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March, 2009

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    Project Server Learning Opportunities: TechEd 09 and EPMU


    Re-posting with permission from Jan at and Christophe at

    TechEd North America 2009?

    TechEd North America 2009 is just around the corner on May 11-15, Los Angeles, CA; please find below the EPM content that will be delivered:

    OFC407 Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 Performance Testing and Capacity Planning Michael Jordan Microsoft Consulting Services completed a series of tests to produce a white paper on capacity planning on Microsoft Project Server 2007. Providing recommendations and guidelines about how to plan for capacity and how to size a Project Server 2007 environment, requires a systematic testing approach and thorough data analysis. This session discusses how we ran the performance tests for Project Server 2007 using Visual Studio Team System 2008 Test Edition, the results from our performance labs, and the capacity planning recommendations and guidelines that we extrapolated from these results and from numerous customer deployments.
    OFC306 How to Configure an Innovation Process Management Solution Using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Enterprise Project Management 2007
    Ben Chamberlain, Jan Kalis
    In today's fast-paced global economy, innovation is the key to the next big breakthrough in products, services, and processes. However, businesses are often challenged with facilitating innovation due to governance, technical and other logistical pitfalls. The Microsoft Innovation Process Management (IPM) Solution is built on the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, and the Microsoft Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Solution, enabling organizations to: - Capture ideas from anyone within the organization - Develop business cases for each idea - Gather community feedback and ratings - Run portfolio analytics to select the best ideas - Successfully execute the resulting project This session covers the procedure and best practices to implement, deploy and customize the IPM solution.
    OFC03-TLC Integrating Application Lifecycle Management and Project Portfolio Management
    Ben Chamberlain, Jan Kalis
    Integrating Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and Project Portfolio Management (PPM) processes helps to improve visibility across the entire application development lifecycle, empowering project managers and developers to follow their own methodologies yet be seamlessly connected with each other. The Microsoft Enterprise PM Solution and Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Sever are already used by many organizations to support PPM and ALM processes. Integrating these tools allows the development team to work in a familiar environment, maximizing productivity and focusing on quality, while ensuring all required data is provided to the project manager and stakeholders to facilitate enterprise resource management and reporting. Attend this session to understand how integrating the Microsoft Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Solution with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server helps: • Executives to invest in project portfolios that align with strategic priorities • To standardize the collection of project and maintenance requests across the organization • Connect project and development teams • Developers and testers focus on quality without being over burdened with administrative tasks • Facilitate enterprise reporting and control across the portfolio

    We will also have a dedicated EPM booth/kiosk staffed by product experts to answer your questions and demo our products and solutions so don’t be shy and swing by! We look forward to see you in LA in May.

    Do you EPMU?

    Microsoft EPM University offers a comprehensive 4 to 5 days educational package for customers and partners who want to quickly ramp-up with EPM solution via rich instructor led online experience.

    The courses are designed to build and enhance the required knowledge to successfully plan, deploy, configure and extend Microsoft Office EPM solution. You can review course details, schedules and register for the course of your choice. The courses currently being offered are:

    You get access to EPMU’s virtual classroom environment that includes a professional instructor and hosted computer environment to run your labs on.

    Check out the schedule and  be sure to register soon to get a spot in the class! The very last class begins in June 2009!

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    A New Kid on the Block – but what ate his cat?


    Well new to blogging anyway.  Doug McCutcheon has joined the realm of Project bloggers with particular focus on our partner community.  Welcome Doug, go visit his blog and perhaps we’ll even find out what ate his cat???

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    Project Server 2007: Another great reason to load the February Cumulative Update!


    I’ve posted this as an update on my December Cumulative Update article, but think it worth posting afresh too.  Thanks Shazeb for bringing to my attention.

    If you are running MOSS with Project you should NOT load the December CU for MOSS as it has been withdrawn because of a search issue that is resolved in the February CU. 

    For full details of the issue please see and for details of the Feb CU see

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    New Colo(u)rs and a New Map!


    I had a change around over the weekend and moved away from my blatant copy of Keith Comb’s site and got my own identity.  Basically still mostly copied from Keith (thanks Keith) – but with some new colors.  I’ll get around to updating my picture too – perhaps some spring flowers?

    Also changed today is the map, as Worldmaps has moved I am moving with them and starting afresh.  For anyone interested in stats for the last 7 months - my most Westerly reader was in Kauai, Hawaii, most Northerly in Boden, Sweden, Easterly in Suva, Fiji and Southerly in Dunedin, New Zealand.  5% of my readers are within 100 miles, and 88% over 1000 miles away!

    The location that most confused me was the strong readership in the Isle of Man, which is an Island in the Irish Sea and part of the U.K. It is a big tourism and finance center (motorcycle fans have probably heard of it).  I assumed the Isle was totally populated with project managers – until I realized the .IM internet domain suffix owned by the Isle of Man probably has a life beyond the Irish Sea…

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    Project Server 2007: Cumulative Updates Update


    I’ve answered a few comments on recent blog postings on the recent CU release, but thought I’d post again to clear up any misunderstandings.

    • Since December all CUs are included the Infrastructure Update
      • WSS CU contains its update
      • Project Server CU contains its update
      • MOSS Server is the name of the server rollup – and contains the SharePoint and Project Server update, but NOT WSS.  I’ve suggested MOSS Server package may not be the best name – watch this space.
    • You only need to load SP1 and the latest CU (Both WSS and either Project Server or MOSS Server recommended)
    • There was a client/server dependency introduced earlier in the product lifecycle post SP1 so you should also load the client CU for Project.
      • Specific details of this dependency - There was a change to both the client and server scheduling engine that requires that you be at a certain hotfix level for both the client and the server.  These versions are 952000 for the Server and 952067 for the client.  If your hotfix number is greater than this then you should be fine.  Additionally, these fixes were included in both the Infrastructure Update and every subsequent CU that has been released so you will be fine if you have any one of these installed for both the client and the server.
    • At the time of writing Project is not listed in the overall Office KB article for the February Cumulative Update – this is an omission and is being corrected.

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