A couple of recent posts worth highlighting. The first relates to installing SharePoint 2013 and Project Server 2013 on Windows Server 2012 R2 – and the need to have the new slipstreamed install packages. I was building up a virtual farm just last week and hadn’t realized that I’d added an R2 Server – and the SharePoint Pre-requisite installer was failing to configure IIS. Finally hit me that we didn’t support R2 until SP1, but even though I had manually created a slipstream by putting the SP1 bits in the Updates folder – the RTM pre-req installer was still giving me problems. The answer is out there - http://blogs.technet.com/b/office_sustained_engineering/archive/2014/03/03/announcing-availability-of-slipstreamed-office-2013-and-sharepoint-server-2013-with-sp1.aspx. The exact error you will see in the Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Products Preparation tool is “Application Server Role, Web Server (IIS) Role: configuration error”
*** Update 4/4/2014 - these slipstream releases are NOT affected by the recently announced issues with the SP1 package - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/brismith/archive/2014/04/03/project-server-2013-and-sharepoint-2013-sp1-download-deactivated.aspx ***
The other post of note – and thanks to Marc, Heather, Mike and I’m sure plenty of others – we have a great post on Power BI for Office 365 as it relates to Project Online - http://blogs.office.com/2014/02/27/power-bi-for-office-365-with-project-online/ a great read!
Just realized the post is tagged for Project Server 2013 and Project Online – although SP1 is only relevant to the former, and Power BI to the latter.
If you missed the Project Conference, or you were there but missed some of the sessions then the recordings are just what you have been waiting for. Go to Channel 9 - http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Project/2014/.
And as this is my blog and no one can stop me – I’ll give you hand-crafted links to the sessions I was involved in… Don’t worry, no cameras, just voice. I’m the English sounding one.
First Impressions supporting Project Server 2013 and Project Online – this one was just me talking about Project Online and how we support it.
Troubleshooting Tips for Project and Project Server – tag team with Adrian Jenkins talking deep about our troubleshooting tools
Project Worst Practice - Learning from other peoples mistakes – A trio of talent for your pleasure – Peter Kestenholz of Projectum, Ian White and me.
Chalk Talk and Q & A- Project Server IT-Professional – IT Pro panel talk – with folks too numerous to mention (ok – just don’t want to accidentally forget anyone).
Chalk Talk and Q & A- Running your PMO with Project Web App and Project Professional – same as above, but talking about PMO (when we managed to stay on topic).
*** 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
*** Update 4/3/2014 - as a precaution both the SharePoint and Project Server SP1 downloads have been temporarily made unavailable - more information when I have it. The KB articles 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.***
Busy day in Project Blog land – SP1 for Project 2013 and Project 2013 is out – see http://blogs.technet.com/b/projectsupport/archive/2014/02/25/project-2013-and-project-server-2013-service-pack-1.aspx
A couple of points to note – if you updated the sproc mentioned in KB 2933444 then you will need to update it again after applying SP1 as we re-write the sprocs (double checking this (thanks Corrie!)) – and if you didn’t – perhaps you should?
And the other point – the SP1 Server side scheduling engine reports a lower version number than the client – so if you want to control the allowed version of Project Professional that can connect then just go for 15.0.4569.1000 and all will be good!
Just in case you are in the dark ages and still on Project or Project Server 2003 – the article over on the Project Support blog will help you move on up before support runs out on 8th April 2014 - Project 2003 and Project Server 2003- End of Support Life Announcement
A couple of recent posts over on Project Support cover some behaviors in Project Server timesheets that can catch folk out. The first relates to deleted projects and assignments – and what then happens in the timesheet - Project Server Timesheets- What happens when I delete a project or assignment- - as well as covering a bug in 2013 where the timesheet status is getting reset when a status approval follows a timesheet approval (which is virtually every time when you self approve timesheets! Then the 2nd came out of comments made on the first – and covers the relationship between assignments and timesheets – and the fact that one assignment can span multiple timesheets – and if there is time to submit on more than one of these – then guess what – it gets submitted too! Timesheets and assignments–updating status isn’t just for the current week
These apply to Project Server 2010, Project Server 2013 and Project Online. Thanks to Gary, Treb and Elli for their input into these conversations. And yes Gary, I’m still looking into a script to resolve the ‘wrong status’ issue.