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September, 2008

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    VIDEO: Review of Project 2007 Task Settings and Display Administrative Options


    This is the beginning of a video series targeted to Project Server Administrators.  These are being done by the Program Managers who own the features and are designed to give you some insight into the what and why of the administrative options.  Consequently, these are NOT professionally produced.

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    New Quick Reference Guide for Project Server


    Project managers now have a new Quick Reference Guide to help them use Project Server 2007  This quick reference guide is designed to assist project managers with using Microsoft Office Project Web Access to view, analyze, and report on information, create proposals and activity plans, and to manage project resources. This Word template can be downloaded and printed out for easy assistance while you work.

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    Team Member Quick Reference Guide


    Roaming around Project Web Access just got a little easier for team members: the Quick Reference Guide is here! This guide is designed to assist team members (not just project managers) with using Project Web Access to report on the progress of project tasks, view task details, record vacation time, and view other project information. You can download and print  the guide for easy assistance while you work.

    Note: We used Word 2007 to create this document, so you'll need to use that program to view and print the file.

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    Confusion - what is a CU or an IU versus a SP???



    Hello,  This entry in the Microsoft Project blog is designed to inform those of you who need or want clarification between the Microsoft Office Project Server Infrastructure Update (IU) and the current Cumulative Update from the Office Hotfix process.  So if that is you please read below.

    It is recommended for customers to first install the Office Project Server IU before taking on the task of installing the latest CU release.  This only needs to  be done once so if you have installed the IU patch then you can skip the rest of this blog update.  For everybody else still reading, you should follow the instructions as documented for this process here followed by the installation of the CU patch.

    This leads most users to ask WHY?  Well let me tell you WHY:

    With the IU, when you install Project Server’s update you get MOSS, and the Office Servers full set of changes or at least those which you are licensed to use.  The WSS fix is a separate installation but the IU installation notes direct users to install the WSS changes before installing the Project Server (AKA Office Server) changes.  This ensures that everybody has a complete set of changes and a good version baseline.

    With the CU releases customers will only be given the patch if they already have an open service request that is fixed with the CU or if they specifically request the Hotfix patch.  When you receive the the Project Server/Project CU patch no WSS or MOSS changes are included so installation baselines can begin to diverge from a full baseline.  While this is not ideal it also does no harm.  Keep in mind that infrastructure update (IU) is not just bug fixes but also core changes to the product with highly anticipated customer experience improvements. The IU patch can contain changes to Infrastructure code that other applications rely upon.  It is for that reason that we are recommending customers install the IU before the CU.  Therefore, IU does not equal CU and neither of these are full SP releases.  CU is just a grouped set of Hotfixes and the SP is as always a roll-up of Hotfixes with some strategic improvements from the engineering team.  The IU was a hybrid of these so this is a one off release and it comes with a one off installation recommendation.  Normal procedure is to install the latest CU patch and you will get all previous fixes since the last SP where the SP is a broader and will bring deployed systems to a common “baseline” from which Microsoft can continue to provide the highest levels of customer support.

    I trust this clears up the difference between a CU, IU and SP patch.

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    Configuring Excel Services with Project Server


    I wanted to call your attention to this new TechNet article on how to set up Excel Services with Project 2007.

    This set up procedure was developed by my Business Intelligence team with the Excel Services team.  One of the items which will make it easier to implement is that this procedure does not require Kerberos for your security setup.  It also enables report creation using a tool that is very familiar to report creators.

    Enjoy this and more original Project posts at our blog:

    In planning your Excel based reporting solution, you may also be interested in this “light” reading list below.

    Once you’ve set up your environment, these sample reports can easily be implemented.  You will need to change the data connection in each report to use the correct Single Sign On(SSO) id that you’ve configured.

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    New Help Content - August/September


    Check out the new help content that has come out over the past month.

    GPS Assistance in Roadmapping an EPM Deployment: How do you create a roadmap for an EPM implementation? This is the latest white paper by Chris Vandersluis in the "From the Trenches - Deploying the EPM Solution in the Real World" column on the Project Server TechCenter page.

    Database maintenance plans for Project Server 2007  This topic describes best practices for creating database maintenance plans for Project Server 2007 databases.

    Project Server 2007 Hyper-V guide This downloadable, 37-page document provides IT administrators with information about how to set up Project Server 2007 in a Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V environment. This guide includes technical information, procedures, and recommendations regarding planning a Project Server 2007 deployment for a Hyper-V environment in areas such as architecture, deployment, configuration best practices, system resource cost, and measuring virtual system performance.

    Create a custom field   Use this article to learn how to create, import, insert, and rename a custom field.

    Watch this: Create a custom field  This video walks you through the process of creating a custom field that is associated with a list, and that uses graphical indicators.

    Work with the Gantt Chart view  This article provides information on how to use each part of the Gantt Chart view.

    Project Server Quick Reference Guide for project managers  This quick reference guide displays all the tasks a project manager is likely to do with Project Server. A team member version is due out soon.

    Podcast: Britney Spears, the ultimate project manager This is a link to an external podcast about Britney Spears as the ultimate project manager. It is a bit tongue-in-cheek, but makes good points about project management skills in general.

    What's all this talk about Web 2.0 This Office Hours article discusses Web 2.0 and software plus services model.

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