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Adding a new resource rate effective on a specific date

If you want to change a resource’s rate on all future assignments but maintain the original rate on past assignments, follow the steps below: In PWA, navigate to the Resource Center. Check the box next to the names of ...

Preventing Resource Over Allocation in Microsoft Project Server

This is part 2 in a 4 part series on Managing Resource Allocation in Project Server. If you missed part 1, check it out here before you read this post. Here are a few tips on preventing over allocations: Assign Generic Reso ...

Estimating Duration and Work in Microsoft Project

We recently received a question from a user regarding Work and Duration estimates. She wanted to know how to estimate both and let MS Project calculate the percentage of a person’s time that would be allocated to the task. In ...

Project Conference 2014: Save the Date

From our friends at Microsoft…. The premiere event for the worldwide Microsoft Project Community is back.Join us February 2-5, 2014 in Anaheim, CA for Project Conference 2014. Visit www.msprojectconference.com and sign up to ...

Viewing Resource Allocations

This is part 1 of a 4 part series on managing resources with Project Server. Does anyone ever have enough resources to do the work in the time allocated? If you happen to be someone who does, please leave me a comment and ex ...

Managing Resource Allocations in Project Server

For those of you who have ever pulled your hair out over attempting to manage resource allocations in Project Server, you have landed in the right spot. Well, almost. I’m going to write a 4 part series all about managing reso ...

Additional Project Server 2013 Comparison

Good Afternoon Folks, In addition to my webcast on this topic and Blog: Which Project 2013 offering is right for you?:  PM , thank you Microsoft for publishing the following TechNet article A feature/function comparison ...

Did you Know: Co-Authoring in Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 (and Office 2010)

Thank you Microsoft for the TechNet articles that explains the Co-Authoring features with the 2013 SharePoint/Office and the 2010 versions.  We find the grid on the bottom particularly helpful.  We have found this f ...

How to bring cumulative data in OLAP cube

By default the cumulative data is not available in Project Server OLAP cube. These fields are required if you would like to show earned vs. burned hours. To add the cumulative fields in OLAP cube you need to create custom mea ...

PM in a candy store: Which Project 2013 offering is right for you?

These links are provided as reference.  Thank you all who attended my MPUG webinar on June 5th, 2013.  Hope this helps you and your organization.  Contact info@msprojectnow.com for more information. Here are a ...

Project Server 2010 and SharePoint 2010: one farm or multiple?

We have been asked to provide additional information on SharePoint Farms (Single or multiple) – this 2010 blog from Christophe is one that we like to reference. Your First Question should be are you at the same version of Sha ...

Administrative Backup in Project Server 2013

Sigh. In Project Server 2010 you can easily backup and restore item-level objects through the administrative backup setting. Item-level objects that can be backed up are: Projects Enterprise Resource Pool and Calendars ...

Project Online: A Comprehensive Guide

  Project Online is the Project Portfolio Management component service in Office 365. It is procured as a standalone service or added as part of an Office 365 Enterprise (E) Service Plan. http://www.microsoft.com/en-pk ...

Error: Cube build failed to connect to the Analysis Services server. Verify the data source connection is valid

We were getting below error message while building the OLAP cube in Project Server 2010. Error: Cube build failed to connect to the Analysis Services server. Verify the data source connection is valid We use msmdpump.dll as w ...

Ask the Experts: Resource Center produces “To Add resources….” message

Question:  Hi, I have a question regarding Resource Center. When I click Resources link in Project Server 2013 the expectation is to get a list of available resources but somehow something has changed instead of having l ...

Ask the Experts: Good afternoon I need to make a query on the database projectserver 2007

Question:  Good afternoon I need to make a query on the database projectserver 2007. This query should return if a user has access to a project Thanks in advance   Answer:  We recommend leveraging the EPM Repor ...

Assigning Resources to Summary Tasks

Although it is possible to assign resources to summary tasks in Microsoft Project, it’s a bad idea. Assign resources to detail tasks only, otherwise you are duplicating the work that is calculated. In Project 2013, there’s ev ...

Error opening the Project Plan in Project Professional from PWA

Users were getting below error while opening the project plan in Project Professional from PWA. Error: Project cannot open the file Check that the file name and path are correct Check that the file format is recognized by Pr ...

Designing and Deploying workflows with Project Server 2013

Last week I delivered the webinar on how to design and deploy workflows using SharePoint Designer 2013 for Project Server 2013. You can download the deck from http://downloads.msprojectnow.com/PS2013-Designing-ProjectServer2 ...

Task Path in Microsoft Project Professional 2013

The Task Path button can be found on the Format Ribbon and when you click it, you have four options: Predecessors, Driving Predecessors, Successors and Driven Successors. The first two are explained below and from that you wi ...

MS Project 2013 Certification Exams are out!

Find information on the new Project 2013 certification exams here: Managing Programs and Projects with Project Server 2013 and Managing Projects with Microsoft Project 2013. Want to brush up on your skills before attempting ...

Macro to export Resource non working time to Excel

I created a below macro while helping one of users in project forum to create a report which lists all resources and shows their 'unavailability' (i.e. working time exceptions) 1. Open the Project File 2. Press Alt + F 11 3 ...

Ask the Expert: How do I Change several Start Dates at the same time?

  We have a great custom tool that allows you to change multiple Project Start Dates – so if you are interested in that … Contact Us. However this question was around Changing Task Start Dates.In Project, select all the ...

My Sites: We’re almost Ready!

We were getting “We’re almost Ready” message for any of the navigation links like Newsfeed, SkyDrive etc. in My Site. When we reviewed the application event log we found below error for SharePoint Portal Server. Error : My Si ...