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April, 2009

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    Project Server 2007: Actual work in My Tasks changes after adding non-work time in My Timesheet


    *** Update 3/19/2010 *** Thanks for the reminder TAE.  We actually resolved this with a fix rather than accepting it was 'by design.  It is in the latest CU (Feb 2010) but I think came out last year in Oct or Dec CU originally ***

    This is an issue you may come across depending on your specific workflow for time reporting and statusing.  The scenario is that you enter time for a project task through My Tasks and save, and then in My Timesheet you add some time to a non-work category of Administrative time such as Sick – or any non-work item - for the same day.  The issue shows up instantly if the category does not need approval and results in a change to the actual work value entered.  There will be a KB article coming shortly and I’ll update this posting once it is available.

    The reason this happens is that the non-working time entered in the timesheet is entered into the resources calendar as a calendar exception – making them unavailable for work for a period of the day, resulting in a change in the entered actual work for the same day.  If the admin time is entered first, or the timesheet data is imported into my tasks then this behavior can be avoided.  The problem is that the data goes in just for the day and not in a specific time-span, meaning you may get an overlap of your time entered and your non-working time – even if the total is still within the number of hours you normally work.  You can also see this in Project Professional if you add a calendar exception where there is already actual work entered, but in Pro it is a little more obvious what is going on and easier to correct.

    Sorry if this unusual behavior causes you some issues – but hopefully the workarounds and understanding of why it does what it does will make things easier for you.

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    Project Server 2007: Service Pack 2 (SP2) is now available!


    Rather than repeat everything – Christophe has a great posting with all the links!

    I will just remind you of the Webcasts tomorrow (29th) and Thursday (30th) - I  encourage everyone to attend the Project 2007 Service Pack 2 Overview webcast scheduled for April 29 at 8 am Pacific Time, and April 30 at 5 pm Pacific Time (webcast details are posted on EPMConnect). Adrian Jenkins and Christophe Fiessinger will cover the following topics during the webcast: SP2 Overview, April Cumulative Update Overview, Deployment Best Practices, Next Steps, Questions and Answers.

    Another part of the SP2 announcement to highlight is around requirements for the next release of SharePoint and Project Server: Windows Server 2008 and 64 bit. We will be publishing guidance on how to upgrade your existing Project Server 2007 farm to Windows Server 2008 64 bit in the coming weeks on TechNet. Expect full system requirements for Project Server 2010 at a latter date.

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    MSBlogs – Directory covering all different Microsoft technologies


    As Project uses an extensive range of Microsoft technologies many of you will often need information on SQL Server, SharePoint, Windows Server and beyond.  A great source of blog sites covering virtually all Microsoft technologies is  I’ve also added a link to my site – so if you read this and forget the URL, then go to the links rather than searching for this posting.  Another great resource on this same site is a directory of free downloads and free online services from Microsoft -  I left the word “free” out of my title to avoid spam filtering of my RSS feed, but have probably used the word too often and this might end up there anyway.

    Thanks to Daniel Good for this really excellent resource!

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    Project Server 2007: Service pack 2 (SP2) Webcasts


     *** Update *** Now available -  

    Next week, on April 28th,  Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Office System – including Project and Project Server 2007 will be released, along with SP2 for all the other office applications, including Office SharePoint Server and also WSS.  We have a couple of webcasts organized on the morning of the 29th and the evening of the 30th which hopefully allow us to cover most time zones.  Join Adrian Jenkins and Christophe Fiessinger as they give an overview of this important release, best practices for deployment and also time for questions and answers.  As a reminder the key fixes in this release will be:

    Project (desktop)

    • The scheduling engine, Active Cache, and Gantt charts all have improvements.
    • There is additional reliability with earlier versions of the .mpp format.

    Project Server

    • Better memory management in the queue service.
    • Performance to certain database table indexes is improved.
    • Resource plans, build team, cost resources, and the server scheduling engine have improved.

    Details of the webcasts follow:

    Please note we will deliver the same webcast twice to accommodate different time zones, we will also record these webcast and will make them available on EPMConnect:

    • Wednesday April 29, from 8-9 am Pacific Time
    • Thursday April 30, from 5-6 pm Pacific Time

    Webcast Details

    April 29 – 8-9am Pacific Time
    April 30 – 5-6pm Pacific Time

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    Meeting ID: OEM042PM
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    Requirements for Attending this Event
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    Project Developer Center Portal redesigned!


    Take a look at the new Project Developer Center portal - your one stop shop for all things development around Project and Project Server.  Great work Jim, Verna and the crew!  The Office Developer Center, SharePoint Server have already had the makeover and other office applications will be following.

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