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Microsoft Demo Builder 2013

August 17, 2014

Demo builder helps you build demos with data which can be used in your corporate demo.

It also comes with OOB SharePoint integration, Azure Integration as well as customer portal. Very handy for setting up quick demo environment.

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Check this link for details:

https://www.microsoftdynamicsdemos.com/

MS Office Project Server 2010 web sites

August 1, 2012

Product information and trial download

Main Project 2010 site http://www.microsoft.com/project

End-user help http://office2010.microsoft.com/project-help/

Trial download http://technet.microsoft.com/evalcenter/ee410540.aspx

Project Team Blog http://blogs.msdn.com/project

Interactive content – Videos & Sessions & Webcasts

http://www.microsoft.com/showcase/en/US/channels/microsoftproject

IT Professional related

TechCenter @ TechNet http://technet.microsoft.com/ProjectServer

Admin Blog http://blogs.technet.com/projectadministration

Developer related

Developer center @ MSDN http://msdn.microsoft.com/Project

Programmability blog http://blogs.msdn.com/project_programmability

Additional questions? Project 2010 Forums!

http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/projectserver2010,projectprofessional2010

Queue Service and Event Service will not start in a virtualized environment

January 13, 2012

The 1053 error message is one that I have come across in many environments where customers have chosen to virtualize Project Server 2007. In short, the Microsoft Office Project Server Queue Service and Event Service fail to start in a timely manner.

As a result, one or both of the services may be stopped and refuse to start. Additionally, errors may be appearing in the event viewer, and sometimes jobs in the Queue Service will not show as processing or may fail completely. 

While this issue has caused headaches for more than few customers,  it is important to note that the issue with the Queue Service and the Event Service not starting in a timely fashion is not related to or caused by Microsoft Project Server. Rather it is due to the nature of virtualization and how the virtualized environments respond.

The good news is there is a fairly straight forward fix.

To date, I have not seen this issue occur on a physical server.

Just as the error message states, the error occurs because the virtual servers are unable to restart the Microsoft Office Project Server Queue Service and Event Service in a timely manner. 

I have used the following steps to successfully resolve the error:

1.       Identify the drive on which ProjectServer was installed.

2.       Open a command prompt on the front-end servers (where the error is occurring) and navigate to the following path:

C: \Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\bin

Once you have arrived at the bin directory, type the following command:

Psconfig –cmd upgrade –inplace b2b –wait -force

Note: Since C: is the default path for the Project Server installation, C: has been used in this example. If a different drive letter has been used, use that drive letter instead.

This process will finalize any updates prior to implementing the fix.

3.       Once this process has completed, open the registry editor

Start=>Run=>Regedit

Once the registry editor has been opened navigate to

HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control

Here it will be necessary to create a new DWORD key with the following value:

ServicesPipeTimeout DWORD 60000 (decimal)

Note: 60000 = 60 Seconds.

4.       Next, look for the WaitToKillServiceTimeout key – take note of its current value – and then change the value to 120000

Note: 120000=120 Seconds.

5.       Reboot the Server.

Test by going to Start=>Run=>services.msc and examining the Microsoft Office ProjectServer Queue Service and Event Service. These services should now show as started, and assuming nothing else is wrong with the environment, the Queue Service should now be able to process jobs. The error messages in the event viewer should also have stopped.

Source: Project Server Blogs

Microsoft Project Server and SharePoint 2007 and 2010 October CU 2011 Announcement

November 25, 2011

The October 2011 Cumulative Updates for Microsoft Project and Project Server 2010 have now been released. The 2007 Server packages that were withdrawn for a short period are now re-built and available.

As always, we want to encourage you to test any CUs with a recent copy of your production database before deploying into production so that we can catch any problems, and fix them, in test before they start impacting a live environment.

