Before you install this service pack there are some very important things to understand. In this mail I'll try to provide you with the resources you need to be successful in your updates. It is essential that you understand the appropriate links, and thoroughly read the guidance and test out the patch in a separate environment prior to a production rollout.
I also encourage everyone to attend the Project 2007 Service Pack 2 Overview webcast scheduled for April 29 at 8 am Pacific Time, and April 30 at 5 pm Pacific Time (webcast details are posted on EPMConnect). Adrian Jenkins and Christophe will cover the following topics during the webcast: SP2 Overview, April Cumulative Update Overview, Deployment Best Practices, Next Steps, Questions and Answers.
Service Pack 2 (SP2) Description
Service Pack 2 (SP2) Download Center Page
Service Pack 2 (SP2) Deployment Resources
Service Pack 2 (SP2) Related Technical Resources
Project Service Pack 2 High Level Benefits Project Standard and Project Professional
Once your farm has been properly updated the new SP2 product version will be: 12.0.6422.1000.
Getting Ready for Project Server 2010
As part of the SP2 release we announced the following requirements for the next release of SharePoint and Project Server: Windows Server 2008 and 64 bit. We will be publishing guidance on how to upgrade your existing Project Server 2007 farm to Windows Server 2008 64 bit in the coming weeks on TechNet. Expect full system requirements for Project Server 2010 at a latter date.
Please note we will release a Service Pack 2 for Project Portfolio Server 2007 within the next two months, I will send an email once it has been released.
For those of you on the on SP2 webcast this morning, a question that we hear often around updates come up - how can I check which version of the project client everyone has? Christophe has posted a solution on his blog - http://blogs.msdn.com/chrisfie/archive/2009/04/30/how-to-check-project-2007-version-using-vba.aspx
The Gantt Chart view is the most commonly used view in Project. It lists the tasks in your project, and illustrates their relationship to one another and the schedule using Gantt bars. Let's look a little more closely at each portion of the view.
First, let's take a look at the left portion of the view. This portion uses a table format, and is where each of the tasks, summary tasks, and subtasks in your project are listed. You can use this table to enter new tasks, indent or outdent your existing tasks, set task durations, and identify predecessor tasks.
The right portion of the view illustrates the tasks, dates, and durations across a timeline. You can adjust the timeline units and change the formatting of the bars on the Gantt chart.
For more information about the Gantt Chart view, see Work with the Gantt Chart view. For more information about other views in Project 2007, see Overview of Project views.
Video demo: Using SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services with the Project Server 2007 Cube Building Service
This two-part video demonstration walks through the steps necessary to configure the Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 cube building services for use with SQL Server Analysis Services 2005.
Walkthrough: Deploy Project Server 2007 to a server farm environment
This article contains a white paper and a four-part video series which provide a walkthrough of a typical Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 deployment. The white paper contains step-by-step instructions for each step necessary to successfully deploy Office Project Server 2007. The video series mirrors the steps described in the white paper.
The Challenges of Selecting Enterprise Software
This is the latest article by Chris Vandersluis in the "From the Trenches" column on the Project Server 2007 TechCenter.
Virtualizing Project Server 2007
This chapter includes six topics that explain hyper-v architecture and best practices for planning, installing, and configuring a Project Server 2007 deployment on Hyper-V.
Deploy Project Server 2007 Updates
This article provides a general overview of the types of updates that are available to for Project Server 2007. It describes important things to know about each update types, as well as links to separate articles on each update type.
Deploy cumulative updates (Project Server 2007) (updated)
This article has been updated to provide more information about cumulative update server packages for Project Server 2007 farms deployed with Office SharePoint Server 2007. It has also been updated to describe client cumulative update dependencies required for cumulative updates including the Project Server infrastructure update.
Checklist for deploying Project Server 2007 updates
This checklist provides a list of general steps required to update a Project Server 2007 farm deployment.
Manage Active Directory synchronization in Project Server 2007 (Updated)
This article has been updated with information about how synchronization deadlocks occur and how to go about removing a deadlock if it occurs.
Office Project Server 2007 Performance Counters
This technical reference article provides a list of performance indications you can monitor in Project Server 2007.
Inventory of SQL Server databases for a typical Project Server 2007 deployment
This technical reference article provides a list of databases that are created in a Project Server 2007 and Portfolio Server 2007 deployment.
Requirements for using SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services with the Project Server 2007 Cube Building Service (Updated)
This article has been updated to refer to the Feature Pack for SQL Server 2005 - December 2008. The Analysis Management Objects installed with the SQL Server 2005 Management Objects that were in earlier versions of the SQL Server 2005 Feature pack required a workaround in order for the Cube Building Service to function correctly.
Project Server 2007 Webcasts
This set of articles describes and links to archived Project Server TechNet Webcasts. Topics include server administration, network communication, workload scenarios and reference architecture, and data flow.
Prepare for migration to Project Server 2007 (updated)
This article has been updated to describe the best practice of applying the latest update to the Project Professional 2007 client from which you run the migration tool to ensure that it has the latest updates.
Service Pack 2 (SP2) for the 2007 Microsoft Office System is due to ship April 28th. Join Adrian Jenkins and Christophe Fiessinger to get an overview of Project 2007 and Project Server 2007 updates in SP2, recommended best practices to deploy SP2 in your environment, and answer your questions about SP2.
For more information see Christophe's blog post.