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I am pleased to announce the release of two key assets to assist customers with Microsoft Project Server 2007 capacity planning: a white paper and a Visual Studio performance lab kit. This effort was led by Antonio Gazzeri, Lead EPM EMEA Architect from Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS). These performance lab results clearly demonstrates Project Server 2007’s ability to scale to meet the demand of large enterprise deployments.
The white paper answers the following often asked questions:
This white paper contains a description of an actual performance tuning lab for Microsoft Office Project Server 2007. The first chapter (“Running a Project Server 2007 Performance Test Lab”), describes how to run performance tests against a Office Project Server 2007 deployment by using Visual Studio Team System 2008 and a set of community-based tools built for the purpose. The second chapter (“Test Environment”), documents the specifics of the lab environment that was used for the tests we ran for collecting data for this white paper. The third chapter (“Test Results”), describes in detail the test scenarios that were conducted, and it summarizes the data collected for every scenario.
This white paper contains a description of an actual performance tuning lab for Microsoft Office Project Server 2007.
The first chapter (“Running a Project Server 2007 Performance Test Lab”), describes how to run performance tests against a Office Project Server 2007 deployment by using Visual Studio Team System 2008 and a set of community-based tools built for the purpose.
The second chapter (“Test Environment”), documents the specifics of the lab environment that was used for the tests we ran for collecting data for this white paper.
The third chapter (“Test Results”), describes in detail the test scenarios that were conducted, and it summarizes the data collected for every scenario.
The Project Server 2007 Performance Lab Kit contains two Visual Studio solutions/tools to help you test your farm environment for capacity planning purposes: the “EPMTestTools” and the “EPM Stress Test” solution.
Expect an article on Project Server 2007 capacity planning guidance and best practices (learned by MCS for the lab above and during numerous large scale customer deployments worldwide) in the near future.
I am pleased to announce the release of a white paper written by Boris Bazant from Microsoft Consulting Services entitled: EPM and Office SharePoint Server 2007 Coexistence: Intranet Scenario. This whitepaper outlines the recommended setup and configuration approach that will focus on best practices for an EPM-focused Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Intranet farm with a set of validated and tested best practices for Office SharePoint Server 2007 and EPM coexistence. A logical architecture diagram of an EPM-focused Office SharePoint Server 2007 Intranet farm is also provided for reference. The diagram is in Microsoft Visio file format.
With the rapid adoption of SharePoint this paper answers these commonly heard questions from our customers:
On a similar topic you can also view the following webcast recorded last March with Steven Haden (MCS France):TechNet webcast: Deployment into a SharePoint Server 2007 Intranet Farm (Office Project Server 2007)
This webcast covers best practices for deploying Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 to a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 intranet farm. (Out of the box, Office Project Server 2007 is deployed on top of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0). It also discusses Office SharePoint Server 2007 deployment prerequisites, deployment scenarios, and best practices. This webcast is part of a series targeted at IT professionals. The series presents detailed discussions of key aspects to consider when you evaluate, plan, deploy, and operate Office Project Server 2007.
Other Project Server and SharePoint Server Resources:
The Project 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) recorded webcast delivered on April 30 and deck are now available on EPMConnect.
The following topics were discussed during the webcast:
Announced today at TechEd: SQL Server 2008 R2, will be a great enhancement to Project Server deployment from a reporting perspective, why?
Check the following preliminary resources (more info here: R2 Benefits by Workload):
Register for the Community Technology Preview due out this summer.
I had a Twitter account for almost a year but never used it, Doug McCutcheon reminded me I should join the trend, so let’s give it a try and see it’s potential value! Follow me at cfiessinger.
I still think blogging is a lot more useful to the EPM community but I might be wrong :)
Announced at TechEd this morning; Office 2010 Technical Preview for Word 2010, Excel 2010, Outlook 2010, PowerPoint 2010, OneNote 2010, Communicator 2010, Access 2010, InfoPath 2010 and Publisher 2010:
Following this SharePoint 2010 announcement today: Announcing SharePoint Server 2010 Preliminary System Requirements please note the following requirements for Project Server 2010
Please find below two recently published article on TechNet to help you migrate your existing Project Server 2007 farm to 64-bit:
Finally please encourage your customers and partners to attend our upcoming Microsoft Project Conference 2009 in September to learn about Project 2010.
[Updated December 17, 2009: Official HW and SW req are now published in TechNet: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee683978(office.14).aspx]
We are happy to the announce the release of the April Cumulative Update (April CU). Cumulative Update (CU) are scheduled every two months, so the next releases will be at the end of June, August, October, December, etc... Please note that the April CU does not contain all the fixes from Service Pack 2 (SP2) which was released on 4/28 (more SP2 info here) so you need to install both SP2 and April CU to have all the latest updates (in either order). We encourage everyone to view the SP2 webcast we delivered last week that discusses the following topics: SP2 Overview (desktop and server), April CU Overview (desktop and Server), Upcoming Portfolio Server SP2 (should be release within the next month), Deployment Best Practices and Next Steps (Windows Server 2008 x64, Project Server 2010, Project Conference 2009); recording and deck will be made available on EPMConnect next week.
Please refer to this TechNet article for deployment guidance: Deploy cumulative updates (Project Server 2007)
After applying the April CU, the database version should be: 12.0.6504.5000 (see article above for instructions on how to verify the installation).
Please refer to this post from the Office Sustain Engineering team for more information about SP2 and the April CU: FAQ concerning Service Pack 2 and the Cumulative Updates for April 2009 for the 2007 Microsoft® Office System and Microsoft Office servers
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