August, 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 2007 Report Pack II – An incredible asset you should all leverage

    This is a blog post that is worth checking out! My colleague Jan Kalis just announced the release of the Project Server 2007 Report Pack II (recorded webcast and demo here). Why is it the best thing since slice bread? Well check out the following list of SQL Server Reporting Services it contains (and to make it easier to use in your environment it all contains full documentation as well as separate Visual Studio packages and directories of ALL T-SQL queries). I’m sure you will find few key nuggets in there that will help you with your day to day activities as well as surface key information from your Project Server 2007 Project Portfolio Management gold mine of information!

    Microsoft Project Server 2007 Governance Reports Microsoft Project Server 2007 Management Reports
    • Assignment to Timesheet Consistency
    • My Planned Time Off
    • My Projects and Assignments
    • My Task Count and Status
    • My Project-Oriented Timesheet Activity
    • Project_Detail (now includes includes deliverable and cross-project link information, along with a reduced size KPI Average graphical indicator)
    • Resource Activity by RBS and Position Role
    • Resource Allocation
    • Resource Allocation sub-report
    • Resource Capacity versus Demand Heatmap by Position Role
    • Task Update Compliance
    • Timesheet Compliance report ( updated to allow for multiple timesheet period review )
    • Active Resource Details
    • Administration Dashboard
    • Archive Project Details
    • Draft Project Details
    • Inactive Resource Details
    • Metadata Assignment Custom Field Details
    • Metadata Custom Field Modifications
    • Metadata Enterprise Template Modifications
    • Metadata Lookup Table Modifications
    • Metadata Resource Custom Field Details
    • Metadata Task Custom Field Details
    • Project Baseline Details
    • Project Task and Assignment Details
    • Project Type Details
    • Published Project Details
    • Queue – Project jobs
    • Queue – Timesheet jobs
    • Security Categories Modified
    • Security Groups Modified
    • Security No RBS setting
    • Security Permissions on User Level
    • Security Templates Modified
    • Security Users Modified
    • SQL Server Database Space Usage
    • SQL Server Fragmentation
    • SQL Server Table Space Usage
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    Microsoft Project 2010 Ignite Training in Phoenix Sep. 13 & 14, last call!

    As a free benefit of attending the Microsoft Project Conference in Phoenix, September 14-17, you can attend this free training opportunity: Project 2010 Ignite. If interested please register rapidly since space is limited and we are almost at capacity!

    The goal for the Project 2010 Ignite Program is to prepare EPM professionals for deployment, operations and customization of Project Server 2010.

    The Ignite curriculum is targeted at EPM consultants, IT Professionals, Admin Professionals and developers that have experience deploying, operating and customizing Project Server 2007; content will be technical and will range from 300 to 400 level (Experienced to Advanced/Expert); this training is NOT for end users nor EPM sales professionals. With this in mind, the Ignite content will not be designed to cover all Project Server functionality, only the new functionality of Project Server 2010 (in other words, just the deltas compared to 2007) will be presented. The Project 2010 Ignite training in Phoenix will be delivered by the following Microsoft experts: Chris Boyd, Michael Jordan, Jan Kalis, Jean-Francois Lesaux, Brian Smith, and myself.

    Project 2010 Ignite Topics Description
    Introduction and Project 2010 Overview Overview of Project 2010 Investment Areas
    Planning and Design Overview of key supporting architecture for Project Server 2010 including the new SharePoint Services layer, new Project Server server-level settings, usage of Windows Communications Foundation, etc.
    Upgrade and Deployment Overview of Project Server 2010 setup, farm deployment, migration and upgrade from prior versions.
    Administration Overview of all key farm administrator’s tasks (timesheets, reporting, demand management, line of business integration, etc.)
    Operations Overview of Project Server 2010 server farm operations (monitoring, patching, business continuity management, etc.).
    Customization Overview of all new customization capabilities of Project 2010; will cover both desktop and server enhancements.

    Phoenix Event Dates:
    • Welcome Reception
      • Saturday, September 12, 2009 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
    • Ignite Airlift
      • Sunday, September 13, 2009 from 8:00am – 6:00pm
      • Monday, September 14, 2009 from 8:00am – 4:00pm

    Event Location

    Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 340 N 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004

    Registration and Contact Information:

    If you have any questions regarding the Microsoft Project 2010 Ignite delivery prior to the Project Conference, please contact us from 8:00am – 5:00pm (PST), Monday through Friday at: +1 (800) 528-1668 - Toll Free Telephone Number - US & Canada only
    +1 (360) 253-2971 - Registration Telephone Number - Worldwide
    Email us at:

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    Windows Server 2008 R2 Desktop Tweaks

    With the recent RTM release of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 on July 22, I have updated all my desktops and laptops to Windows 2008 R2, so far no driver issues on any machine (How to upgrade your laptop/desktop to Windows Server 2008 R2?).

