#ProjectOnline Project Center updates #O365 #PPM #PMOT #MSProject

April 20, 2017 at 7:18 pm | Posted in Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Performance | Leave a comment
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Further to the announcement the other week regarding great improvements coming to Microsoft’s Office 365 PPM tool Project Online : https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/awesome-update-for-projectonline-create-and-manage-up-to-30000-projects-ppm-o365-pmot-msproject/

You may have noticed that on your Project Online PWA instance you now have two new checkbox options on the Project Center Projects ribbon to improve page load times if needed:

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Rollups: image

Gantt Chart: image

A small change but one that will help improve page load times for users.

#ProjectServer and #SharePoint 2013 / 2016 April 2017 Cumulative Update #PS2013 #SP2013 #PS2016 #SP2016 #MSProject

April 11, 2017 at 6:44 pm | Posted in Administration, Configuration, CU, Fixes, Functionality, Information | Leave a comment
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The Office 2016 April 2017 updates and cumulative updates are now available, please see the links below:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/4016803

Project 2016 April 2017 update:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3178708

SharePoint Server 2016 / Project Server 2016 April 2017 update: 
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3178721 & https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3178718

The Office 2013 April 2017 updates and cumulative updates are now available, please see the links below:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/4016803

Project Server 2013 April 2017 CU Server Roll up package:
***No Server rollup package this month – install other SharePoint 2013 patches as required***

Project Server 2013 April 2017 update:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3191824

Project 2013 April 2017 update:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3178713

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 2017 CU on 2013.

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

#ProjectOnline issue with #PowerBI and the #OData URL with [] now fixed #PPM #BI #PMOT

April 11, 2017 at 11:59 am | Posted in Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Fixes, Functionality, Information, Reporting | Leave a comment
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Just a quick post to highlight that the issue with setting the credentials for a Project Online OData connection that contained the [] for localisation is now fixed in the Power BI Service. If your OData URL contained the [] to specify the OData localisation you couldn’t set the credentials in the Power BI Service for the data refresh, you would see the error below.

For the details on the error see a previous post of mine, see the Note halfway down the post: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/projectonline-ppm-powerbi-report-pack-publish-bi-reporting-powerquery-dax-office365/

It’s good to finally have this issue fixed in Power BI. The Project Online Power BI report pack I created will now refresh / work as expected in the Power BI Service: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2017/01/03/projectonline-ppm-powerbi-report-pack-bi-reporting-powerquery-dax-office365/

Awesome update for #ProjectOnline – create and manage up to 30000 projects #PPM #O365 #PMOT #MSProject

April 3, 2017 at 8:44 pm | Posted in Administration, Configuration, Functionality, Information | 1 Comment
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A new announcement on the Office blog today detailed some changes to Microsoft Office 365 PPM tool, Project Online. It will be possible to create and manager up to 30,000 projects. This is a great news as the 5,000 limit was an issue for some organisations. What is also coming is the ability to have a project site for each project, the limit previously was 2,000 project sites. This is achieved by setting the site collection to host the project sites per EPT as the limit per site collection is 2,000 sites. Be aware though, with the new solution the user sync and task list sync is only supported for Project Sites that exist in the same site collection as the PWA site.

There are also some new options in the project center to improve the performance for page load times when you have lots of projects by turning off the data roll up and Gantt charts.

For details see the blog post here: https://blogs.office.com/2017/04/03/create-and-manage-up-to-30000-projects-in-project-online/

The Project Online software boundaries and limits article has been updated: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Project-Online-software-boundaries-and-limits-5a09dbce-1e68-4a7b-b099-d5f1b21ba489

The article on tuning Project Online performance has also been updated with the new options: https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/Tune-Project-Online-performance-12ba0ebd-c616-42e5-b9b6-cad570e8409c

#ProjectServer and #SharePoint 2013 / 2016 March 2017 Cumulative Update #PS2013 #SP2013 #PS2016 #SP2016 #MSProject

March 15, 2017 at 1:38 pm | Posted in Administration, Configuration, Fixes, Functionality, Information | Leave a comment
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The Office 2016 March 2017 updates and cumulative updates are now available, please see the links below:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/4013886

Project 2016 March 2017 update:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3178669

SharePoint Server 2016 / Project Server 2016 March 2017 update: 
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3178675 & https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3178672

The Office 2013 March 2017 updates and cumulative updates are now available, please see the links below:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/4013886

Project Server 2013 March 2017 CU Server Roll up package:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3172462

Project Server 2013 March 2017 update:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3178625

Project 2013 March 2017 update:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3178650

Also worth noting, if you haven’t done so already, install Service Pack 1 http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/2880556 first if installing the March 2017 CU on 2013.

