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  • Blog Post: Recommended number of Project/SharePoint Workspace

    A partner recently asked me the following question: Is there a recommended limit on how many workspaces can be created at one level? First please refer to the following SharePoint documentation on TechNet : Plan for software boundaries (Windows SharePoint Services) Site object Guidelines for acceptable...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the release of the Solution Connector for Microsoft Office Project Portfolio Server 2007 on MSDN Code Gallery

    The Solution Connector for Microsoft Office Project Portfolio Server 2007 has been released on MSDN Code Gallery: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/PPSSolutionConnector This solution starter was created to support both the Capital Planning & Investment Control for Federal Government (CPIC) and Innovation...
  • Blog Post: Project Reportcard Solution Starter On CodePlex

    Bob Segrest from BSegE LLC has recently published the following project on CodePlex: Project Reportcard ( http://www.codeplex.com/ProjectReportcard ) The Project Reportcard was developed as a tool to help Project Managers assess their projects based on organizational standards implemented by their PMO...
  • Blog Post: Project Server and PerformancePoint Server 2007 session at Business Intelligence Conference

    William Brown from Symmetry Corporation and I will be giving the following session at the upcoming Business Intelligence Conference next October in Seattle: Performance Management for Projects using Microsoft Project and Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 Microsoft Enterprise Project Management (EPM...
  • Blog Post: Project Server 2007 as a Development Platform

    From September 29 to October 2, 2008 there will be an EPMU Developer Training Class ; it’s a great opportunity to learn how to customize the Project Server 2007 platform and address you business specifics needs: Office Project Server 2007 Developer Training DESCRIPTION This course is designed for Developers...
  • Blog Post: Configure Excel Calculation Services with Project Server 2007

    Published last week on TechNet: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc770224(TechNet.10).aspx and if you want to see sample Excel Services reports in an EPM context, check the following: http://blogs.msdn.com/chrisfie/archive/2008/04/13/new-excel-services-sample-reports-for-project-server.aspx
  • Blog Post: Composite Application Guidance for WPF

    This is a major piece of IP if you are doing Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) client applications for Project for instance :) : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc707819.aspx Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) provides developers with a unified programming model for building rich Windows...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Project Fx (mpFx) Version 1.0 -- Coming Soon... Help Needed!

    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...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 and Project Server 2007

    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...
  • Blog Post: Update to Timesheet/My Tasks Tied Mode Customization on CodePlex

    Thanks to Steven Haden the Timesheet/My Tasks Tied-Mode customization has been updated to handle the case when a timesheet has been modified by a timesheet manager. I have updated the code on this solution (and converted the solution to Visual Studio 2008, and added a condition to handle a HTTPS configuration...
  • Blog Post: Latest SharePoint Developer Resources

    Following TechEd Developers USA last week please find below key updates for SharePoint developers (which all Project Server developers are :)): SharePoint Development for .NET Developers A new landing page for SharePoint developers with lots of new content. Everything from videos and online...
  • Blog Post: How to display Microsoft Project Task’s Notes field in a report

    In MS Project you have the ability to add notes to each tasks in a project plan. This data is stored as an Image Data Type in the SQL database called TASK_RTF_NOTES (note that the field TASK_NOTES is a nvarchar of size 255 , thus you’ll only get the first 255 characters displayed). So how can you render...
  • Blog Post: Project Server Developer Bookmarks

    Hello, For TechEd for Developers in Orlando I have compiled about 100 bookmarks Project developers should be aware of when customizing Project Server or Project 2007. This list contains bookmarks to key developers resources (MSDN, code samples from blogs, CodePlex, Code Gallery etc…) organized by...
  • Blog Post: VBA to VSTO

    A recurring topic these days: to customize Project Professional 2007 should I be using VBA or VSTO ? Jack Dahlgren has just published a great post on the subject: Making the move from VBA to VSTO in Microsoft Project highlighting two benefits of switching to VSTO: ClickOnce deployment ClickOnce deployment...
  • Blog Post: Project at TechED Developers next week

    Boris Scholl, Brian Smith and I will be attending TechEd Developers 2008 in Orlando next week. We’ll be delivering the following sessions: Customizing the Microsoft Office Project Web Access User Interface Line-of-Business Integration Using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft Office...
  • Blog Post: How to control Lookup Table updates?

    Brian Smith and I just finished putting together code samples for the Project Server 2007 session we’ll deliver at the TechEd Developer conference next week entitled: Line-of-Business Integration Using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 Please find the first...
  • Blog Post: Project Server 2007 Sample Databases

    I published today on MSDN Code Gallery the sample Project Server 2007 databases (the four PS databases + SharePoint’s content db) used in our latest core demonstration VPC: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/PS2007SampleDB To search all EPM projects on Code Gallery use this link . If you want to populate...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Developers Webcast

    Due to the fact that Project Server 2007 is built on top of Windows SharePoint Services V3, a lot of customizations and development around the solution leverage SharePoint. This series of webcast is thus a great opportunity to learn about performing SharePoint customizations: http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint...
  • Blog Post: How to Rename Projects After a Project Server 2007 Migration

    You have probably noticed after a Project Server 2003 to a Project Server 2007 migration that all the project name have the string “_Published” appended at the end (check Migration guide for Office Project Server 2007 ). Mike Shughrue has written a tool that will “bulk” rename all the projects in one...
  • Blog Post: Leveraging the published Project Server Reporting Database Schema

    A key success to a Project Server deployment are meaningful reports and dashboards for everyone in the organization. Even though PS comes with standard reports; in order to meet your exact business needs you might have to create custom reports using products such as SQL Server Reporting Services (which...
  • Blog Post: How to deploy the Timesheet Compliance Report

    I recently posted a series of SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) reports that are used in our newly updated EPM demo VPC: New SQL Reporting Services Sample Reports for Project Server . Since a few people asked for a step by step guide to use these reports on another Project Server instance, here is...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Launches WorldWide Simulated Robotics Competition

    Un-related to EPM :) but very cool : http://www.robochamps.com Today Microsoft unveils RoboChamps ( www.robochamps.com ), a simulated robotics league that is open to academics, hobbyists and developers from around the world, that demonstrates the power of the Microsoft platform to enable a broad range...
  • Blog Post: Active Directory/AD Resource Synch Utility on CodePlex

    Another great tool from Mike Shughrue has been published on CodePlex: http://www.codeplex.com/PS2007ADResSync From the documentation contained in the utility (zip file): Overview The out of the box active directory sync for Project Server 2007 only moves a fixed set of fields from AD to Project Server...
  • Blog Post: Tools available to test Project and Project Server 2007

    Please find below an inventory of tools that can be used to perform the following tests: Capacity Planning & Scalability Tests & Performance Tests Testing & stress testing customizations (event handlers, COM add-in …) Do not use these tools in a Production environment. Tool Description Comments...
  • Blog Post: Deploying a Custom Event Handler Has Never Been Easier!

    Last week I announced the release of a new solution starter on CodePlex: Persist SQL Server Analysis Services Roles settings Solution Starter on CodePlex , one of the great hidden treasure of that code sample is an automatic installer that deploys the custom event handler created. Mike Shughrue and Steven...
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