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:
Thanks to Chris and Krishna for the post – and all the folks in the team involved in making these improvements happen.
In case you missed it earlier in the week – the October Cumulative Update (CU) for Project and Project Server 2010, Project and Project Server 2013 has now been released!
Microsoft Project Server 2010 and 2013 October 2014 CU Announcement
The release post for the Project 2013, Project Server 2013, Project 2010 and Project Server 2010 September 2014 Cumulative Update (CU) is posted over at Microsoft Project Server 2010 and 2013 September 2014 CU Announcement.
Also for those who missed it, we did a webcast earlier this week where Adrian talked about fixes in this release and also the August and July CU’s too – and I talked about some changes in Project Online. I’ll attach the ppt here shortly, and the recording is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZTgYXwu0GE&feature=youtu.be&list=PL_BmUqQrmneZHJoQ3Lfll77nfG09g8Cp9. Look out too for some upcoming Microsoft Virtual Academy sessions for Project Online.
The next webcast date has been changed from that announced on the call – and will not be December 9th rather than the 16th – and that should be the day the December CU is released. On that call we will again talk about new stuff in Project Online as well as the fixes released in October, November and December for Project and Project Server 2013.
Late notice I know – but if you are not free then hopefully you can catch the recording. Today, 9/9/14, Adrian and I will be presenting on some changes in Project Online and also going through some of the recent Project and Project Server 2013 on-premises Cumulative Update details.
Join us if you can - http://ignite.office.com/webcasts/support-webcast-what-s-new-with-project-online-project-server-2013
*** Update 9/11/2014 - the recording is now live - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZTgYXwu0GE&feature=youtu.be&list=PL_BmUqQrmneZHJoQ3Lfll77nfG09g8Cp9 ***
Before posting this cross announcement I did some double checking and found my earlier Project Support post was wrong – there is no requirement for SP1 in the August 2014 Cumulative Update for Project and Project Server 2013. I’ve made some updates, but a little more background here.
I was having a ‘senior moment’ and had been expecting a new baseline to SP1 soon and put 2 and 2 together when I saw the small file sizes – and made 5.000001. Apologies for the confusion. I hadn’t noticed that the main cause of the high file size of the server packages, the SharePoint coreserver package, is not released and had just seen the smaller oserver and sts packages. That was why it was quick…
This raises another point which Stefan Gossner brings up in his post – with no coreserver package this month and no uber packages there isn’t an easy way to be ‘cumulatively’ patched up to August 2014 CU for the whole SharePoint and Project farm. For Project there isn’t an issue, as all our updates come in a limited set of msp files, and all are released – but for the many components of SharePoint, if there isn’t a release of a specific msp in the Cumulative Update then you may then miss updates for this component that were released last month for example. Hence Stefan’s guidance to load SP1 and the July 2014 CU before loading the August 2014 CU. So for just the Project updates it is quick – as usual – but for the full server it doesn’t look like it will be any quicker and probably slower. Sorry.
There is no Server CU for 2010 this month – just the client, and no server packages either – so worth seeing Stefan’s 2010 post too.
Full announcement details on Microsoft Project Server 2010 and 2013 August 2014 CU Announcement.