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

#ProjectOnline #PowerBI Currency Conversion Project Cost Report Part 2 #PPM #BI #Office365 #PowerQuery

March 9, 2017 at 5:32 pm | Posted in Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Reporting | Leave a comment
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Following on from my first post on currency conversion found below:

https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2017/03/06/projectonline-powerbi-currency-conversion-project-cost-report-part-1-ppm-bi-office365/

This post walks through a different option for working with multiple currencies. This post will create a similar report as seen below:

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This report enables the project cost to be calculated based on project currency and rate for the year. In this example I have two projects that should be reporting costs in Euros,the PWA site is set up using Pounds (GBP) as are the resources that are used on those projects. So for those two projects in PWA the projects display a EUR symbol but there is no conversion to calculate the Euro rate from the GBP resource rates used.

In the steps below we walkthrough how to set up this example. Firstly in the Power BI Desktop client add the Projects OData feed:

  • Click Get Data > OData Feed and add the Odata URL for your PWA site: <PWASite>/_api/ProjectData/Projects and click OK
  • Click Edit to launch the Power BI Query Editor then click Choose Columns and uncheck Select All to deselect all the columns then select at least ProjectId, ProjectName, ProjectCurrency and ProjectType and click OK
  • Click the dropdown menu on the ProjectType column and uncheck 7.
  • Change the table from Query1 to Projects

The Projects table is now completed.

Now we need to create a currency table, still within the Query Editor see these steps:

  • Click Enter Data and create 4 columns, Currency, Master, Date and Rate then enter the data as required and click OK, for the purpose of the blog post here is the data I entered:
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  • On my PWA instance, GBP is the default currency used for this demo / blog post so this is set to 1.00 then I have a example currencies / rates for Euros. The project data in my PWA instance ranges from 2016 to 2018 so I need rates to cover those years
  • Click Add Column > Custom and enter the name “Year” with the formula of  Column Date.Year([Date]) and click OK
  • Right click on Master column and change the type to True / False
  • Change the table name to CurrencyData

The currency table is now completed.

Now we need to get the Task Timephased data, still within the Query Editor opened from creating the currency table table, see these steps:

  • New Source > OData Feed and add the OData URL for your PWA site: <PWASite>/_api/ProjectData/TaskTimephasedDataSet and click OK then OK again
  • Click Choose Columns and uncheck Select All to deselect all the columns then select at least ProjectId, TaskCost, TaskIsProjectSummary and TimeByDay and click OK
  • Change the table from Query2 to TaskData
  • Click the dropdown menu on the TaskCost column, if it states “List may be incomplete” click load more and then uncheck 0. In the advanced editor check the filter is ([TaskCost] <> 0)
  • Click the dropdown menu on the TaskIsProjectSummary column and uncheck false
  • Click Add Column > Custom Column and enter the name “Year” with the formula of Date.Year([TimeByDay]) and click OK
  • Click Merge Queries > Merge Queries, in the Merge window select Projects then select ProjectId in the TaskData table and ProjectId in Projects table:
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  • Click OK
  • In the New Column column heading, click the Expand button, select just ProjectCurrency and uncheck the use original column name option:
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  • Click OK
  • Click Merge Queries > Merge Queries, in the Merge window select CurrencyData then  hold the Ctrl key down and click Year and then ProjectCurrency in the TaskData table and then Year and then Currency in the CurrencyData table like below:
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  • Click OK
  • In the New Column column heading, click the Expand button, select just Rate and uncheck the use original column name option:
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  • Click OK
  • Click Add Custom > Custom Column and enter the name “TaskCost_Converted” with the formula of [TaskCost] * [Rate] and click OK
  • Right Click the column heading for TaskCost_Converted column and click Change Type > Decimal Number:
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The TaskData table is now complete. Click Close & Apply > Close & Apply. Check the table relationships are correct, it should just be Projects linked to TaskData using ProjectId.

Now design the report as required. For the purpose of this blog post I created one table with the following fields:

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Ensure TaskCost and TaskCost_Converted fields are set to Sum and all other fields on the table are set to Don’t summarize. If you need to work with multiple currencies in reports, try this out and extend it for your specific needs.

#ProjectOnline #PowerBI Currency Conversion Project Cost Report Part 1 #PPM #BI #Office365

March 6, 2017 at 7:52 pm | Posted in Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Reporting | 1 Comment
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Whilst Microsoft’s Office 365 PPM tool Project Online supports projects using different currencies, there is no conversion based on a currency rate. The project has a currency set and the correct currency symbol is displayed for cost data. In the reports and views there is no conversion based on an exchange rate between currencies. This blog post shows a simple way using Power BI to have a report calculate the project cost based on the defined currency as seen below:

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In the steps below we walkthrough how to set up this simple example. Firstly in the Power BI Desktop client add the Projects OData feed:

  • Click Get Data > OData Feed and add the Odata URL for your PWA site: <PWASite>/_api/ProjectData/Projects and click OK
  • Click Edit to launch the Power BI Query Editor then click Choose Columns and uncheck Select All to deselect all the columns then select at least ProjectName, ProjectCost and  ProjectType and click OK
  • Click the dropdown menu on the ProjectType column and uncheck 7.
  • Change the table from Query1 to Projects

The Projects table is now completed.

