Christophe Fiessinger's Blog Updates on Microsoft's Enterprise Social Networking (ESN) and Project Portfolio Management (PPM) offerings
Released today, a good overview in this press release: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2008/jun08/06-26hyperv.mspx
Time to upgrade your EPM VPCs: http://blogs.msdn.com/chrisfie/archive/2008/06/25/how-to-upgrade-microsoft-project-vpc-to-hyper-v.aspx
This is the complete Hyper-V RTM package for Windows Server 2008 x64. This package must be installed on the Hyper-V Parent Partition. It includes the Hyper-V Server components for Full and Core installations. In addition, is contains the Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Management components for Full installations. Note This package is permanent. Once installed, it cannot be uninstalled.
What is the bandwidth requirement for Project Web Access (PWA)? How long does it take to load specific PWA pages? What are all HTTP calls for each component that make up a page? Why is the page taking so long to load? etc… If case you did not know, the easiest way to gather this information and answer the previous questions is to use this free tool called Fiddler.
What is Fiddler?
Fiddler is a Web Debugging Proxy which logs all HTTP(S) traffic between your computer and the Internet. Fiddler allows you to inspect all HTTP(S) traffic, set breakpoints, and "fiddle" with incoming or outgoing data. Fiddler includes a powerful event-based scripting subsystem, and can be extended using any .NET language.
Fiddler is freeware and can debug traffic from virtually any application, including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and thousands more.
We have just launched a new “TechCenter” dedicated to Project Portfolio Server in TechNet, expect more documentation in the future:
Assuming you have downloaded the latest EPM 2007 demo VPC, please find below the procedure to convert it to Hyper-V (from Virtual PC); yes I have upgraded my Lenovo T61P from Windows Vista to Windows Server 2008 Enterprise 64-bit to run Hyper-V anywhere!
First, run Hyper-V Virtual Network Manager to setup a virtual network. Select the hard-wired network adapter (Hyper-V does not support wireless network)
Then assign the Legacy Network Adapter the Hyper-V virtual network set up above
More info on Hyper-V can be found here:
Microsoft Project Fx (mpFx) is a class library that wraps the Project Server Interface (PSI) to foster code reuse, reduce complexity, and increase productivity for those developers building solutions with Microsoft Office Project Server 2007.Version 1.0 will be released as a community project to CodePlex in the next few weeks. The development team needs your help! The class library provides easy semantics for doing many operations in PSI. Here is an example:
// Create an instance of ProjectServer using Windows authentication
using(ProjectServer projectServer = new ProjectServer(Settings.Default.ProjectServerURL, DataStoreEnum.WorkingStore))
// Create a proejct
using(ProjectDataSet projectDataSet = EntityFactory.NewProject("Colby Test", Guid.NewGuid()))
projectServer.Projects.Create(projectDataSet, false, true);
EnterpriseProject project = projectServer.Projects["Colby Test"];
// Write the project name and calendar name to the console
// Clean up
if (projectServer.Projects.Delete(project.ProjectGuid, true, true, true, out errorString))
The development team would like suggestions for functionality, such as "I would like a function that allows me to easily set projects on security categories". Even better, if you have method signatures from current projects, send them in for consideration for inclusion in the class library.
Please send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org, you can also check Colby’s blog.
While there are a lot of books on Microsoft Project 2007 (the desktop application), for instance:
as far as I know only two five books have been published so far on Project Server 2007:
Both books are excellent and even though Unleashed had “Customization” chapters I found the Complete Reference easier to read, it also had a good section on the added benefit or using SharePoint Server. Both books could benefit having a References sections with URL to key resources for IT Professionals and Developers such as these:
Both are also missing deployment project templates such as these:
Post update on 6/19/2008 thanks to Gary Chefetz from MSProjectExperts, there are other books on Project Server 2007 that go deeper into deployment guidance for instance:
Check the following two sites:
Happy reading and happy deployment!
PS: if I have missed any other Project Server 2007 books, please send me an email and I’ll be happy to complement this list!
Thanks to Roger Lamb please find references to improve SharePoint’s and Project Server performance:
Development specific tips:
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Are you a Microsoft partner? Would you like to see these reports live ?:
What is Innovation Process Management?
Why should you consider using Office SharePoint Server and not just WSS V3 when you deploy Project Server or Project Portfolio Server 2007?
To find out these answers and more, check out the following two VPC available on our Partner portal:
(under Sales and Marketing –> Sales Demos –> Product Demos)
And also check this post in May 2008: Project Content Recently Published
Last week we released Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, and with it comes an out of the box integration with Project Server 2007.
Both products address a common scenario: Line Of Business Integration (LOBI) between an ERP system and Project Server; in this case no need for custom code (check out the LOBI session code sample Brian Smith and I did at TechEd Developer last week in Orlando)!