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    Project Online–a couple of posts over on Project Support

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    Just in case you see this blog but haven’t subscribed to the feed for the Project Support blog on TechNet I thought I’d mention a couple of recent posts.

    Project Online- Demonstration package for OData and SSIS covers a new sample package to help with Project Online reporting that shows how to pull time phased assignment data from Project Online using SQL Server Integration Services and the recently added OData capabilities.

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    Project Online- Look out for a few changes in Project Web App tells of some upcoming enhancements on Project Online.  Being able to control the connecting Project Professional version is one, and one I forgot to mention is that we are changing the default EPT for new PWA instances (will not affect existing customers) to the Enterprise Project from the SharePoint task list.

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    The First Ever Project and Project Server 2013 July CU

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    Going forward we may now be releasing hotfixes (aka Cumulative Updates) in the odd numbered months as well as the even ones for Project 2013, Project Server 2013 and SharePoint 2013 – and the rest of the Office family.  July is the first of these.  I have just posted the release blog over on the Project Support blog - Microsoft Project Server 2013 July 2014 CU Announcement.

    This July CU contains a number of fixes that have been eagerly anticipated:

    On the client side we have the root cause fix for the Invalid Lookup Table issue that we released a server fix for last month that will avoid the Error 9000 (or at least this cause for it).

    Assume that you use some local custom fields that contain some lookup tables in a project in Project 2013. Then, you save the project to Project Server. Later, you delete the project from the cache. When you open the project and save the project again, the lookup tables may be corrupted and you receive an error message that resembles the following:

    The following job failed to complete
    Jog Type: Save
    Error ID: 9000(0x2328)
    Error

    and also the fix for the wrong baselines being displayed in the client (which I know a certain Russian friend will be very pleased to see!). 

    When you open a project that contains multiple baselines, the time-phased baseline cost for tasks or assignments is displayed incorrectly. For example, when you check the time-phased Baseline1 cost values, they display the values for the time-phased Baseline cost instead.

    The other couple of client fixes are on the ProjectBeforeAssignmentChange VBA event and an issue with too many e-mail notifications being triggered when opening plans from SharePoint task lists.

    On the server side just a couple of new fixes, a baseline issue with negative costs has been resolved and we have done some work to avoid issues when publishing many projects at once which could cause problems with "Synchronize Project Web App Permissions to Project Web App" user synchronization job failures.

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    Project Cumulative Update Webcast–back by popular demand!

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    Well popular demand in project circles means a few of you asked when we would do these again – and I am happy to say there is one scheduled for June 24th 2014 at 9:00am PST!  See http://ignite.office.com/webcasts/support-webcast-service-packs-cumulative-updates for the details and click here to add it to your calendar.  I will be covering the June 2014 Cumulative Update release for Project and Project Server 2010 and 2013 – and will probably mention the recent SP1 and April CU releases – and some what’s new stuff on Project Online.

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    Just the one schedule so far but we do hope to continue these into the next Microsoft financial year – probably after a summer break.  The bad news is that Adrian will not be available to join me on this one – just me unless I can talk some of my colleagues into helping out.  Looking forward to speaking with you all again!

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    Weekly Round-up: Project Online, SSIS and OData, Project Lite and a Mac reminder

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    Something old, new, certainly borrowed – not sure about blue…

    New – Marc Boyer has just published the article Replicate Project Online Reporting Data to a SQL Server database using the OData protocol out on MSDN - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office/dn720853(v=office.15).aspx with the promise of more to come over the next couple of months.  Great for our customers and partners working with Project Online and wanting to use different reporting tools.  The article covers using SQL Server Integration Services to pull your Project Online data to a another data source – either locally or could be in the cloud too.

    Old – Just a reminder – the article I did over a year ago on using the Apple Mac with Project Online and Project Pro for Office 365 is worth a read if you are looking for Mac and Project solutions – and we certainly get quite a few questions on this topic - http://blogs.technet.com/b/projectsupport/archive/2013/05/21/project-online-how-do-i-use-my-apple-mac.aspx

    Borrowed – Mostly referencing Sonia’s great content for Team Members, the Project Lite article over on the Project Support site gives more information about our latest licensing option for Team Members in your Project Online environments - Project Lite- More affordable access for Project Online Team Members

    Blue?  Best I could come up with…

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    Project Server 2013 and SharePoint 2013 SP1 re-released

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    I’ll update the other blog posts when I get a chance – but wanted to get the news out quickly.

    Stefan’s blog gives all the details of the re-release of Service Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2013 and Project Server 2013.

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/stefan_gossner/archive/2014/04/22/sp1-for-sharepoint-2013-has-been-rereleased.aspx

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