July, 2009

Christophe Fiessinger's Blog
Updates on Microsoft's Enterprise Social Networking (ESN) and Project Portfolio Management (PPM) offerings

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    Project Server article: Extract Project Web Access site data to a new content database

    Useful article that just got published on TechNet: Extract Project Web Access site data to a new content database

    As mentioned in the article:

    Having a content database used solely for your Project Web Access site data is a recommended best practice when deploying Project Server 2007. This creates a cleaner configuration and reduces the chance of problems when executing other operations such as backup and recovery, migrating data to a new farm, or migrating to a newer version of Project Server in the future.

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    Announcing the release of Project Portfolio Server 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2)

    We are happy to announce the release Project Portfolio Server 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) to the Microsoft Download Center.  Before you install this service pack it is essential that you read the following two knowledge base articles, and thoroughly read the guidance and test out the patch in a separate environment prior to a production rollout.

    Project Portfolio Server Service Pack 2 (SP2) Links
    Description of Project Portfolio Server 2007 Service Pack 2 971205 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971205
    Issues that are fixed in Project Portfolio Server 2007 Service Pack 2 971363 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971363
    How to deploy Project Portfolio Server 2007 SP2 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=8977C122-A64F-4C4E-A78B-0EA8E150FE3A

    Project Portfolio Server 2007 Service Pack 2 download page

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=3adc87b0-d060-405e-b967-22676bca71f1&displaylang=en

    Highlight of Portfolio Server 2007 SP2:

    • contains significant security improvements, stability improvements, and performance improvements
    • support for SQL Server 2008 32-bit (please note SQL 2008 64-bit is NOT supported)
    • support for Portfolio Server on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V
    • contains all previously released fixes into one update
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    Project and Portfolio Management (PPM/EPM) VPC v4 Available for Download

    As announced by my colleague Jan Kalis: Project and Portfolio Management (PPM/EPM) VPC v4 – based on Project 2007 the latest version of our core demo VPC for EPM is now available for download.

    A few reasons why you should get it:

    • V3 expires in mi-august
    • Contains latest product updates (SP2, etc…)
    • Contains a wealth of sample SSRS reports that might help your day to day EPM deployments (detail announcement of its content will come at a later date)
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    Announcing Microsoft Project 2010 Technical Preview

    In case you missed the blog post from the product group last week: Announcing Microsoft Project 2010 Technical Preview

    For those of you who have submitted nominations and that are accepted, invites will go out this week.

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    Project Server 2007 TechNet Webcasts recordings and decks

    Please find below a recap of both the recordings and decks for the Project Server 2007 TechNet webcast series that was delivered this past year.

    All PowerPoint decks can be downloaded here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0451f72f-5cae-4fc4-8297-86c08e7ac40c&displaylang=en

    Project Server 2007 webcasts

    Title Description
    Solution Overview and System Elements

    In this webcast, we introduce the Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 solution and the main product components. Key concepts are described such as high availability and scalability that should be taken into account when planning and deploying Office Project Server 2007. This introductory 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. Main considerations are discussed for planning for high-availability deployments — when to scale up and out, points of failure, and software/hardware boundaries.
    Solution Elements and Data Flow

    This webcast describes the elements of the Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 solution (Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007, Application Server, Microsoft SQL Server), and covers data flow components and key areas for scalability. 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. Main considerations are discussed for planning for high-availability deployments — when to scale up and out, points of failure, and software/hardware boundaries.
    Workload Scenarios and Reference Architecture This webcast covers Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 workload scenarios and reference architecture to help you plan your deployment. We discuss typical product operations categorized by user roles and how they affect performance. Typical reference architecture is presented based on key capacity planning characteristics. 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. Main considerations are discussed for planning for high-availability deployments — when to scale up and out, points of failure, and software/hardware boundaries.
    Network Communication This webcast covers Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 network communication — specifically ports, protocols, and network traffic. We present network considerations when deploying Project Server and Office Project Professional 2007; this includes an overview of the Active Cache mechanism in Project Professional. 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. Main considerations are discussed for planning for high-availability deployments — when to scale up and out, points of failure, and software/hardware boundaries.

    Server Administration

    This webcast covers Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 server administration best practices. Items discussed in detail are Central Administration in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, Shared Services Provider Administration, and Project Web Access Administration. 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. Main considerations are discussed for planning for high-availability deployments—when to scale up and out, points of failure, and software/hardware boundaries.

    Maintenance and Monitoring This webcast covers Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 maintenance and monitoring best practices. It explores maintenance plans that should be put in place and the performance counters that should be monitored. We also discuss how to deploy software updates for both Office Project Server 2007 and Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007. This webcast is part of a series targeted at IT professionals. In the series, we present the key aspects in detail that you should consider when you evaluate, plan, deploy, and operate Office Project Server 2007.
    Deployment into a SharePoint Server Intranet Farm 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.
    Disaster Recovery This webcast covers Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 disaster recovery options and best practices. It discusses how to recover from a catastrophic failure on your Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007/Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 farm, including what your options are for recovering from a loss of any component of your farm, like Microsoft SQL Server, application server, or disk. It also presents farm and database recovery options. This webcast is part of a series targeted at IT professionals. In the series, we present the key aspects in detail that you should consider when you evaluate, plan, deploy, and operate Office Project Server 2007.
    Visualization This webcast covers Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 virtualization best practices using Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V technology. Items discussed in detail are deployment best practices with respect to virtualization, including optimum architecture configuration (which component should be deployed on a virtual environment and which ones should be deployed on a physical environment), and how to architect a high-availability virtual farm. 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.
    Active Cache This webcast covers processes and key messaging between Microsoft Office Project Professional and Microsoft Office Project Server 2007. It will describe in detail the cache folder structure and registry settings, from first logon, through operations like project open, save and publish. It will also explain network traffic between client and server, as well as enhancements made to increase client/server communication scalability and reliability. 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.

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    Announcing SharePoint 2010 Technical Preview

    As announced last week during the Worldwide Partner Conference (check out the IT Professionals and Developers enhancements), more info on the SharePoint team blog: Announcing SharePoint 2010 Technical Preview

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    Announcing the release of the June Cumulative Update for Project and Project Server 2007

    Last week we released the June Cumulative Update for Project, Project Server 2007 as well as SharePoint 2007, more information on Brian’s blog: Project Server 2007: Office System June 2009 Cumulative Update is now available

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