For 2010 we should also remind you that we recommend applying Service Pack 1 – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh272536.aspx. This article makes many references to the June CU – the October CU is cumulative so does contain all that was shipped in the June and August CU so if you haven’t installed the June or August CU then you can just install the October CU (and SP1). More details of SP1 can be found at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/project/archive/2011/06/28/announcing-the-release-of-service-pack-1-sp1-for-microsoft-project-and-project-server-2010.aspx and the downloads listed at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2510766. Q&A from the SP1 TechNet webcast can be found at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/brismith/archive/2011/07/11/project-server-2010-sp1-and-june-cu-questions-and-answers.aspx.

So without any further ado, here is the information:

October 2011 CU for Microsoft Project and Project Server 2010

Server Rollup Package(Recommended):

Description of the Project Server 2010 cumulative update package (Project server-package): October 25, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2596506

Individual Project Server Package:

Only required if you do not install the Server Rollup.

Description of the Project Server 2010 hotfix package (Pjsrvwfe-x-none.msp): October 25, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2596498

Project Client Package:

Description of the Project 2010 hotfix package (Project-x-none.msp): October 25, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2596495

More information on deploying the Cumulative Update:

The article below provides information on how to deploy the Project Server Cumulative Update.

Updates for Project Server 2010

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/projectserver/gg176680.aspx

As Project Server 2010 is now based on SharePoint Server 2010 we strongly recommend that you install the Project Server 2010 Server Rollup Package as there are a large number of individual server packages for SharePoint Server. The Project Server 2010 Server Rollup Package contains all the patches released in this Cumulative Update for SharePoint Foundation Server 2010, SharePoint Server 2010 and Project Server 2010.

For those accustomed to Project Server 2007 Cumulative Updates, you should note that the MOSS Server Rollup Package does not contain the Project Server patches. You will need to make sure that you install the MOSS + Project Server Rollup Package (the link is provided below). As in Project Server 2007, the Server Rollup Packages are much larger but they will greatly simplify your Project Server patch deployment.

Client Installation:

Installation of the client patch is straightforward and is the same as it was in Project 2007. The instructions for installing the client patch are below.

NOTE: Microsoft strongly recommends testing within a NON-Production environment prior to rollout.

  1. Download the hotfix from the link in the KB Article.
  2. Extract the patch package by running the .exe file that you downloaded.
  3. Run the extracted .exe file to apply the patch to your Project Professional/Standard client.
August October 2011 CU for Microsoft Office Project and Project Server 2007 (Thanks for spotting the type Alex!)

Server Rollup Packages:

Description of the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 cumulative update server hotfix package (WSS server-package): October 25, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2596541

Description of the Office SharePoint Server 2007 cumulative update package (MOSS server-package): October 25, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2596540

Individual Product Packages:

Description of the Office SharePoint Server 2007 hotfix package (Coreserver-x-none.msp): October 25, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2596536

Description of the Office Project Server 2007 hotfix package (Pjsrvapp-x-none.msp, Pjsrvwfe-x-none.msp): October 25, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2596542

Description of the Office Project 2007 hotfix package (Project-x-none.msp): October 25, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2596533

More information on deploying the Cumulative Update:

The article below provides information on how to deploy the Project Server Cumulative Update.

Deploy cumulative updates (Project Server 2007)

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd239177.aspx

Service Pack 2 for both WSS and Office Servers 2007 are required for this Cumulative Update. The KB articles below provide information on how to download and install SP2 if you have not already done so.  As Service Pack 3 is also now available then you may wish to install this instead and I have included links for both SP2 and SP3 below..

Description of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP2 and of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Language Pack SP2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953338

Description of 2007 Microsoft Office servers Service Pack 2 and of 2007 Microsoft Office servers Language Pack Service Pack 2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953334

Description of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP3 and of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Language Pack SP3

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2526305

Description of the 2007 Office Servers SP3 and of the 2007 Office Servers Language Pack SP3

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2526299

The Server CU is released in two different versions. The first version is in Individual Packages specific to a particular product like WSS and Project Server. These are smaller downloads but they do not include language packs or patches for other products so patches for those products would have to be downloaded and installed separately.

