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May, 2010

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    Blog Platform Upgrade 16th to 24th May 2010

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    From this Sunday, 16th May, the TechNet and MSDN blogging platform that this and many of your other favourites are  on is getting an upgrade.  The main impact on readers is not being able to leave comments. The e-mail contact should still work – but as always, I don’t always keep right up to date with the e-mail feed.  You will see some new posts on the blogs if writers have set publish dates in the future, but I tend to go live when I write – so don’t expect any new things next week.  To keep up with progress, and also see what will be changing, see Sean Jenkin’s blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/seanjenkin/.  I’ll probably come back on line with the default MSDN look and feel, and then get creative and perhaps bring the humming birds back later.

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    Project Server 2010: RTM SDK Released–Also SharePoint 2010 SDK

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    Great work Jim, and the rest of the contributors to the Project Server 2010 Software Development Kit (SDK).  One of my favorite additions uses the new slicer feature of Excel 2010 to help you understand what is in the Reporting Database (RDB).  This was thanks to Treb, and as an example, if you just want to see what date fields are in the MSP_EpmProject table:

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    How easy can it get?  To summarize all the other good stuff:

    The Microsoft Project 2010 SDK helps solution providers, value-added resellers, and other developers learn about new features in the Project 2010 client applications and the Project Server 2010 platform. The Project 2010 SDK shows how to extend and integrate Project Standard, Project Professional, and Project Server with other applications for enterprise project management (EPM). It features conceptual and "How to" articles, sample code, and programming references for the Project 2010 clients and Project Server 2010.
    The pj14sdk.exe download includes two help files: pj14SDK.chm (conceptual topics and managed code reference), and pj14_ReportingDB.chm (the Reporting database schema reference). Additional references for reporting include the OLAP cube schema reference (OLAPCubeSchemas2010.xlsx) and a pivot table to help select fields in the Reporting database (RDB_Field_Selector.xlsx). The WINPROJ.DEV.hxs file is an update for VBA Help in Project Professional and Project Standard, along with instructions for installation. The SDK download also includes the default Project Guide files, the XML schema for Project 2010, and the XML schema for the ChangeXML parameter for Statusing methods in the Project Server Interface (PSI).
    To help in developing with the PSI, the SDK download includes source files, scripts, and instructions to compile and update a proxy assembly for both the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) interface and the ASMX (web services) interface of the PSI. In addition, updated XML files for Microsoft Intellisense include descriptions for many of the PSI types and members.
    Code samples in the SDK download include the following Microsoft Visual Studio solutions that relate to topics in the SDK:

    • CustomizeProjectCenter modifies the ribbon for the Project Center page in Project Web App and shows how to access data and events in the JS Grid.
    • WCFImpersonationTest_VS9 shows how to use impersonation with the WCF interface of the PSI.
    • RibbonAddIn includes both Microsoft Visual C# solutions and Visual Basic solutions that add a custom tab and command to the Project 2010 ribbon.
    • WCFHelloProject includes solutions that configure the WCF settings programmatically and by using an app.config file.
    • BranchingWorkflow creates a simple Project Server workflow.
    • SampleProposal2duplicates the Sample Proposal workflow that is installed with Project Server 2010.
    • CustomActivityWorkflow shows how to create a custom workflow activity and how to use the custom activity in a Project Server workflow.

    Project 2010 SDK Download - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=46007f25-b44e-4aa6-80ff-9c0e75835ad9&displaylang=en

    Online (could be more up to date) - Project 2010 SDK in the MSDN Library

    Online SharePoint 2010 SDK - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee557253(office.14).aspx  Just a reminder, although details are given for loading SharePoint 2010 on to Windows 7 for a developer workstation scenario, this is not supported or possible for Project Server 2010.  Sure someone will try and prove me wrong – but not on the ‘supported’ bit.

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    Project Server 2010: TechNet Project Server TechCenter Updated

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    I’m really pleased with the amount of content we already have available, and have had available during the Beta.  yesterday saw the update of the Project Server 2010 TechCenter at http://technet.com/projectserver.  An excellent job by our UA team – well done Efren, Mike and Rob!  Subscribe to the blog at http://blogs.technet.com/epmcontent/ to keep up to date on the new content as it comes along.  Here are some words from Rob on the current content:

    Current available content for RTM (with much more to come in the coming months):

    Product evaluation:

    · What's New for IT pros in Project Server 2010
    This article provides a brief overview of the new main features and capabilities that are included in Microsoft Project Server 2010.

    · TechNet Webcast: Overview of Microsoft Project Server 2010 for IT professionals
    This Webcast discusses Microsoft Project Server 2010 features, requirements, and deployment considerations that IT professionals need to know about the product.

