Reposting from Jan’s original post here on the Project Server blog.
It’s our pleasure to present you refreshed versions of our one-stop technical resources related to
· Upgrade and Migration to Project 2010 - http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9676814
· Business Intelligence for Project 2010 - http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9726143
These centers are part of the Project Server 2010 TechNet TechCenter http://technet.microsoft.com/projectserver/ee263909.aspx and their concept is to collect relevant information in one place and to give end-to-end information from getting started quickly to deep dive.
Q: How about Demand Management and Portfolio Strategy?
A: We are working on Demand Management Center that will became one stop for information about Demand Management, Portfolio Strategy, including technicalities, like building custom Demand Management Infrastructure – including workflow. This center will live on the Project Server 2010 Center on TechNet - http://technet.microsoft.com/projectserver/ee263909.aspx and will be available in few weeks.
Q: I’m a developer, what’s in there for me?
A: Many of included links include pure developer resources. We have decided not to fragment the resources between TechNet and MSDN – that’s why you might find also developer-related link to MSDN content in the above TechCenters.
· Product information and trial download
o Main product site www.microsoft.com/project
o Project Team Blog blogs.msdn.com/project
· End-User Product Help
o Project 2010 Help http://office2010.microsoft.com/project-help
o Project Server 2010 Help http://office2010.microsoft.com/project-server-help
· Interactive content – Videos/Sessions/Webcasts
o Quick Start Training - http://www.microsoft.com/project/en/us/quick-start-training.aspx
o Project Video Channel - www.microsoft.com/showcase/en/US/channels/microsoftproject
o Project Webcasts - www.microsoft.com/events/series/epm.aspx
· IT Professional related – TechNet
o TechCenter http://technet.microsoft.com/ProjectServer
o Admin Blog http://blogs.technet.com/projectadministration
· Developer related - MSDN
o Developer center http://msdn.microsoft.com/Project
o Programmability blog http://blogs.msdn.com/project_programmability
· Project & Project Server 2010 Demo Image
o Download http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9713956
o Hosted Virtual Lab http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9713654
· Got questions? Search or ask in the official Microsoft Forums
· SharePoint 2010
I wanted to point out the Project Server Cumulative Update Webcast Series that was recently mentioned on Christophe’s blog @ http://blogs.msdn.com/b/chrisfie/archive/2010/06/16/microsoft-project-and-project-server-2007-and-2010-cumulative-update-webcast-series.aspx.
While we’re currently working on documenting more backup and restore scenarios for Project Server 2010, I just wanted to highlight a recent post by Brian Smith detailing some caveats for restoring or migrating a PWA instance when following the documentation we have on TechNet as there are changes from 2007 backup and restore.
10 Jun 2010 11:18 AM
Just a quick posting on this topic pointing out a few of the changes between 2007 and 2010. We have some documents already up on TechNet – under the Operations section at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc197578.aspx, but thought this would be a useful posting to make clear what you can and cannot do.
In 2007 you could restore your 4 Project Server databases, then point your provision job at these 4 and you’d have a new PWA instance using those DBs. If you wanted your workspaces too then you’d need to copy the sites or if you’d had the forethought to use a different web application for sites then it could be even easier.
In 2010 we introduce the 5 dB restore –so you can now restore your Content database containing your PWA site (and potentially all your Project sites (workspaces,in 2007 speak), and your 4 Project Server databases, attach the Content DB to a web application and then you can provision and it will use this PWA site and the databases – rather than complaining that the /PWA site already exists – which was the case in 2007. So this is excellent – and makes it much easier to move a complete copy of the instance around.
However, there are some gotchas:
You cannot change the name of the site - but you could restore to a different web application (port) to avoid a clash if you needed to pull /PWA from one server to another server where /PWA already existed
If you change domains you might have some unexpected results – This is due to differences in accounts in different domains, and will be even more unusual if you happen to use a different farm admin from the Project admin (which would be best practice, but in a dev/test/support scenario might not be the case. The issue here is that attaching the content DB will add the farm admin as the site administrator, but will not add the Project admin when you provision the site. So you have a great Catch 22. Once you provision the PWA instance the Project admin will get an access denied on /PWA as he has no rights to the site. Farm Admin will get Access Denied (or might be unexpected error) as he is not a project server user. Simple solution is to navigate to http://servername/pwa/-layouts/user.aspx as the Farm Admin and then give the Project admin rights. Once you can connect as Project Admin then you can update users credentials as necessary.
4 DB restores will NOT work – it looks like it has worked, but if you try to drill in to a project you will see a message “Unable to open Project, no valid Project Detail Page could be found for the project.” The Project Detail Pages (PDPs) are stored in the Content DB – if you don’t; restore the Content DB then you don’t have them and cannot get to existing Projects through Project Center. You can however still access via Project Professional, so in some support or disaster recovery scenarios this might be good enough – just to get access to projects while the full recovery happens somewhere else.
You may need to use the WSS site re-linker tool – now built in to Server Settings in PWA as “Bulk Update Project Sites”. If you have changed URL die to a different port then re-linking should get your sites in order. In upgrade scenarios the “Previous Site Path” Web application might show as a GUID in the drop down – however it still works and will re-link the sites.
Cannot attach Content DB via the Central Administration UI – This is handled with very good error messages and will tell you to use stsadm if it needs to upgrade the content database due to differences of versions. You could also use the PowerShell command – mount-SPContentDatabase. The correct syntax of the stsadm command is:
stsadm –o addcontentdb –url “http;//servername:port/ –databasename Content_DB_Name
stsadm –o addcontentdb –url “http;//servername:port/ –databasename Content_DB_Name
Partial Restores using Full Farm Backup are not supported. From the UI it looks as though you should be able to select just a PWA instance and backup stuff and then restore from this backup to another farm. This isn’t supported. it will only work when restoring to the same farm and the same named /PWA site. I guess it could be used as a means of restoring the required databases, but you would still need to provision a site on the target server against the databases to get anything to work.
I am sure we will find more gotchas as we go along, and perhaps even some workarounds to recover from certain issues – but that’s all for now. Let me know of anything you feel should be added. I will probably do a more “step by step” posting with a few more details – but the TechNet articles cover those kind of details pretty well.
As you may have recently noticed all of the TechNet and MSDN blogs here at Microsoft have been given a make-over coinciding with a new platform upgrade that allows us to have a bit more flexibility in customizing our blog sites.
The one thing I’m excited to point out is the new rectangular box up there under the banner –that is a new visual overview that I’m currently working on. It will allow you to get a brief overview of Project Server 2010 features and architecture, while also showing off some of our technical diagrams that relate to any of the features being presented.
To begin the visual overview all you have to do is press the play button at the center/bottom:
After you press play, it will take a moment as the content content downloads, and then you will be presented with a few more buttons:
These allow you to go back, move forward, view a high level overview, and access more features such autoplay and enter full screen mode. I HIGHLY SUGGEST viewing in full screen mode. It makes the presentation really come alive.
Full screen mode might also come in handy if you need to make a presentation to a business decision maker or technical decision maker about some Project Server 2010 features or functionality.
I hope you enjoy this work in progress, and if you have any comments or questions please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.