EPM 2007 Test Data Population Tool

EPM 2007 Test Data Population Tool

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Christophe just passed along this information:

The EPM 2007 Test Data Population Tool solution starter was published on CodePlex today: http://www.codeplex.com/EPMDatapop

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The EPM 2007 Test Data Population Tool enables you to load large amounts of EPM data: resources, projects, tasks, assignments into a Project Server 2007 database. You can then use this data to test loads and help your organization plan for your Project Server 2007 deployment. This tool is similar to the EPM 2003 Data Population utility but contains more features plus since the sources are provided you can customize it to fit your specific needs.  It was written by EPM World Wide Center of Excellence (WW COE) to generate data needed to perform performance and scalability labs for large and complex EPM deployments.

The EPM 2007 Test Data Population Tool is a Win Form application that leverages the Project Server Interface (PSI) and/or WinProj (Project Professional).

This solution starter includes a 15 pages document, a setup.exe to deploy it, as well as all source code.

A special thank you to Mike Shughrue and Michael Jordan from the EPM WW COE for creating and testing the tool extensively during scalability labs, as well as Boris Scholl from the Product Marketing Group for reviewing the code and documentation. 


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Q&A

Q: Is the tool supported?

A: There is no support in terms of CSS/PSS. We expect the support being a CodePlex community effort. Please note that the customization code uses standard supported web service calls available out of the box in EPM2007.

Q: Is the tool free?

A: Yes.

Q: Can I distribute the tool and the source code to customers and partners?

A: Customers and Partners can use both. Please point them to CodePlex as they have to agree on the license terms

Q: Can a partner distribute the tool and code as is?

A: No, but he can point his customer to the website to download it, so he makes sure that the customer agrees with the license terms.

Q: Can a customer install the customization and use it?

A: Yes the customer can, but he/she is responsible for testing it and running it.

Q: Can I suggest changes to it?

A: Yes, join the CodePlex community or send us an email: epmssdev@microsoft.com

Q: Will this tool be distributed in other ways (i.e. DVDs)?

A: No.

Q: What skills do I need to modify or change the tool?

A: C#, Project Server Interface, and a good understanding of the EPM 2007 data schema.

Q: I’m trying to modify the code and do have questions. Who do I ask?

A: Go to the EPMDatapop discussion forum on CodePlex.

Regards,

Christophe Fiessinger

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