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Recently got this question on the Project Server 2010 Forums: How can I edit Project custom fields (CF) in Project Web Access?
Before I give you the answer let me remind everyone that you can do so using Project Professional 2010.
So let’s assume I have created three Project CF, we will leverage the new Project Detail Pages (PDP) capability to create a custom page and will add a web part that will enable editing these fields:
This procedure also demonstrates the power and flexibility of the new Project Detailed Page infrastructure combined with Enterprise Project Type!
Ever heard of this great new feature of SharePoint 2010: Developer Dashboard (DD)? Bill Baer did a great post last year introducing its capability: Welcome to the Developer Dashboard. I personally think the name could be misleading and that you might think it’s only for Developers and folks that add custom webpart on a SharePoint site; well I think even in an out of the box site, DD could help any farm administrator, IT Professional get a an understanding why a page is taking a specific amount of time to load.
For instance in my Project Server 2010 demo image I have built an Excel Services dashboard with lots of webparts to light up my structured Project Portfolio Management data. With DD I can easily breakdown the load time and potentially take action to optimize rendering:
DD will obviously not give you all answers you need to solve performance/page load issues (for instance you might have to talk to your SQL guru to optimize T-SQL queries or C# developer to optimize their webpart algorithm or tell your end user that they have put too many webparts on a page). In the end it will make the life of any user and a lot easier to understand page load in SharePoint 2010 and hence Project Server 2010.
Script to turn on/off DD (not do not turn it ON in your production server since it will activate it for all pages for all users in your farm!) (copy and paste in a file and save with .BAT extension then execute in your farm):
echo off @SET UTILS_ROOT=C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\BIN @echo ENABLE Developer Dashboard @echo ================================================================ "%UTILS_ROOT%\stsadm" -o setproperty -pn developer-dashboard -pv ondemand @echo DISABLE Developer Dashboard @echo ================================================================ REM "%UTILS_ROOT%\stsadm" -o setproperty -pn developer-dashboard -pv off PAUSE
@SET UTILS_ROOT=C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\BIN
@echo ENABLE Developer Dashboard @echo ================================================================
"%UTILS_ROOT%\stsadm" -o setproperty -pn developer-dashboard -pv ondemand
@echo DISABLE Developer Dashboard @echo ================================================================
REM "%UTILS_ROOT%\stsadm" -o setproperty -pn developer-dashboard -pv off
As announced on the main project blog Project Web Access (PWA) now becomes Project Web App: PWA now stands for Project Web App. For more information on what is a web app, check out the definition from Wikipedia: Web Application:
A sneak peak of the new name in a recent Project Server 2010 build:
This is a great topic I was planning to write on for a while and now that the Excel team has officially done a great series of posts on the topic, I figured it’s time to give my 2 cents. Again if you have never heard of Web App and in particular Excel please read these few recent posts: http://blogs.msdn.com/excel/
So how does Excel Web App fit into a Project Server 2010 deployment? Some ideas that spring to mind:
I’m sure you can come up with a lot more scenarios. Typically once the data has been captured you can either “paste” it in a Project Custom Field for instance or use both Excel Services API and the Project Server PSI to automate data transfer/workflow/validation.
As a reminder Excel Services and Excel Web App are two separate things as summarize on one of the Excel recommended post from above:
Excel Services: Version two of our real-time, interactive, Excel-based reporting and dashboard capabilities which ship as part of SharePoint Server 2010. Also included are APIs which enable rich business application development. Excel Web App: The companion to the Excel client which extends the ability to create, view, edit, and collaborate on Excel workbooks using only a browser.
How about InfoPath? Yes InfoPath 2010 has great enhancements as well but I think Excel Web App might be a better alternative for some of the scenarios mentioned above.
Not to mention other enhancements of Excel 2010 such as support for REST, never heard of this? Check out this great post from Andrew Lavinsky - Document Automation with the REST.API. Must read blog post about Excel Services and its extensibility is this one: Summary – new programmability capabilities in Excel Services, just amazing how far you can go and potentially nail you customer’s business needs with a little of code and Excel …!
Bottom line, similar to all the great reporting options we have in 2010, Excel Web App (in addition to Excel Services which is required in project Server 2010) brings another set of capabilities to a Project Server deployment. Stay tune for more information on this subject (a white paper maybe :)).
Two recent must read posts from both the SharePoint and Office teams to better prepare your 2010 server and desktop requirements. The release is around the corner so ensure you are 2010 ready!
As a reminded the following exists today on TechNet: Determine hardware and software requirements (Project Server 2010). (includes Project Professional 2010 and Project Web App (Microsoft Project 2010 Welcomes Project Web App!) requirements as well).
Please note that Project Server 2010 does NOT support Windows Vista nor Windows 7 deployments!
Guess who’s hands are below, a tip: the ring on the right hand is a Canadian Iron Ring ?
Timely subject with the following resources recently released on the topic; check out the following to learn more about it:
In case you did not know we have a number of Forums for Project 2010 as listed below. These Forums are monitored by product experts from Microsoft and MVPs so don’t be shy and ask all your 2010 questions there. It’s great to see the feedback so far.
General questions, comments and discussions on Project Server 2010.
Discuss setup, upgrade & migration, administration and operation for Project Server 2010.
Discuss customizations and programming for Project Web Access 2010, Project Server 2010, Project Professional 2010 and Project Standard 2010. Includes User Interface (UI) customizations, Project Server Interface (PSI) and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) Programming.
General questions, comments and discussions on Project Professional 2010.
Following this post last May 2009: My Favorite Microsoft Project RSS Feeds, my please below an OPML file with the latest Project related RSS feeds I read everyday (see these instructions for instance to import OMPL in IE http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Import-and-export-RSS-feeds-in-Internet-Explorer). It’s great to see increase in content in the past 9 months!
If I have missed anyone’s blog that contains Microsoft Project content please let me know and I will gladly publish an updated list next time.
(click OMPL link below , in IE right click View Source and save file on your local hard drive)
[updated on Jan. 28th, direct download link is now live: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=8e709e2e-c9a1-4c7e-90d6-a52bcc8e5daf]
As Doug mentioned it just got released today, it’s all based on the Public Beta (B2): Microsoft Project 2010 Beta Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Solution demo image now available for download
Happy download (10GB compressed) and Project 2010 demos!
Partners & Customers - Instructions on how to download the Microsoft Project 2010 EPM Solution demo image, installation instructions and associated presenter’s script by sending an email to the Proj2010@microsoft.com alias.
Please note that this is an Hyper-V image and hence it requires Windows Server 2008 as the base operating system for it to run (not to mentioned at least 8GB of RAM, and ideally a Solid State Drive for optimal performance, see this: http://blogs.msdn.com/chrisfie/archive/2009/08/13/the-ultimate-demo-machine-get-ready-to-demo-project-and-sharepoint-server-2010.aspx).
Demo image contains (SharePoint Server Enterprise 2010, Project Server 2010, Office 2010, Project Professional 2010, Visio 2010, Visual Studio 2010 and more…):
Quick reminder that the following Project 2010 webcasts will be delivered by Project MVPs this month, starting tomorrow (audiences are end user, IT Professionals and Developers). To view all EPM recorded webcasts/podcasts go to the following: http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/epm.aspx