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Project Server 2010: SP1 and June CU Questions and Answers

Project Server 2010: SP1 and June CU Questions and Answers

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Firstly I should announce that the ‘refreshed’ version of the June 2011 Cumulative Updates are now live on the support site.  If you downloaded an earlier version then please get the latest – same URLs, but you will see a revised date (for example on the Project Server 2010 server package that also includes SharePoint Foundation and SharePoint Server http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2536600 you will now see “Article ID: 2536600 - Last Review: July 11, 2011 - Revision: 4.0” and the Note: This is build 14.0.6106.5002 of the cumulative update package.  The fixes over and above the original CU are the first two of the “Known Issues” posted on the KB article itself:

Known issue 1
If you install an earlier build of this hotfix package on a SharePoint server that has .NET 4.0 installed, you cannot synchronize user profiles from AD and LDAP into the SharePoint User Profile Service application database. The user profile synchronization export process fails. Additionally, the System.PlatformNotSupportedException exception shows in Event Viewer.
Note This issue is fixed in build 14.0.6106.5002 of this hotfix package

Known issue 2

After you install an earlier build of this hotfix package, the following services may fail at either runtime or the provision process if you run these services by using a user account other than the farm administrator account:

  • Session State Service
  • Secure Store Service
  • Business Data Connectivity (BDC) Service

Note This issue is fixed in build 14.0.6106.5002 of this hotfix package.

and the third is one mentioned by Adrian in our Project Server 2010 Service Pack 1 and June Cumulative Update webcast https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032487727&CountryCode=US regarding Fix 30793 – When saving a timesheet (also creating), custom field values for *other* timesheets are deleted.

*** Update 8/26 - Just noticed that for the single Project Server package http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2536586 still says the original release number of 14.0.6106.5001, but I checked and the actual download you will get is the latest - 14.0.6106.5002.  I have asked for the article to be updated.  Also noticed that the package referenced above has the KB showing Revision 6 now rather than the 4 mentioned above.  The article has been updated but no new patch revision to worry about. ***

We had a number of questions came up during the session and we thought it would be useful to summarize them here, for those who did not attend the webcast or those who didn’t get a chance to look at the Q&A section as we were going along.  Thanks to all who asked such great questions!

Question: Do we need to load the SharePoint Foundation SP1/June CU?

Answer:  It is included in some of the roll up packages, so you may not need to explicitly install it.  However, if you are just going to load the Project Server 201 June Cumulative Update package (KB 2536586) and you have not installed previous CUs then you will need the SharePoint CU (or SP) or you will get the jsgrid issue reported when we shipped the August 2010 CU - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/brismith/archive/2010/09/17/project-server-2010-applied-august-cu-and-having-problems-with-jsgrid.aspx – the view failed to load, and Exception occurred in method Microsoft.Office.Project.Server.BusinessLayer.Project.ProjectGetProjectDetailsForGridJson.  If you are unsure if it is in a package then scroll down to the complete file list.  SharePoint Foundation stuff will be the files like sts-x-none.msp, and ones starting with wss.

Question: Any requirements for Office 2010 app's?

Answer:  It isn’t necessary to also upgrade the client applications but it's certainly a great idea to update both Project and Office to SP1.

Question:  What's the minimum CU, both client and server, that we need to be on before applying SP1?

Answer:  No minimum CU is required. You can go directly from the initial release to SP1 if desired.

Question:  Did the fixed work task type get fixed for entry in PWA?

Answer:   Yes! Additionally, effort driven tasks are supported.

Question:  Does SP1 contain the June CU or do I need to install them both?

Answer:  SP1 does not contain the June CU, although the June CU does contain much of what is in the Service Pack.  It is advisable to load both.

Question:  Install June CU then SP1 or vise versa?

Answer:  Technically, it doesn't matter. It is usual to install SP1 first and then June CU (and the configuration wizard can just be run once – after both are loaded, assuming you are doing it right away).

Question:  Is hotfix 2534413 included in the June CU?

Answer:  That hotfix was the Project 2010 April 2011 Cumulative Update, and is included in the KB 2536590 hotfix – the Project 2010 June 2011 Cumulative Update.

Question:  Is there a list of bugs/fixes available for the 2nd June CU that will be coming out in a week or so?

Answer:  There is – and I also mention what is fixed above.

Question:   In June 2011 KB http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2536590 the 5th items says when you apply updates using PWA, your updates are lost. We had that issue in PS 2007 fixed it with Feb 2011 CU. After migration to 2010 we are getting it in PS 2010. The June 2011 restricts the issue from happening further. But is there a way to restore lost hours?

Answer:  Best to contact support for assistance with this type of issue - and as it relates to a bug there will be no charge. The support engineer will be able to help identify if and how hours can be re-applied.

Question:  Where can I find the links for the June CU?

Answer:  We will get the latest link up on the Project Administration blog shortly,  or search http://support.microsoft.com.

Question:  We run this on a VM, with the server set to dynamic memory, it simply takes as much memory as it could, is that normal, and is there a way\config setting to limit this?

Answer:  You can set an upper limit for Dynamic memory (certainly for HyperV) - if nothing else is using it then why would you want to limit? If you have conflicting apps then you can also set priority of memory usage.