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    Planning and architecture:

    Deployment:

    • Deploy Project Server 2010 to a server farm environment
      This series of articles describes the steps necessary to install Microsoft Project Server 2010 in a server farm environment. This includes installing and configuring Project Server, creating a Microsoft Project Web App site, and configuring reporting.
    • Deploy Project Server 2010 to a test environment
      This series of articles describes deploying a test installation of Microsoft Project Server 2010 in a virtual environment. The purpose of this series is as follows:
    • Install Project Server 2010 to a stand-alone computer
      Microsoft Project Server 2010 can be installed in a stand-alone configuration that uses Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express. This configuration is useful for demonstration, but should not be used for a production environment.
    • TechNet Webcast: Project Server 2010 upgrade and migration
      This Microsoft TechNet Webcast discusses Microsoft Project Server 2010 features, requirements, and deployment considerations that IT professionals need to know about.
    • In-place upgrade to Project Server 2010
      This article describes the process of doing an in-place upgrade from Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 to Project Server 2010Project Server 2010.
    • Database-attach full upgrade to Project Server 2010
      This article describes how to do a database-attach full upgrade to Project Server 2010, in which you back up the required databases in the old farm and then restore them in the new farm.
    • Database-attach core upgrade to Project Server 2010
      This article describes how to do a database-attach core upgrade to Project Server 2010, in which you are basically using backup copies of your Office Project Server 2007 databases that contain your project data.
    • Upgrade to Project Server 2010 from Project Server 2003
      This series of articles provides information and procedures about how to migrate from Microsoft Office Project Server 2003 to Project Server 2010.
    • Configure Project Server 2010 to work with Exchange Server 2007 R2
      This article describes how to configure integration with Exchange Server 2007 SP2, enabling Project Server 2010 users to view Project Server tasks in Microsoft Outlook. This functionality replaces the Outlook Add-in task status reporting functionality for non-time–phased tasks that is available in previous versions of Project Server.
    • Configure Project Server 2010 to work with Exchange Server 2010
      This article describes how to configure integration with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, which enables Microsoft Project Server 2010 users to view Project Server tasks in Microsoft Outlook. This functionality replaces the Outlook Add-in task status reporting functionality for non-time–phased tasks that is available in previous versions of Project Server.

    Operations:

    • Back up and restore databases (Project Server 2010)
      This chapter covers backing up and restoring databases, including the prerequisites for performing these tasks.
    • Project backup and recovery (Project Server 2010)
      This chapter covers backup and recovery operations for Microsoft Project Server 2010, including migrating a Project Web App instance and backing up and restoring a Project Server farm.
    • Manage security in Project Server 2010
      Microsoft Project Server 2010 security is based on users, groups, and categories. Groups contain sets of users who need to access the same set of data in the same way. Categories provide access to projects and resources based on parameters that you define.
    • OLAP database management (Project Server 2010)
      Through Microsoft Project Web App (PWA), multiple OLAP databases can be delivered that contain the specific resources, projects, and custom fields that each group within your organization requires for its particular group reporting needs.

    Technical Reference:

    • Windows PowerShell for Project Server 2010
      Windows PowerShell can be used with Microsoft Project Server 2010 to perform both simple and complex administrative tasks.
    • System Center Operations Manager knowledge articles (Project Server 2010)
      The articles in this section are knowledge articles for the Microsoft Project Server 2010 management pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007. Typically, you would encounter one of these articles after clicking a link in an alert in the Operations Manager console. You can use these articles to help you troubleshoot and resolve problems in Project Server 2010.
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    Project Server 2010: Today is the day! Virtual Launch

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    Join us at www.the2010event.com to see how Project 2010, built on SharePoint 2010, offers flexibility and choice by providing tailored work management solutions for individuals, teams, and the enterprise. See on-demand sessions led by customers, partners and Microsoft product teams, and participate in live Q&As and blogs.

    *** Update *** The links were originally reversed. The server link is the 332 one – and on first!

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    Project Server

    May 12, 2010

    2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. PDT

    5:30 p.m. EDT

    Live Q&A - Project Server 2010: Project & Portfolio Management

    http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/2010launch/en-us/Pages/sessiondetail.aspx?sessionid=332

    Project Professional 2010

    May 12, 2010

    3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. PDT

    6:30 p.m. EDT

    Live Q&A - Project Professional 2010 – Fresh, Simple and Intuitive

    http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/2010launch/en-us/Pages/sessiondetail.aspx?sessionid=331

    Also here is a link to an event schedule – it too will be working soon…

    http://download.microsoft.com/download/0/5/F/05FF69ED-6F8F-4357-863B-12E27D6F1115/Live Q&A Event Schedule.pdf

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    Project Server 2010: Demo Virtual Machines

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    A couple of useful references from the other Project blogs:

    http://blogs.msdn.com/chrisfie/archive/2010/05/08/microsoft-project-server-2010-rtm-demo-virtual-machine-is-ready-for-download.aspx details the SharePoint Server 2010 and the upcoming (soon – if you are reading this on the day of posting) Project Server 2010 installation pack.  Go get the SharePoint main image today – and then Project can just be added as a small download.  Get you HyperV hosting machine ready today.

    To help you understand the installation process of this Virtual Image please attend (or review the on-demand recording after the event) tomorrow - http://blogs.msdn.com/project_programmability/archive/2010/05/10/upcoming-webcast-project-2010-virtual-image-getting-started-quickly.aspx

    The installation of SharePoint Server 2010 and Project Server 2010 is reasonably straightforward – thanks to the Pre-Requisites installer – but these demonstration Virtual Machines give you an even easier introduction to the 2010 Server family.

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