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Project Server 2007 - Common installation problems

Project Server 2007 - Common installation problems

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These are probably repeats for many of you reading - but based on personal experience there are still some people that haven't got these messages:-

  1. If you are going to run Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 on the same farm then ALL servers need both sets of bits loaded - and preferably Office SharePoint Server loaded first.  Failure to do this will probably first be seen when provisioning fails for your PWA sites.  You don't have to run all the services on all the servers - but you just can't have a "Project Server" in a farm of SharePoint servers.
  2. If you do a one-click installation of Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 (either using the Basic option, or then Advanced and Stand-alone) and then can't find your databases then chances are they are in a SQL Server 2005 instance called <machinename>\OFFICESERVERS.  The one-click doesn't allow you to choose your database server - it creates a SQL Server 2005 Express Edition instance for you.  If this isn't what you want then best to uninstall and try again - this time using the Advanced, and then Complete - which does allow you to select your SQL Server.  This will still permit you to have everything on a single stand-alone server - but with the SQL Server of your choice.

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  • Hi Ron,

    What version is already in place?  You might need a support incident to help you get this resolved as I( don't have an answer off the top of my head.

    Best regards,


  • Brian,

    Good morning... I hope you had a great holiday. :) Just wanted to check in and see if you had a moment to review my question (3 posts up)? I'm really hitting a dead-end, and would really appreciate any guidance you could provide.



  • Hi BillV,

    I haven't tried this with 3rd party providers - but can you connect if you create a profile/account that has the right "forms name" already entered?  If so, and this is the default I'dhave thought this should work.

    Best regards,


  • Brian,

    I'm looking for information on cross-version compatibility of Project 2007 SPxyz / CUxyz vs. Project Server SPxyz / CU xyz.

    It appears that a Project Client 2007 RTM can work ok with a Project Server 2007 SP2 + CU Oct 2009, but I cannot find any hard info on that. Do you have any pointers?

  • We installed project server and pwa 2007, set up the server connection under Tools, Enterprise Options.

    However, I am unable to get a test project to publish to project server because the Publish button under File is greyed out and these other options under Tools -> Enterprise Options are greyed out:

    Open Enterprise Global

    Open Enterprise Resource Pool

    Import Project to Enterprise

    Import Resources to Enterprise

    Thanks for your suggestion.

  • Hi Jojo,

    Does the status of your Project Server actually say connected?  Can you save and open from the server but just not publish?  If so then what user permissions do you have?  If you are not seeing any connectivity to the server then I would check that either the connection you created is the default, or you check the option to allow the choice of connection.

    Best regards,


  • Brian,

    The connection was the problem. The Enterprise options are now working.

    Do you know of a great book on Project Server 2007 installation you can recommend?

  • Hi Jojo,

    I don't have a specific one - as I worked on the beta team for 2007 and now 2010 I have installed more times than I care to remember, so reading a book on it would not be good bedtime reading for me.  We have some walk through videos on at, and my colleague Christophe has made some recommendations on his blog - just knowing the authors I'd give a call out for the ones Gary Chefetz mentions, and the QuantumpM publications.

    Hope this helps,


  • I´m having this strange problem, where going to Project->Project Info, on windows vista + ms project 2007 + sp2, the users cannot pick/view the custom fields, on that - "Project Info" window.

    You can releate to this url, for screen shoots:



  • Hi Duarte,

    I haven't seen this specific issue.  I know there have been problems with lookup table values not being correct, related to local cache problems - but this feels more like a platform problem.  Probably need a support incident to get to the bottom of this one, but worth loading the latest CU for Project Professional first, and cleaning the local cache - just in case.

    Best regards,


  • Brian,

    I agree that it should work... I have been trying to work with Microsoft to resolve this; evidently the client (Project 2007 Professional) is not aware (or able) to pass the client's certificate as authentication. I keep receiving the error (bad username/ password) when trying to configure the client, even though I put the CustomMembershipProvider:name in the username field...

    Just wanted to see if you had any other thoughts on this... Microsoft tried to point me to a cumulative update (released in April of 2009) as a potential long-shot solution; I think that is where Microsoft fixed this problem with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Office 2007.

    Thanks again,


  • Brian, a follow-up to Bill's lastest.  I have installed Project Server 2007 and have set up the PWA site to require Client Certificates, as PKI certs are the only approved method for authenication at my firm.  We have client cert mapping to Active Directory enable in IIS.  Going to the PWA site through IE works fine, however when I try to connect through Project 2007 Prof, it prompts me for a cert, then errors out with bad username/password.  Can you not authenicate through Project to Project Server using just client PKI certificates?  Thanks for any help.

    - Ed

  • I'm new to Project Server 2007.  

    I just installed Project Server 2007 SP2 w/April 2010 CU, MOSS 2007 SP2

    w/April 2010 CU and WSS 3.0 SP2 w/April 2010 CU on a Windows 2008 R2 server.

    All is well... Project Server website loads,  I've added a few co-workers as


    When one of the Admins publishes a project,  we are not able to view it in

    the Project Center.   Mind you, the couple users that are setup are Admins.  

    The Catagories and Groups are still the default, which means Administrators

    and Executives have the ability to View Projects in Project Center.

    This is the message we get:

    Project Center cannot access the project(s) you are trying to view. It is

    most likely that you either don't have permissions to view the project,

    another user has deleted this project(s) before you were able to view it or

    that another user is in the process of publishing the project.

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