Christophe Fiessinger's Blog Updates on Microsoft's Enterprise Social Networking (ESN) and Project Portfolio Management (PPM) offerings
If you run into issues with your SharePoint farm (including Project Server instances), as a farm administrator you might not have access to the folder where the logs are stored (typically under C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\LOGS).
To work around this access right you can get the person with the proper administrative rights to setup this Log Viewer feature to your farm: SharePoint 2007 Features
The Log Viewer will render in a webpage the logs stored in the ULS files as shown below:
Looking for troubleshooting articles on Project Server 2007, or information on the latest hotfix package for your EPM deployment?
Did you know a hotfix was released on April 24th?
To stay up to date, check the following links:
Ever wondered how to produce nice looking reports based on Project Server OLAP data (cubes) using Excel 2007 and Excel Services without using the Office Web Component (OWC).
The document below explains the steps to follow to integrate Project Server 2007 with Excel Services (Microsoft Office SharePoint Server). This document assumes that you already have installed MOSS and Project Server 2007 on the same farm.
Data Analysis Report Using Office Web Component
Data Analysing Report Using Excel Web Access
For your information the following content has been published on TechNet, specifically of interest how to backup and restore a PWA instance from one server to another (from a development environment to a production environment for instance):
And to track newly published content for EPM 2007 you can bookmark this URL.
A recurring need today for customers is how EPM can address compliance standards such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX). EPM 2007 has strong features that can assist companies meeting such standards. Please note that compliance is typically company specific and one should work with consultant that specialize in such area to figure out what can be used out of the box versus what needs to be customized to meet the requirements.
First I highly recommend reading the following paper published recently: Compliance Features in the 2007 Microsoft Office System
This white paper describes compliance-related features and extensibility opportunities within the 2007 Microsoft Office system that can assist you to meet the demands of regulatory compliance.
Beside all the Office and SharePoint features mentioned in the white paper above that can assist you achieving your compliance requirements, EPM’s can help with the following:
· Budget tracking, helps establish a project budget and it can be controlled using EPM security settings, and it won’t be impacted as actual progress is reported using timesheets.
· Reporting can generate financial reports that will address the financial compliance requirements.
· If the customer uses the Timesheet functionalities, there is an option to audit all changes (Server Settings -> Time and Task Management -> Settings and Defaults -> Auditing)
· Using a combination of the Event Model, the Project Server Interface (PSI), and Windows Workflow Foundation a customer could further customize their EPM deployment to address their specific compliance needs. This feature will require programming skills.
Microsoft is pleased to announce the 2007 Microsoft Office Project Conferences to be held from October 28-31, 2007 in Seattle, WA USA and December 3-5, 2007 in Madrid, Spain. http://www.msprojectconference.com/
Check this out: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/office/bb497969.aspx
An interactive map using Windows Presentation Framework (part of .NET 3.0) “that helps developers visualize the different programs, servers, services, and tools that will help them build solutions. It allows them to drill down to each product and technology and learn about new features, objects, Web services, namespaces, and schemas required to extend Microsoft Office and build custom Office Business Applications (OBAs).”