We currently have a vacancy in our team for a Support Escalation Engineer, to help us support Microsoft Project, Project Server and Project Online. Full details out on the Careers site and this could either be located in Issaquah, WA which is where I am based (just a few miles away from Redmond/Seattle) or with our Texas team down in Las Colinas. Applications on the careers site – don’t send your resumes to me. The job title says Support Escal Eng-Sharepoint – as we come under the SharePoint group, but this is for Project and we are expecting experience with our product set.
I think it is a great job, otherwise I wouldn’t do it – and before anyone asks – this isn’t for my role – I didn’t succumb to the food retail opportunity down the road (private joke for my FB friends…).
The April 2014 Cumulative Update (CU) for Project 2010, Project 2013, Project Server 2010 and Project Server 2013 is now released (mostly) so see Microsoft Project Server 2010 and 2013 April 2014 CU Announcement for the full details. Due to some recent issues with SharePoint and Project Server 2013 SP1 there are some packages held back, including a patch that contains several of the fixes for Project Server 2013 that folks are waiting for. View load failures in timesheets, status update for mater pages, saving protected baselines and grouping in views are ones affected. More information once I have it.
There should be no issue installing the April CU if you already loaded SP1 (I gave a false alarm earlier – but my server had a pre-release SP1 installed). We will be re-releasing SP1 and when we do you should re-install even if you have SP1 installed already – this will ensure no issue will be seen with future patches.
*** Update 4/22 SP1 re-release
Stefan's blog has the full download links for SP1 http://blogs.technet.com/b/stefan_gossner/archive/2014/04/22/sp1-for-sharepoint-2013-has-been-rereleased.aspx
And patch again to avoid the lost resources issue - unless you also load April CU. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2933444
8th April has arrived and just a reminder of my post a couple of month’s ago - http://blogs.technet.com/b/projectsupport/archive/2014/02/25/project-2003-and-project-server-2003-end-of-support-life-announcement.aspx that announced end of support life for Project 2003 and Project Server 2003 – you can find all the links on that site to help plan your migration if you haven’t already made the change.
Today is also the last day of support for Window XP – for consumer customers you can find information at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/end-support-help and for our Enterprise customers there is more information at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/end-of-support.aspx – which also has a countdown clock – just 17h 17m and 17s to go – well even less when you read this – or more likely it is already at 0!
Also a good time to mention the Windows 8.1 Update - http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/windowsexperience/archive/2014/04/02/windows-8-1-update-important-refinements-to-the-windows-experience.aspx with this article from the Windows Blog.
As a precaution due to a recently discovered issue both the SharePoint 2013 and Project Server 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1) downloads have been temporarily made unavailable. I will post more information when I have it.
The KB articles for Project Server 2013 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2817434 and SharePoint 2013 - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2817429 have been updated with:
“We have recently uncovered an issue with this Service Pack 1 package that may prevent customers who have Service Pack 1 from deploying future public or cumulative updates. As a precautionary measure, we have deactivated the download page until a new package is published.”
The April Cumulative Update is due out next week, and I will be sure to cover in the Cumulative Update release what impact this issue might have, both for customers who have already loaded SP1 and those who have yet to load it..
A double dose of Business Intelligence goodness today for Project Online users – and also applicable to Project Server 2013 – we have a new post from Marc on Creating burndown charts for Project using Power Pivot and Power Query, and some great news of the release of the SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) OData connector for SQL Server 2012 - http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42280, as announced at the Project Conference 2014 This connector will allow our Project Online customers to pull data from Project Online using OData to populate their own SQL Server (or other supported destination) databases. These could be online or on-premises – and would then open up the ability to report via SQL Server Reporting Services or any other desired reporting tools. We will have some getting started material coming soon (this will be on the Project blog – I will most likely post too on Project Support blog) but if you want to get started then take a look at Mike McLean and Andrew Lavinsky’s Project Conference session - http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Project/2014/PC248. If you were at the conference you should remember the demo in the keynote if you didn’t see Mike and Andrew’s session. If you weren’t there then also see Ludo’s keynote - http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Project/2014/KEY002 and Mike’s appearance to do the reporting piece at around 50 minutes.
And while I’m at it – I posted over on Project Support a posting about matching patches between client and server and also keeping clients at a common level - http://blogs.technet.com/b/projectsupport/archive/2014/03/25/project-server-patch-matching-from-client-to-server-is-it-necessary.aspx
Enjoy! And keep an eye out for Marc’s getting started documentation for the SSIS stuff – we will have some best practices for getting a good experience pulling OData from Project Online. I’ll certainly be posting again once I see it!
***Update - you might like to take a look at the posting from Paul Mather for a step by step walk through - http://pwmather.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/projectonline-data-via-odata-and-ssis-in-sql-database-table-on-premise-msproject-sharepointonline-bi-ssrs-office365-cloud/. Great article Paul! Our getting started documentation will also cover this, as well as other best practices around limiting data that you are returning to get the best experience - such as only getting the columns you need and filtering for a data range or looking for new data ***