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England, Project Server 2013 and learning

Before I begin I hope everyone had a great Christmas and I wish you all a great 2013!

A lot of great things will happen in 2013. SharePoint & Project Server 2013 are out and I will be playing around with that and off course Project Online the cloud version of Project Server is on the horizon. Happy times I would say.

Now in December I had the pleasure of going to England to our Partner/Colleagues Corporate Project Solutions. The purpose of this visit to play and learn everything I could within three weeks of Project Server 2013. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone at CPS for this great experience.  It was a honor to work with such a talented bunch of people.

So what did I learn?

I tried to learn as much as I can on some of the below topics:

  • Installing Project Server 2013.
  • Configuring new Exchange features (Task aggregation and Out of Office Sync)
  • ADFS and Office365 integration (Interesting topic with the coming of Project Online)
  • The new Project Server SharePoint Permission Model
  • The Transition from SharePoint Task List to Enterprise Projects
  • New Timesheet enhancements

Off course I did a lot more but these are the highlights. I’ll will blog about all these subjects as soon as I get around to it to give some more insight in the installation and new features.

In this post Ill talk a little about my experience when installing Project Server 2013.

One of the first things I started with at CPS was the installation of Project Server 2013. If you are familiar with the installation of SharePoint and Project Server 2010 you quickly realize that the core installation process of SharePoint 2013 and Project Server 2013 is almost identical.

So I won’t bore you with that except one note. I was building my environment on Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012. Strangely you still need to install the SQL Server Native Client 2008 and SQL Server 2008 ASAMO10 for the cube to build successfully. 

So what else?

Well there are some small changes like when you provision a Project Web App by default it will have the SharePoint Security Model. (I’ll talk about this model in a different post.) It can be turned back to the Project Server classic mode but only via PowerShell.

Project Server Mode (Classic)

Set-SPProjectPermissionMode –URL http://servername/pwa -AdministratorAccount domain\accountname -Mode ProjectServer

And if you wish back to SharePoint Mode. Note: Switching between SharePoint permission mode and Project Server permission mode deletes all security related settings.

SharePoint Mode

Set-SPProjectPermissionMode –URL htt://servername/pwa –AdministratorAccount domain\accountname –Mode SharePoint

With the coming of Project Online Microsoft has chosen to move some of the web functionality from the server setting to SharePoint Central Administration.


General Queue Settings also have been moved from PWA Server settings to the Project Server Service Application.


Is this it?

Well from what I learned these are the most notable. Off course there are some other additions but those are more SharePoint related then Project Server.

This is it for now in my next post I’ll talk about the new SharePoint permission model.

As for now I am done, again I wish you a good 2013 see you next year!

via SpeakingSilent » Robin Kruithof http://speakingsilent.wordpress.com/2012/12/31/england-project-server-2013-and-learning/

Robin Kruithof
I am Robin Kruithof. I am working at CXS in the Netherlands as a Microsoft Project Consultant. My passion lies in Project Management and everything in the Project Management domain.

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