    One thing I could not figure was how to display a preview of pictures using Windows Explorer and other visual effects that are standard with Windows 7.

    Thanks to a Microsoft colleague the solution is simple, go to System Properties –> Advanced –> Performance Settings and check Show thumbnails instead of icons and voila!


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    The Ultimate Demo Machine: Get Ready to Demo Project and SharePoint Server 2010

    Doug just posted this important post: BE A DEMO MASTER – HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE RECOMMENDATIONS NOW AND BEYOND This cowboy looks familiar, I think he’ll be around in Phoenix :)


    Related links:
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    Information Worker Competence Center - Achieving Business Success with your Collaboration Infrastructure (white paper)

    A good read that was recently published on TechNet, that discusses the role of the Project Management Office for instance: Information Worker Competence Center - Achieving Business Success with your Collaboration Infrastructure (white paper). On a similar topic you might want to read this recently published whitepaper as well: The Project Management System Maturity Model


    Competence Centers are the standard approach to managing shared business infrastructures such as Enterprise Resource Management and Business Intelligence. With the increasing importance of team and collaborative work we adopt a similar approach. Many organizations are now responding to the growing demand for collaboration by managing their infrastructure in this way. Investments in the collaboration realm are not just about the IT solution but about implementing IT-enabled change especially since “Business Value is generated by what organizations do with IT rather than by the technology itself”. This is especially valid for the latest Web 2.0 technologies providing strong bottom-up elements engaging a broad base of workers through communities, ad-hoc projects, team work and social networking.

    This Whitepaper outlines the functions an Information Worker Competence Center should include and in return what contributions to business success you should expect.

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    My Top Microsoft Project 2010 Technical Preview Features

    Following a similar blog post today from Arpan Shah’s entitled: My Top Office 2010 Tech Preview Features I wanted to share my top Microsoft Project 2010 and Microsoft Project Server 2010 features.

    Similarly I have been using it for while to plan programs/projects for this upcoming exciting launch year and I have also demoed it to a lucky few :)

    So far my favorite features are (I’m sure I will revisit this list in the futures…)

      Product Feature Related Project Conference Session
    1 Project Professional 2010 Project 2010 - Project Planning and Scheduling Capabilities
    2 Project Professional 2010 Project 2010 – Team Planning and Coordination
    3 Project Server 2010 Project Server 2010 - Demand Management
    4 Project Server 2010 Project Server 2010 - Portfolio Management
    5 Project Server 2010 Project Server 2010 - Scheduling on the Server
    6 Project Server 2010 Project Server 2010 - Timesheets and Task Management Improvements
    7 Project Server 2010 Deploying and Administering Project Server 2010
    8 Project Server 2010 Project Server 2010 - Better Reporting using Microsoft BI Capabilities
    9 Project Server 2010 Project 2010 - Programmability
    10 Project Server 2010 can’t tell yet :)

    As you can guess I cannot say much so come over to Phoenix (need reasons to attend see this)!

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    Under the Table – How Data Access Code Affects Database Performance

    Just read this great article from Bob Beauchemin in MSDN Magazine: How Data Access Code Affects Database Performance. It’s a great reminder when you do customization why using stored procedure to access your database is a must compared to building queries on the fly within your C# code for instance. So next time you access the Project Server database create a custom stored procedure it will save you from trouble down the road :)

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    Upcoming Project Server Reporting Webcast: “Project Server Report Pack II - The top reports”

    As announced by Jan Upcoming “Project Server Report Pack II - The top reports” WebCast , with the recent release of our core demo image (Project and Portfolio Management (PPM/EPM) VPC v4 Available for Download) came a lot of valuable reports that will help you with your day to day EPM activities, hence I highly encourage all of you to attend that webcast to learn more about it schedule 8/19/2009 at 8am PST.

    A peak :)


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    Microsoft Project 2010 Technical Preview Invites Have Been Sent

    Please read the important announcement from Doug last week on his blog about the Project 2010 Technical Preview: Project/Project Server 2010 Technical Preview keys issued 

    We are pleased to announce the issuing of the Technical Preview keys for the 2010 release of Project and Project Server. The email was issued from  Due to the limited number of invitations available, if you applied and have not yet received an invitation you will be automatically wait listed. There is only one invitation per organization. We will review uptake in Mid-August and reallocate the remaining keys. The keys are issued under the terms of the Non Disclosure Agreement. Any questions outside of this please post to this blog entry.

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    SQL Server 2008 R2 CTP Released

    The Community Technology Preview (CTP) was released this morning to TechNet and MSDN subscribers.

    The Self-Service Business Intelligence aspect of this next SQL released due next year could be a major enhancement to Project Server reporting.

    To learn more:

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