Now we need to create a table for the different currencies and rates we want to use.

  • Click Enter Data to launch the Create Table window and create the columns “Currency” and “Rate”. Enter the data as needed and call the table Currency then click OK. I created the following:
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  • On my PWA instance, GBP is the currency used for this demo / blog post so this is set to 1.00 then I have a example currencies / rates for Euros and USD

The Currency table is now completed. Click Close & Apply > Close & Apply. Create a table with the project data on then a slicer for the currency values from the currency table like below:

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Now right click on the Projects table in the fields pane and click New measure:

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Enter the following in the formula / query bar:

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This gets the selected currency from our slicer as a value in the Projects table. This is then used in the next new measure we create. Right click on the Projects table in the fields pane and click New measure again:

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Enter the following in the formula / query bar:

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Now add the ProjectCost_Converted field into the table with the project data and change the slicer selection and notice the ProjectCost_Converted values change, as seen below for Euros (EUR):

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For Pounds (GBP):

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For US Dollars (USD):

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This simple version doesn’t take into account for projects that span multiple years where different rates will apply, it could be extended to support that though. In part 2 later this week we look at pre-calculating the project cost so that the portfolio cost is correct based on the currency defined by the project, look out for that towards the end of the week.

#ProjectServer and #SharePoint 2013 / 2016 February 2017 Cumulative Update #PS2013 #SP2013 #PS2016 #SP2016 #MSProject

February 26, 2017 at 8:55 am | Posted in Administration, CU, Fixes, Functionality, Information | Leave a comment
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The Office 2016 February 2017 updates and cumulative updates are now available, please see the links below:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/4010765

Project 2016 February 2017 update:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3141514

SharePoint Server 2016 / Project Server 2016 February 2017 update: 
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3141515 & https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3141517

The Office 2013 February 2017 updates and cumulative updates are now available, please see the links below:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/4010765

Project Server 2013 February 2017 CU Server Roll up package:
***No Server rollup package this month – install other SharePoint 2013 patch as required***

Project Server 2013 February 2017 update:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3141525

Project 2013 February 2017 update:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3141499

Also worth noting, if you haven’t done so already, install Service Pack 1 http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/2880556 first if installing the February 2017 CU.

For more details see: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/projectsupport/2017/02/24/project-and-project-server-february-2017-updates-released/

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

#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.

#ProjectServer 2016 environment migration / rollover steps #PowerShell #PS2016 #MSProject #SP2016

January 19, 2017 at 3:48 pm | Posted in Administration, Configuration, Functionality, Information, Installation | Leave a comment
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This blog post will detail the PowerShell commands required to carry out an environment rollover / migration using Windows PowerShell where possible. The steps below use the database approach to rollover the Production environment to the Test / Development environment.

As a prerequisite I would recommend taking full backups of the Test / Dev farm to enable the environment to be rolled back if required. Use your usual farm backup procedures.

Test / Dev environment Prep

Firstly connect to the Test / Dev Application server and launch the SharePoint 2016 Management shell.

Type the following:

Remove-SPSite -Identity ‘<TEST/DEV PWA Site URL>’

You can check in Central admin in the Project Server Service Application to check that the PWA site has been removed.

Using the SharePoint 2016 Management Shell, remove the existing content database from the web application that hosted the PWA site collection that was removed in the previous step.

Type the following:

Dismount-SPContentDatabase ‘<Content database name>’

Test / Dev environment SQL Prep

Take a backup of the PWA Content database from the Production environment and copy this over to the Test / Dev SQL server and restore the database. The database required is:

  • Content database that contains the Production PWA site and Project Sites

Make a note of the database name used when this database is restored as it will be required later.

Test / Dev environment configuration

Using the SharePoint Management Shell, mount the restored content database to the web application that will host the PWA site collection.

Type the following:

Mount-SPContentDatabase ‘<content database name restored in previous step>’ -DatabaseServer ‘<Test / DEV SQL Server>’ –WebApplication <web application URL>

Post Provisioning

The Project Server Cube settings will need to be updated – update the SQL AS server / cube name.

Any Excel based reports in PWA will need to be updated to use the ODC files / connection strings from the Test / Dev environment as they will currently point to the Production ODC files / connection strings. This is done by opening the Excel reports in Excel, changing the ODC file / connection strings then saving the file back to the library.

All projects will need to be republished on the test / dev instance so that the project site features such as the issues and risks sync works as expected. There are other ways to fix that but republishing the projects is the easiest / safest option from what i have found.

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