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    Project Server Cumulative Update News

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    Last week I announced the release of the December 2014 Cumulative Updates for Project and Project Server, 2010 and 2013 – Microsoft Project Server 2010 and 2013 December 2014 CU Announcement - and today I started a task I had meant to do a while back – adding a page that collected together all the fixes described in the KB articles for all the Cumulative Update releases.  I have started with Project Server 2013 and listed all the fixes from the initial release to the December CU, and plan toad each new set of fixes from each CU as they come along.  The direct page is Project Server 2013 Cumulative Updates and I have added a link from both the main page and any drill down article. 

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    I will be adding Project Professional 2013, Project Server 2010 and Project Professional 2013 once I get time – but also keen to take feedback on anything else that would make such pages more valuable.  Let me know what you think.

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    Round Up Of Recent Microsoft Project Posts

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    I published a couple of things over on the Project Support blog this week, and our MVPs have been busy posting too!:

    Project Server and Synchronizing Users to Project Sites – covers some changes from 2010 to 2013 – of particular use if you happened to uncheck the sync user to subwebs automatically before migrating to 2013. 

    Project Server 2013: Which Ideas are now Projects? looks at the ideation scenario and helps understand whioch items from a list have already had projects created from them.

    I also had my first look at the Curah platform https://curah.microsoft.com/ – and curated some of the Microsoft content around Getting Started with Project Online - https://curah.microsoft.com/267653/getting-started-information-for-project-online

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    I’ll see how this goes, and if it seems to be valuable I will look at other topics to curate – and also include external information from our great MVP, partner and customer community.  OLAP and farm to farm migration might be good topics – and perhaps licensing…

    If you haven’t seen it yet, then there is a call for topics for the Ignite conference next year - http://ignite2015.eventpoint.com/survey/callfortopics#fbid= – get your ideas in and let the organizers know how important Project is to you.  Join the TweetJam on Tuesday 9th too - http://blogs.office.com/2014/11/20/help-shape-microsoft-ignite-event/ – Thanks Alex for the reminder on this

    Ben posted a timely reminder about backups - http://www.applepark.co.uk/this-might-just-save-your-life/

    Paul posted a very useful looking PowerShell script JavaScript file (thanks for the correction Paul!) which I have downloaded and just need to find time to play with - http://pwmather.wordpress.com/2014/12/01/projectonline-projectserver-project-site-finder-javascript-jquery-office365-sharepoint/ – this looks like another option to the Project Online access to list data I described in my ‘Ideas’ posting.

    Peter links to some recent announcements of new features coming for our Project Online customers - New Project Online features on the Office365 Roadmap – and has some very festive snow on his site!

    and Treb recently updated his ‘getting rid of html tags’ document Converting RTF to Text in SQL Part 3 which I know I will be bookmarking.

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    Project Online Content now in Microsoft Virtual Academy

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    In case you still aren’t subscribing to the Project Support blog I thought I’d announce this here too – Adrian Jenkins and I recorded a few Getting Started sessions for Project Online and these just went live on Microsoft Virtual Academy - Office 365 Support Corner- New Project Online Presentations AvailableWe cover early steps you will need to take with Project Online around signing up for the subscription, assigning licenses, some of the key server setting configurations you need to consider and then finally getting started with projects, resources and users.  Hope you find them useful!

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    Do let us know what you think and if there are other topics we should be considering.

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    Project and Project Server 2010 and 2013 November 2014 CU release

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    I posted the November 2014 Cumulative Update (CU) release announcement for Project and Project Server 2010 and Project and Project Server 2013 over on the ProjectSupport blog at Microsoft Project Server 2010 and 2013 November 2014 CU Announcement.  At the time of posting a few of the KB articles were not published – so just a reminder if you can’t wait – you can always go direct to a download using the KB number in a link such as http://support2.microsoft.com/hotfix/KBHotfix.aspx?kbnum=2899569&kbln=en-us (this is the Project 2013 client update – KB 2899569).

