the #ProjectOnline PWA users report #PPM #PowerBI #PowerQuery #Office365 #SharePoint #BI part 1

October 10, 2016 at 4:21 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Reporting, Workarounds | 2 Comments
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Following on from my last post where I published an option / workaround for the last connected feature that has been removed from Project Online, this post will look at generating a Power BI report for the usage data that is captured. For those of you that missed the last post, see link below before continuing:

https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/want-to-capture-the-last-logon-time-for-the-projectonline-pwa-users-ppm-javascript-office365-sharepoint/

Now that we have some data captured in the list we can generate a report, for this example report I have used Power BI and Power Query but you could do something similar in Excel Power View with Power Query or even JavaScript / HTML if you really wanted to. In this post I will walkthrough all the steps needed to start creating the example report seen below:

Page 1 (PWAUsage):

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Page 2 (PWAUserLastConnect):

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So firstly we need to two URLs for the data used to generate this report, the first one is from the PWAUsageList, this assumes the list is called PWAUsageList, update the URL as needed:

<PWA URL>/_api/Web/Lists/GetByTitle('PWAUsageList')/Items()?$Select=WhoString,LogonDate,Browser,Id

The next one is from the Project OData Reporting API to return the active users that have an account:

<PWA URL>/_api/ProjectData/Resources()?$Filter=ResourceIsActive eq true and ResourceNTAccount ne null

Now launch Power Bi Desktop and click Get Data > OData Feed:

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Enter the URL for the PWAUsageList as seen in the example above and click OK then click the Edit button on the preview window and the Query Editor window will open. Change the Query name from Query1 to something meaningful such as PWAUsage. Now change the LogonDate Column to Date rather than Date/TIme by right clicking on the column heading > Change Type > Date:

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Also rename any columns as needed and remove the duplicate ID column, I renamed LogonDate to Logon Date and WhoString to Username:

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Now we will add a custom column to this query to get the “Last Refresh” date. To do this click the “Add Column” ribbon then “Add Custom Column” and complete the details:

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Click OK and the dataset will update:

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Now we need to add the Resources data source, in the query editor click Home > New Source > OData Feed and enter the Resources OData URL as seen in the example above and click OK then click OK on the data preview window. Now click Choose Columns, the only column needed is ResourceName:

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Click OK. The ResourceName column was then renamed and the Query renamed too:

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Now we need to create a third query table that contains data from the PWAUsage query and the ActivePWAUsers query to show the last logon time for each PWA User. We could keep just the two queries and merge the two without creating a third table but that is up to you, you would just chose the Merge Queries option if you wanted to have just two queries. For this post I will create a third dataset query. In the query editor click the Merge Queries > Merge Queries as New option:

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ActivePWAUsers in the top table and PWAUsage is the bottom table, select Resource Name in the top section and Username in the bottom section. The default join kind is fine for this merge:

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Click OK. Update the query name to something meaningful such as PWALastLogon.

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Click the Expand button next to the NewColumn:

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Change the radio button to Aggregate and then click the dropdown next to Logon Date and select Maximum, don’t select anything else:

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Uncheck the option “Use original column name as prefix” then click OK:

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Rename the new column to remove the “Max of” and call the column “Latest Logon Date”

We now have the three queries ready to load into the report:

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Now click Close & Apply > Close & Apply from the Home ribbon menu and the report will show your queries available:

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The first thing to do will be to ensure the relationships between the three datasets is correct. Click the relationships button from the left navigation and update as needed:

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All I had to change was to join PWAUsage to ActivePWAUsers by dragging Username from PWAUsage to Resource Name in ActivePWAUsers.

Now click back to the report view and we are ready to design the report. Now we have the datasets ready, in part 2 we will look at creating and designing the report, for now ensure you save the Power BI report for later when we look at designing the report.

Want to capture the last logon time for the #ProjectOnline PWA users? #PPM #JavaScript #Office365 #SharePoint

September 30, 2016 at 2:19 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Reporting | 2 Comments
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This is a supporting blog post for a new JavaScript file I have published to the Microsoft Gallery, it can be downloaded here:

https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Capture-Online-user-last-43621a21

Microsoft recently removed the Last Logon details from the Manage Users page in PWA settings for Project Online – Microsoft’s PPM tool. This simple script is an alternative solution that will capture the last logon for the Project Web App users. It wont capture the last logon from Project Professional or if a user accesses the API’s etc., it will only capture the last logon from the page the script is added to. In this example I have added the script to the homepage, so if a user has the Project Center saved as a favourite link and bypasses the PWA homepage then their logon would not be captured. You could add the script to multiple PWA pages if required.

When a user accesses the PWA homepage for the first time that day, an item is created on the SharePoint list in the PWA site, it only captures the logon once per day. See an example on my demo instance:

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It captures the user name, the logon data and the browser that was used. This list will need to be created manually with the following details:

List Name: PWAUsageList

Columns:

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The LogonDate column setting defaults to Today:

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Once the list is set up, upload the JavaScript file to a library on the PWA site then the script can be added to the PWA homepage using a content editor web part:

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Reference the location of the PWAUsage.js file – in this example I added the JavaScript file to the Shared Document library in the PWA site, also notice the Chrome Type is set to None so nothing is visible on the PWA homepage.

That is it, it will now capture the users who access the PWA homepage. Once you have the data on the list you can then create a report for that data. I will publish a blog post in the next week or so that details this but for now here is an example report screen shot in Power BI:

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Fully test this on a non-production PWA instance before rolling out to Production, the script is provided As Is with no warranties etc. Try it out and let me know what you think.

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