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More #SharePoint / #ProjectServer 2010 Service Pack 2 details #SP2010 #PS2010

So I see my fellow bloggers Paul and Khurram posted about Service Pack 2 for SharePoint and Project Server 2010.

Having looked around the blog-o-sphere, I came across some extra information that I believe will be useful to all:

Known issues when you install Office 2010 SP2 and SharePoint 2010 SP2
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2687520

In particular if you are installing Office 2010 SP2 on Windows Server 2003 (SP2) you will need to install this patch first: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925336 

For SharePoint Server SP2 on Windows Server 2008 R2, you need to be careful of your custom XSL views from SharePoint Designer.  Apparently they break but the fix is already available and it is recommended to install the June 2013 CU (or later) on top of the SP2

Links for June 2013 CU for SharePoint 2010:

The Full Server Packages for June 2013 CU are available through the following links:

After installing the fixes you need to run the SharePoint 2010 Products Configuration Wizard on each machine in the farm.

Locations of all the SP2 download packages around SharePoint, Project Server, FAST, Office Web Apps, Office 2010 products etc…

Next up is that we of course need to consider the different products that we have installed in our farms.  Do we have FAST or Office Web Apps?

This link will help: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2687522

Further links are available here, including Office, Project, Visio, SharePoint Designer and the CSOM binaries:

    I haven’t seen a service pack 2 for the language packs yet, but will update if it comes up soon.

Changes for SharePoint / Office 2010 SP2 that are not in Cumulative / Public Updates

Handily Microsoft have also released a spreadsheet detailing the changes and additions as part of Service Pack 2.  Be aware that these are not included in any previous CU / PU.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2687453

 

Ok, hopefully you will all find the above useful.  Till the next time…

Using the “Inactivate Tasks” functionality

Inactivate task is a new feature for EPM2010; this feature enables the project manager to set certain tasks to inactive rather than deleting the tasks. This functionality is also useful for performing what-if analysis.

The following paragraph from Microsoft explains that intended usage of the inactivate task functionality:

“Microsoft Project Professional 2010 enables you to cancel a task but keep a record of the task in the project plan. This is called inactivating the task. The task remains in the project plan, but does not affect resource availability, the schedule or how other tasks are scheduled. Note: Inactivating a task is a feature available only with Project Professional.
Why would you want to inactivate a task? For one thing, it can help you model the effects of schedule or resource constraints on the project without deleting tasks permanently. Also, inactive tasks remain in the project plan, providing a record of cancelled tasks and enabling you to reactivate them if circumstances change.
Note: Inactivation is nor a good way to archive complete tasks, because it could have unanticipated effects on the remaining schedule. Instead, mark the tasks as completed.”
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/project-help.inactivate-a-task-HA010370341.aspx

Please see the following best practise guidelines for using inactive tasks:

  • When in the planning phase, if you decide that a task or tasks are not required, at this stage use the inactivate task feature to set tasks to inactive rather than deleting the tasks. this will give you the option to quickly make these tasks active at a later date if there is a requirement for these tasks.
  • Inactive tasks do not affect resource availability. Baseline values that have already been taken are retained, but any new baselines taken will not include data for inactive tasks.
  • Tasks that have actual work cannot be made inactive.
  • Inactive tasks are not published, so inactive task assignments will not appear on a team member’s task list.
  • Inactive tasks are available to report on via the Project Server OLAP cube, so care should be taken when reporting that these tasks are/aren’t included depending on the figures required. The “Task is Active” field  can be used to include or exclude inactive tasks. If you do not see this field in your OLAP cube, it may be that the EPM administrator has not enabled inactive tasks in the cube.

#ProjectServer 2010 / 2007 high-level Audit Export via #PowerShell #MSProject #PS2010 #EPM

March 9, 2012 1 comment

Quite often there is a request for audit information from Project Server but unfortunately there is nothing available out of the box. This post covers a very high-level solution to this using the Project Server PSI and PowerShell.

Most actions in Project Server are processed via the Project Server queue, one simple way to get high-level audit information is to extract the queue information. The following PowerShell script uses the ReadAllJobStatusSimple method from the Queue System web service to export yesterdays processed jobs into a txt file with yesterday date appended to the filename:

$Today = Get-Date
$Yesterday = $Today.AddDays(-1).ToString("yyyy-MM-d")
$Filename = "C:\PSAuditExport\QueueExport-"
$filetype = ".txt"
$svcPSProxy = New-WebServiceProxy -uri "http://vm353/pwa/_vti_bin/PSI/QueueSystem.asmx?wsdl" -useDefaultCredential
$svcPSProxy.ReadAllJobStatusSimple("$Yesterday 00:00:01", "$Yesterday 23:59:59", "200", "0", "QueueCompletedTime" ,"Ascending").Status | Export-CSV $Filename$Yesterday$filetype -Delimiter "|"

For the full post please see:

http://pwmather.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/projectserver-2010-2007-high-level-audit-export-via-powershell-msproject-ps2010-epm/

I passed the #MSProject and #ProjectServer exams #in #MSPC12 #SharePoint #PS2010 #SP2010

February 7, 2012 2 comments

Just a quick blog post to say that I took the Microsoft Project and Project Server 2010 exams last week and I am pleased to say that I passed.

