Project Server 2013
I spotted this strange behavior on my own server – and after being put right by Adrian and realizing what the real issue was I thought we should share. If you have migrated from Project Server 2010 to Project Server 2013 then you should take a look at your administrative backups – just to make sure they are working. I took a look at my server which had half a dozen or so PWA instances all with different names (obviously) – yet when I looked at my timer jobs I saw what I initially thought were my 6 admin backups for the 6 PWA sites but all with the same name!
However, this is correct (almost) – and there is a job for each of the different items that you can back up – or 5 if you are in SharePoint Permissions mode. One ‘gotcha’ on the Project Server permissions view – the Categories and Groups option should not be there as it isn’t actually hooked up to anything – so don’t rely on having a backup of your groups and categories…
But what threw me, was that I have 6 different PWA sites, and if I look at the Daily Schedule Backup options for one of them show that I should have 2 Project versions backed up – and each of my backup items is set to schedule! (You can ignore the category and group settings option here too – it doesn’t do anything here either…). But nothing recent in my backup – last time was before migration…
It is not until I click save that I see the extra timer jobs for this other PWA instance (called PWS) created (visible through central Administration, Monitoring, Timer Job Definitions)
So if you are using Project Server 2013 always a good idea to check that you see these timer jobs – and also go in to Administrative Restore and see if there are backups showing with dates that make sense. Always better to find you have a good administrative backup before you need it – rather than after…
Hi Brian and everyone,
the behaviour has been like that since 2007. Whenever you transport/migrate an instance, none of the timer jobs are created even though the PWA settings still claim that they are running on schedule. Hence the following addition:
1) This is relevant for any kind of transport/upgrade/migration/refresh process.
2) Besides backups (5-7 jobs), the OLAP, group sync, Resource Pool sync and Resource capacity timers are affected as well.
3) Opening and saving the backup dialogue pages does not necessarily fix the issue. I have found it necessary to disable+save+enable+save the settings, or change-sync-time+save+change-sync-time-back+save.
4) Is the issue's impact large enough to warrant a future fix, even if only in Version 16?
Hi I agree with Adrian. Known issue that you have to disable / reenable scheduled backup after transport of the data to a new system. But even worse These timer jobs some day suddenly stop working and you find out some months later when you would like
to restore a backup. That forced me to create SQL Agent Jobs to check if scheduled backups still work... http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/projectserver/Server-SQL-script-to-check-f305c2be Regards Christoph
Hi Brian, despite turning the backup schedules on and off I can't seem to get them running. I had a look for the backup job in my Job Definitions but it simply doesn't exist, any thoughts?