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March, 2009

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    Project Server 2007: Cumulative Update for February 2009


    The Cumulative Updates for February 2009 for both the Office server and client components are now available (well it is only Feb 41st :))  Thanks Rob for putting these details together.  I will have another posting shortly which explains the deployment process you should adopt with the new server rollup packages first introduced in December.  Here are the February Cumulative update details:-

    You can read about the fixes included in the February CU Server Rollup Packages from the following articles:

    Description of the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 cumulative update package: February 24, 2009

    Description of the SharePoint Server 2007 cumulative update package (MOSS server-package): February 24, 2009

    Note:  The Project 2007 client patch is not included in the Server Rollup Packages so you will need to deploy the individual client patch.

    These KB Articles list the fixes included in the Individual Cumulative Update Package for Project Server and Project 2007:

    Description of the Project Server 2007 hotfix package : February 24, 2009

    Description of the Project 2007 hotfix package (Project.msp): February 24, 2009

    Note:  KB Articles may not be released at the time of the CU release but we should see then publically available within a week or two of the CU release.

    At the time of writing, 7am PST on 3/13/09 only the first KB listed above gives a good link and I would urge you to wait and see what is fixed before loading.  But if you are too impatient and want to test these out in a non-production system (which you always do – right?) then using links like the following will get you to the downloads.  This one is for KB961756 – so substitute any of the other KB numbers above to get to others.

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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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    Project Server 2007: Deploying Cumulative Updates


    Thanks again to Rob for putting these words together on the different versions of packages in the cumulative updates – specifically describing the additional options available since the December 2008 Cumulative Updates which introduced the server rollup packages.  Over to Rob:

    The Server CU is released in two different versions.  The first version is in Individual Packages specific to a particular product like WSS, Project Server and MOSS.  If you do not have MOSS installed and have already installed the Infrastructure Update for Office Servers then you can download and install these individual packages.

    The second version is the Server Rollup Packages.  This is a set of two uber-packages which contains all the fixes for WSS, Project Server and MOSS.  These packages should be used when MOSS is part of the deployment or Infrastructure Update has not been deployed to the server environment.  The Server Rollup Packages are much larger (~200MB each) but they will greatly simplify MOSS patch deployment.

    The Server Rollup Packages include all of the fixes included in the Infrastructure Update so installing these packages will allow you to skip the added step of deploying the Infrastructure Update.  The Infrastructure Update only needs to be installed once so this will not be a consideration for deployments that already have the Infrastructure Update installed.

    More general information and links regarding Project Server Cumulative Updates and their deployment can be found at

    At the time of writing the February update is the latest and more details are in the post at

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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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    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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