Details:

70-177 – Microsoft Project Server 2010, Configuring

70-178 – Microsoft Project 2010, Managing Projects

For those who are interested in taking the exams and learning more about Microsoft Project / Project Server can I recommend that you don’t miss out on the event of the year:

 

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Not only will various speaker sessions be available (including myself and my client!) but you will have an opportunity to try for these exams yourself for free!:

Mark the location & date in your calendar: Phoenix, Arizona (March 19th – 22nd 2012) and if you decide to come, let me know and we’ll meet up.

Office 2010 / #MSProject 2010 SP1 + June 2011 Cumulative Update links #ProjectServer #SharePoint #SP2010 #PS2010

August 8, 2011 Leave a comment

As ever, now that my server environment is starting to stabilise after installing SP1 + June 2011 CU (Security Validation issues aside of course), we are now looking at updating the clients to reflect the update.

This is especially important in a Project Server / Microsoft Project 2010 environment.

As a result, here are some useful links that took me a while to dig out for the Office / Project 2010 client updates:

Project 2010

Project 2010 Service Pack 1 x86:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=C72141FE-D264-4F6E-AE09-D0FBD32DE5D5

Project 2010 Service Pack 1 x64:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=CE1FD136-A1F4-4FF5-909B-50808D6F39CB

Project 2010 – June Cumulative Update 2011 x86 & x64:

http://support.microsoft.com/hotfix/KBHotfix.aspx?kbnum=2536590&kbln=en-us

NB: only update binary available for Project 2010 in the June 2011 CU

Office 2010

Office 2010 Service Pack 1 x86:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9D2E1282-8B69-418B-AFA0-9F61239EC8BE

Office 2010 Service Pack 1 x64:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=E9F3C2D0-C321-4910-A4CE-B2F294B42D65

Office 2010 – June Cumulative Update 2011 x86 & x64:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2553023
NB: no single update binary available, update client applications as required.

Other Useful Links:

On my travels I also found this other link which lists all the updates for the SharePoint and Office Systems:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/ee748587.aspx

Slipstream #Project Professional 2010 updates #MSProject #PS2010 #PS2007 #ProjectServer #MSOffice

August 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Following on from my previous post Customising the Project Professional install, this post looks at slipstreaming the Project Professional 2010 updates into the Project install media. This simplifies the install as there is just one install file to run. This post will look at slipstreaming Service Pack 1 and the June 2011 Cumulative update into the Project 2010 install media. The same process applies for Project Professional 2007 but use the 2007 updates. This process also applies for other Microsoft Office applications with the relevant updates.

Firstly download the following updates:

  • Project 2010 Service pack 1 – KB 2460052
  • Project 2010 June 2011 Cumulative Update – KB 2536590

For the purpose of this post, I have both of the updates on the root of the C:\ drive, if you have the updates in a different location please update the commands to reflect the file location.

Create an Updates folder on the root of the C:\ drive

Open Command Prompt, navigate to the root of the C:\ drive and type the following command to extract Project 2010 SP1 to the new Updates folder:

project2010sp1-kb2460052-x86-fullfile-en-us.exe /extract:C:\Updates

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Press Enter and accept the license agreement in the pop up box, you will then see the files extracting dialog box

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Once complete you will then see installation complete message:

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Click OK then you will see the extracted files in the C:\Updates folder:

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Copy the contents of the C:\Updates folder and paste the contents into the Updates folder in the install media.

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Once the files have been copied to the Updates folder in the install media for Project Professional 2010, delete all of the files from the C:\Updates folder so that you are ready to extract the Project 2010 June 2011 CU.

Open Command Prompt again and navigate to the root of the C:\ drive then type the following command to extract the Project 2010 June 2011 Cumulative Update to the Updates folder:

project2010-kb2536590-fullfile-x86-glb.exe /extract:C:\Updates

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Press Enter and accept the license agreement in the pop up box, you will then see the files extracting dialog box appear followed by the  installation complete message:

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Click OK then you will see the extracted files in the C:\Updates folder:

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Copy the contents of the C:\Updates folder and paste the contents into the Updates folder in the install media.

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Now the updates have been extracted to the Updates folder in the installation media for Project Professional 2010, the updates will be applied when Project Professional 2010 is installed.

Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 1 released #in #SharePoint #SP2010 #MSProject #MSOffice #ProjectServer #PS2010

Quite a day for Microsoft today.  Office 365 has been released!!! (This blog may be moving to Office 365 soon – you can see a preview here: http://ghamson.sharepoint.com)

It is expected that the SharePoint and Project Server 2010 updates will be released in a matter of minutes / hours.

And of course the Microsoft Office 2010 client suite service pack has just been released!

Download Links:

32-bit: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=26622

64-bit: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=26617 

I will post again with SharePoint 2010 / Project Server 2010 Service Pack details as soon as possible.

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