    Also a reminder – SP2 is now required the required baseline for Project 2010 and Project Server 2010 before loading the November CU.  This not only applies to the Project Server 2010 SP2 (which can be found here - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2687452 – server, and here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2687457 – client) but also for any language packs you may have installed.  Language packs are sometimes referred to as MUI (multi-lingual user interface).  This caught me out, as I installed the individual server fix KB2899537 with no problems, but found that the localized package KB28999549 gave me an error - 'The expected version of the product was not found on the system.'  After reviewing the logs I could see that the issue was my language packs.  An excerpt on the logs follows to help understand what the cryptic message means (this is near the end of the log):

    OPatchInstall: Property 'PJSRVMUI-AR-SA' value 'InvalidBaseline'
    OPatchInstall: Property 'PJSRVMUI-CS-CZ' value 'NoShow'
    OPatchInstall: Property 'PJSRVMUI-DA-DK' value 'InvalidBaseline'
    OPatchInstall: Property 'PJSRVMUI-DE-DE' value 'InvalidBaseline'
    OPatchInstall: Property 'PJSRVMUI-EL-GR' value 'InvalidBaseline'
    OPatchInstall: Property 'PJSRVMUI-EN-US' value 'NotInstalled'
    OPatchInstall: Property 'PJSRVMUI-ES-ES' value 'InvalidBaseline'
    OPatchInstall: Property 'PJSRVMUI-FI-FI' value 'NoShow'
    OPatchInstall: Property 'PJSRVMUI-FR-FR' value 'NotInstalled'
    OPatchInstall: Property 'PJSRVMUI-HE-IL' value 'InvalidBaseline'
    OPatchInstall: Property 'PJSRVMUI-HU-HU' value 'NoShow'
    OPatchInstall: Property 'PJSRVMUI-IT-IT' value 'NoShow'
    OPatchInstall: Property 'PJSRVMUI-JA-JP' value 'InvalidBaseline'
    OPatchInstall: Property 'PJSRVMUI-KO-KR' value 'InvalidBaseline'
    OPatchInstall: Property 'PJSRVMUI-NB-NO' value 'NoShow'
    OPatchInstall: Property 'PJSRVMUI-NL-NL' value 'NoShow'
    OPatchInstall: Property 'PJSRVMUI-PL-PL' value 'NoShow'
    OPatchInstall: Property 'PJSRVMUI-PT-BR' value 'InvalidBaseline'
    OPatchInstall: Property 'PJSRVMUI-PT-PT' value 'InvalidBaseline'
    OPatchInstall: Property 'PJSRVMUI-RU-RU' value 'InvalidBaseline'
    OPatchInstall: Property 'PJSRVMUI-SK-SK' value 'NoShow'
    OPatchInstall: Property 'PJSRVMUI-SL-SI' value 'NoShow'
    OPatchInstall: Property 'PJSRVMUI-SV-SE' value 'NoShow'
    OPatchInstall: Property 'PJSRVMUI-TR-TR' value 'NoShow'
    OPatchInstall: Property 'PJSRVMUI-UK-UA' value 'NoShow'
    OPatchInstall: Property 'PJSRVMUI-ZH-CN' value 'InvalidBaseline'
    OPatchInstall: Property 'PJSRVMUI-ZH-TW' value 'InvalidBaseline'
    OPatchInstall: Property 'PJSRVWFE-X-NONE' value 'Installed'

    As you can see, this list all of the languages that will get updated by the localized patch.  The problem ones are the rows that show as InvalidBaseline.  For these I needed to get the SP2 of each of the Language packs from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39675.  I had quite a few of these to update!  NoShow means the language isn’t installed so doesn’t need patching. NotInstalled means the language is there at the correct baseline and will be installed (See FR_FR and EN_US above), and Installed means it is already installed (in this case PJSVRWFE-X_NONE was installed from the individual non-localized package).  One issue I did find is that the Arabic language pack was not listed (AR-SA) so instead I uninstalled the language back so that it did not need to be patched.  If anyone needs that pack I’ll try and find out why it is not present.

    Hope someone else finds this is useful – I can’t believe I’ll be the only one running into this.

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    Project Online: Performance and scale improvements

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    A great new post over on the Project blog concerning some changes that are just rolling out to our Project Online customers http://blogs.office.com/2014/10/21/performance-scale-improvements-project-online/.  A couple of highlight of these performance and scale improvements for Project Online are:

    • Increase in the number of PWA instances you can have from 3 to 7.
    • Behind the scenes optimizations for our database layer and page loads – PDP and Timesheet users should notice a difference!
    • More control over site creation and task list synchronization.  This means you don’t have to have a site for each project if you do not use it – so this also gives a scale boost as we now support up to 5000 projects per PWA instance.

    Thanks to Chris and Krishna for the post – and all the folks in the team involved in making these improvements happen.

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