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…
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.
Earlier in the year we added some great new features to help users of Project Online - http://blogs.technet.com/b/projectsupport/archive/2014/01/22/project-online-have-you-seen-any-of-the-new-bits-we-have-added.aspx – and we had to switch one off when we hit some issues. We have resolved and tested out the new project wizard and it will be coming to your Project Online tenants over the next few days or so.
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