The second version is the Server Rollup Packages. This is a set of two rollup packages which contains all the fixes for WSS, Project Server and MOSS. These packages should be used when MOSS is part of the deployment and/or you have language packs installed. The Server Rollup Packages are much larger but they will greatly simplify MOSS patch deployment.

Client Installation:

In order to install this hotfix, you will need to have Microsoft Project 2007 SP2 installed on the client.  Again, as SP3 is now also available I have included links for both below.

Description of Office Project 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and of Office Project Language Pack 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953326

Description of Office Project 2007 SP3 and of Office Project Language Pack 2007 SP3

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2526091

Once we know that SP2 or SP3 is installed, you will install the hotfix by performing the following steps:

NOTE: Microsoft strongly recommends testing within a NON-Production environment prior to rollout.

  1. Download the hotfix from either the KB Article or by using the information at the end of this email.
  2. Extract the patch package by running the .exe file that you downloaded.
  3. Run the extracted .exe file to apply the patch to your Project Professional/Standard SP1 client.

Feel free to open a support incident at http://support.microsoft.com if you run into any issues with the installation and we will be happy to help!

Gantt Lite and Gantt Pro

October 5, 2011

“Gantt Lite” and “Gantt Pro” are iPhone and iPad App’s that allows Project Managers and Planners to carry Microsoft Project file on their iOS devices. This app provides an interactive way to work on Gantt Chart and also provides a holistic view of the Gantt Chart in the MS Project Plan.

This app has been tested with sample plans from varied industry and geography to ensure the tool works with all kinds of MS Project plans. The App works with MS Project 2010, 2007 and 2003 versions. Please view user documentation and videos for more information on using the App.
 
Salient Features

import plans from Dropbox,email Inbox and iTunes
A Bird’s-eye view of Gantt to provide easy navigation and present a holistic user experience
Calendar View
Critical Path View
Interactive Gantt – Pinch to zoom on the Gantt to change time scales.
import Plans from your Project Server directly using gAppServer plugin
Ability to view MS Project 2010, 2007 and 2003 files
 
Support

Gantt Lite / Pro App Development Team is committed to providing Project Managers with an effective tool. Kindly report any issues at ganttsupport@i2econsulting.com to enable developers fix the issue and provide a defect free tool.

http://www.i2econsulting.com/ganttlite/ganttlite.html

Creating Dashboards for Microsoft Project Server 2010

October 4, 2011

The purpose of this document is to provide sufficient detail to fully design and implement Business Intelligence dashboards that support an Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Solution, which consists primarily of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and Microsoft Project Server 2010. This document also includes detailed steps on how to replicate reports and dashboards that are included in the Project Server 2010 demonstration and evaluation pack that is available on the Microsoft Download Center. The purpose is to help you easily create reports and dashboards for your environment with similar characteristics. For related information, see the Business Intelligence Resource Center for Project Server 2010.

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=26557

Microsoft Project Server 2010 Reporting with Excel Services

October 3, 2011

The purpose of this document is to provide enough detail to be able to create and deploy reports that support the deployment of a Microsoft Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Solution. Microsoft EPM Solution relies on Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 or 2008 R2, Microsoft Project Server 2010, and Microsoft Project Professional 2010. Although each individual component of the solution is well documented on TechNet and MSDN (for Business Intelligence), little documentation exists, as of today, that describes a step-by-step approach to building reports specific to Project Server 2010 data with Excel and Excel Services. For related information, see the Business Intelligence Resource Center for Project Server 2010.

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=26556

Announcing The Release Of Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Microsoft Project and Project Server 2010

September 28, 2011

Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Microsoft Project Standard 2010, Microsoft Project Professional 2010 and Microsoft Project Server 2010 has been released to the Microsoft Download Center. SP1 contains a number of products updates based on customer feedback, as described in this announcement last May:  Announcing Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Project & Project Server 2010.

Before you install SP1 it is essential that you understand its content described in the links below, and thoroughly read the guidance documented on TechNet and test out SP1 in a separate environment prior to a production rollout.