Question:  I missed the reasoning behind the statement that we should reconsider our settings for "manually scheduled tasks can be published to team members"

Answer:  At release you could not record time-phased data against manually scheduled tasks so this was one reason you might have wanted to check that option. You may still want to restrict publishing if you are using manually scheduled tasks more for longer term planning.

Question:  I have a resource who can not see his tasks in PWA. PWA displays loading and then "Cannot communicate with the server. Verify your connection and try again.". Has this problem been resolved? Only one resource has this problem.

Answer:  I don't know off the top of my head - sounds data related if one resource is affected - or might be some customization of their view. Ping me via my Blog contact and I can give some pointers.

Question:  Does the auto publish also close the projects it publishes?

Answer:  It will submit a request to publish after auto approval so this will be queued and will actually when the job gets to the top of the queue, assuming the plan is checked in (or checked out in the same session doing the approval/publish).   The publish itself does not check the project out.

Question:  Earlier it was mentioned re: multi-browser support, that Safari was supported not on PCs but only on PowerBooks. Did you guys mean any/all Apple native hardware? Or is that PowerBook, specifically? For instance, supported on iPads?

Answer:  Although our testing was on desktop and laptop Apple hardware we are not aware of any issues on other Apple platforms such as the iPad and have heard anecdotal references to it working.

Question:  Can you provide the URL's for the links to the excel workbooks that contain the list of fixes?

Answer:  http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/1/2/512CC712-4070-4CFF-BC4A-B3AFF0E21A1E/Microsoft%20Office%202010%20Service%20Pack%201%20Changes.xlsx

http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/0/D/B0D1540B-6CF6-4674-9C8E-7A45FD91C163/Microsoft%20SharePoint%202010%20and%20Office%20servers%20Service%20Pack%201%20Changes.xlsx 

Question:  If we upgrade both SharePoint Foundation and Project to SP1, is there a sequence to follow?

Answer:  Recommendation is SharePoint Foundation first - but either way will work, and you only need to run PSCONFIG after loading both.

Question:  When synching a Project 2010 file with a SharePoint 2010 task list, does SP1 now support multiple resources for each schedule task?

Answer:  That hasn't changed.

Question:  Regarding the new AutoPublish checkbox, would like to make sure I completely get it. The functionality looks great, no need for code or for publishing after the rule is run, correct? If so, that is great! Can I also take advantage of this functionality to create a generic / general rule that matches all updates on all projects, check the box, and have myself a completely automated task accept-update-publish function? I ask because customers have asked to program this before and we've had to use PSI previously. Would this scheme work to do it OOTB now?

Answer:  Yes  - that is the intention of this feature. My top pick for SP1.

Question:  Please could you let me know on what is the largest project schedule (task activities) uploaded and managed within the server environment as we are implementing Project Server 2010 within the mining environment here in South Africa as in 2007 it was a bit of a challenge?

Answer:  Our suggested maximum is around 400,000 tasks – but there are many other factors that would need to be taken into account.

Question:  When synching a Project 2010 schedule to a SharePoint 2010 Task List, does the Gantt chart now support summary tasks (similar to MS Project)?

Answer:  This has not changed with SP1 and summary tasks are still represented as folders containing the sub-tasks within the SharePoint Task list.

Question:  Does the project server 2010 SP1 contain the SP 2010 SP1?

Answer:  There is just one SP covering Office Servers which includes Project Server 2010 SP1.

Question:  Are budget resources supported in templates launched by EPT's in PWA?

Answer:  No, these are not supported for projects created from templates directly on the server, when not using the Project Professional client.

Question: Is there any way for users to add tasks that are synced from project server (into the outlook tasks) into their calendar as well? Many of my clients liked this feature in the past, and find the task only one less friendly to use.

Answer:  There haven't been any changes in SP1 to expand the Exchange/Project server integration and how those tasks appear in Outlook.

Question:  Hi, could you advise on any improvements with archiving of projects, simplification primarily.

Answer:  There are no changes to project archiving.

Question:  Project to SharePoint synch - does it support dependencies other than FS?

Answer: (Not answered on the webcast, but the answer is…) SharePoint only supports Finish-to-Start predecessors without constraints or lag times.

Question:  Is there a limit to how many approvals/publishes can be done at a time?

Answer:  Not aware of a limit – but the questioner apparently had seen approvals fail is ~500 tasks updates.  We would need a support case if anyone wants to dig deeper on this issue – no known issue were found in our databases.

Question:  How soon before the SP1 demo VM of Project server 2010 will be available?

Answer:  We will pass the feedback on to the marketing team letting them know that the SP1 demo VM is needed.  But a great place to practice loading the updates!

*** Update 7/13/2011 - added an additional useful Q&A

Question:  Where is the best place to go for details on patching Office Web Apps to SP1?

Answer: http://blogs.technet.com/b/office_resource_kit/archive/2011/07/12/patching-office-web-apps-to-sp1-and-june-cus-including-sharepoint-server-2010.aspx 

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  • Regarding question on advise on archiving of projects,you wish to look at the automated EPM Archive & Recovery solution at www.projectsolution.com/epmarchive.html . Or, simply search for Microsoft EPM Archive. Hope this helps. Regards, PJ Mistry (EPMGuy.com)

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