The following TechNet article provides information on how to deploy Microsoft Project and Project Server 2010 SP1: Deploy Service Pack 1 for Project Server 2010.

We strongly recommend that you deploy the June 2011 Cumulative Update for Microsoft Project and Project Server 2010 when you install SP1. You can download the June 2011 Cumulative Update from the KB Articles from the links below:

The following TechNet article provides information on how to deploy Project Server Cumulative Updates: Updates for Project Server 2010

There will be a webcast on July 6th, 2011 at 8:00 am Pacific Time to give an overview of this Service Pack (which will be recorded for later viewing): TechNet Webcast: Information about Project 2010 and Project Server 2010 Service Pack 1 (Level 200). Please check out these posts for additional SP1 production information: Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 1 Availability and Service Pack 1 for SharePoint 2010 Products is Now Available for Download.

Microsoft Project Server and SharePoint 2007 and 2010 August CU 2011 Announcement

September 20, 2011

The August 2011 Cumulative Updates for Microsoft Project and Project Server 2010 have now been released.  *** Update 9/7/2011 – rollup package now posted **** We did find a late issue with the SharePoint Foundation CU during our testing which we have identified and will need to re-build.  This does however mean that the server rollup patches will be delayed too – as they contain the SharePoint Foundation bits.  The current estimate is that these rollup packages will be available late next week.  The server rollup patch is the preferred patch because it contains the fixes for all of the server technologies used by Project Server 2010  The individual server patch is available should you need an August fix for Project Server before next week.  It should also allow you to start testing the Project specific fixes right away. 

This delay does not affect the August 2011 Cumulative Update for Project and Project Server 2007.

As always, we want to encourage you to test any CUs with a recent copy of your production database before deploying into production so that we can catch any problems, and fix them, in test before they start impacting a live environment.

We should also remind you that we recommend applying Service Pack 1 – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh272536.aspx.  This article makes many references to the June CU – the August CU is cumulative so does contain all that was shipped in the June CU so if you haven’t installed the June CU then you can just install the August CU (and SP1).  More details of SP1 can be found at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/project/archive/2011/06/28/announcing-the-release-of-service-pack-1-sp1-for-microsoft-project-and-project-server-2010.aspx and the downloads listed at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2510766.  Q&A from the SP1 TechNet webcast can be found at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/brismith/archive/2011/07/11/project-server-2010-sp1-and-june-cu-questions-and-answers.aspx.

So without any further ado, here is the information:

August 2011 CU for Microsoft Project and Project Server 2010

Server Rollup Package(Recommended):

(ETA 9/9/2011)

Description of the SharePoint Server 2010 and Project Server 2010 Cumulative Update Server Hotfix Package (MOSS server-package, Project server-package): August 30, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2553049

Individual Project Server Package:

Only required if you do not install the Server Rollup.

Description of the Project Server 2010 hotfix package (pjsrvwfe-x-none.msp): August 30, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2553047

Project Client Package:

Description of the Project 2010 hotfix package (project-x-none.msp): August 30, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2584056

More information on deploying the Cumulative Update:

The article below provides information on how to deploy the Project Server Cumulative Update.

Updates for Project Server 2010

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/projectserver/gg176680.aspx

As Project Server 2010 is now based on SharePoint Server 2010 we strongly recommend that you install the Project Server 2010 Server Rollup Package as there are a large number of individual server packages for SharePoint Server. The Project Server 2010 Server Rollup Package contains all the patches released in this Cumulative Update for SharePoint Foundation Server 2010, SharePoint Server 2010 and Project Server 2010.

For those accustomed to Project Server 2007 Cumulative Updates, you should note that the MOSS Server Rollup Package does not contain the Project Server patches. You will need to make sure that you install the MOSS + Project Server Rollup Package (the link is provided below). As in Project Server 2007, the Server Rollup Packages are much larger but they will greatly simplify your Project Server patch deployment.

Client Installation:

Installation of the client patch is straightforward and is the same as it was in Project 2007. The instructions for installing the client patch are below.

NOTE: Microsoft strongly recommends testing within a NON-Production environment prior to rollout.

  1. Download the hotfix from the link in the KB Article.
  2. Extract the patch package by running the .exe file that you downloaded.
  3. Run the extracted .exe file to apply the patch to your Project Professional/Standard client.

August 2011 CU for Microsoft Office Project and Project Server 2007

Server Rollup Packages:

Description of the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 cumulative update package (WSS server-package): August 30, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2553022

Description of the Office SharePoint Server 2007 cumulative update package (MOSS server-package): August 30, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2553020

Individual Product Packages:

Description of the Office SharePoint Server 2007 hotfix package (sts-x-none.msp): August 30, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2553019

Description of the Office Project Server 2007 hotfix package (pjsrvapp-x-none.msp, pjsrvwfe-x-none.msp): August 30, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2553024

Description of the Office Project 2007 hotfix package (project-x-none.msp):August 30, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2553105

More information on deploying the Cumulative Update:

The article below provides information on how to deploy the Project Server Cumulative Update.

Deploy cumulative updates (Project Server 2007)

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd239177.aspx

Service Pack 2 for both WSS and Office Servers 2007 are required for this Cumulative Update. The KB articles below provide information on how to download and install SP2 if you have not already done so.

Description of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP2 and of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Language Pack SP2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953338

Description of 2007 Microsoft Office servers Service Pack 2 and of 2007 Microsoft Office servers Language Pack Service Pack 2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953334

The Server CU is released in two different versions. The first version is in Individual Packages specific to a particular product like WSS and Project Server. These are smaller downloads but they do not include language packs or patches for other products so patches for those products would have to be downloaded and installed separately.

The second version is the Server Rollup Packages. This is a set of two rollup packages which contains all the fixes for WSS, Project Server and MOSS. These packages should be used when MOSS is part of the deployment and/or you have language packs installed. The Server Rollup Packages are much larger but they will greatly simplify MOSS patch deployment.

Client Installation:

In order to install this hotfix, you will need to have Microsoft Project 2007 SP2 installed on the client.

Description of Office Project 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and of Office Project Language Pack 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953326

Once we know that SP2 is installed, you will install the hotfix by performing the following steps:

NOTE: Microsoft strongly recommends testing within a NON-Production environment prior to rollout.

  1. Download the hotfix from either the KB Article or by using the information at the end of this email.
  2. Extract the patch package by running the .exe file that you downloaded.
  3. Run the extracted .exe file to apply the patch to your Project Professional/Standard SP1 client.

Feel free to open a support incident at http://support.microsoft.com if you run into any issues with the installation and we will be happy to help!

Project 2010 TechCenters on TechNet refreshed

September 7, 2011

It’s our pleasure to present you refreshed versions of our one-stop technical resources related to

Upgrade and Migration to Project 2010 – http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9676814

Business Intelligence for Project 2010 – http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9726143

These centers are part of the Project Server 2010 TechNet TechCenter http://technet.microsoft.com/projectserver/ee263909.aspx and their concept is to collect relevant information in one place and to give end-to-end information from getting started quickly to deep dive.

Q&A

Q: How about Demand Management and Portfolio Strategy?

A: We are working on Demand Management Center that will became one stop for information about Demand Management, Portfolio Strategy, including technicalities, like building custom Demand Management Infrastructure – including workflow. This center will live on the Project Server 2010 Center on TechNet – ttp://technet.microsoft.com/projectserver/ee263909.aspx and will be available in few weeks.

Q: I’m a developer, what’s in there for me?

A: Many of included links include pure developer resources. We have decided not to fragment the resources between TechNet and MSDN – that’s why you might find also developer-related link to MSDN content in the above TechCenters.

Other Publicly Available Project 2010 Resources

Product information and trial download

End-User Product Help

Interactive content – Videos/Sessions/Webcasts

IT Professional related – TechNet

Developer related – MSDN

Project & Project Server 2010 Demo Image

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