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New article of mine on the front cover of Microsoft’s TechNet

TechnetMicrosoft has published another article on its TechNet site.  This looks at a popular topic in project management circles these days, dashboards.

With the new capabilities of EPM tools like Microsoft’s Project Server or the Oracle BI tools now linked to Primavera, there is a hunger for pretty dashboards that show arrows going up, circles going down and triangles pointing in every direction.  This article talks about what you need to know in creating project management dashboards, some pitfalls that are often overlooked when people create these displays and some of the core principles you’ll need to adopt to make dashboards a useful experience.

Now it’s flattering enough to be on the Project Server 2010 page

You can find the article on the Project Server 2010 page of TechNet but this article was deemed interesting enough that TechNet is highlighting it on the front page of TechNet at technet.microsoft.com. That’s quite remarkably flattering and kinda cool to think that the millions of people who go to TechNet every day will see it.

Microsoft’s 2012 Project Conference registration is now open

msproject_conferenceMicrosoft doesn’t do it every year but next year they will once again be holding a conference for Microsoft Project.  This usually signals that Microsoft has a new version to show us and, yes, it’s fairly certain we’ll be hearing all about Project version 15 when the conference rolls around.

The conference is March 19-22, 2012 in Phoenix.

For registration information go to: www.msprojectconference.com

Oh, and will I be there?  You bet.

Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Microsoft Project and Project Server 2010

ANNOUNCING: Announcing The Release Of Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Microsoft Project and Project Server 2010

Microsoft has announced the release of Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Project and Project Server.

You can find details on the enhancement for this service pack at: Announcing Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Project & Project Server 2010.

Microsoft recommends that you read the guidance below and the information on the service pack prior to installing:

Microsoft is also strongly recommending deploying the June 2011 Cumulative update for Project and Project Server when you install the SP1 update.

For more information go to the official Microsoft announcement at: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/project/archive/2011/05/16/project-2010-sp1.aspx

Enterprise system best practices article

My latest article on best practices for enterprise systems has just been published on Microsoft’s TechNetYou’ll find that column and a number of others on how to get the most out of selecting, planning for and deploying enterprise project management software in the Microsoft Project Server 2010 home page area of TechNet. This article looks at some of the key success/failure criteria to any enterprise system including, of course, EPM Systems.  Those factors include: finding a business owner, knowing what problem the system is supposed to solve, making sure it’s part of your enterprise technical architecture and implementing change management.  Go to Microsoft Technet’s Project Server 2010 page to read the article.

Project 2007 and 2010 April 2011 Cumulative Update

Microsoft has released the Project 2007 and 2010 Cumulative Updates (CU) dated April

Project and Project Server 2010

This include a number of fixes, so Microsoft strongly recommends that you test this in a test environment based on your production environment before putting this fix live in production.

Server Rollup Package(Recommended):

Description of the SharePoint Server 2010 and Project Server 2010 Cumulative Update Server Hotfix Package (MOSS server-package, Project server-package): April 26, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2512801

Individual Project Server Package:

Only required if you do not install the Server Rollup.

Description of the Project Server 2010 hotfix package (pjsrvwfe-x-none.msp): April 26, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2516483

Project Client Package:

Description of the Office Project 2010 hotfix package (project-x-none.msp): April 26, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2516479

More information on deploying the Cumulative Update:

The article below provides information on how to deploy the Project Server Cumulative Update.

Updates for Project Server 2010

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/projectserver/gg176680.aspx

As Project Server 2010 is now based on SharePoint Server 2010 Microsoft strongly recommends that you install the Project Server 2010 Server Rollup Package as there are a large number of individual server packages for SharePoint Server. The Project Server 2010 Server Rollup Package contains all the patches released in this Cumulative Update for SharePoint Foundation Server 2010, SharePoint Server 2010 and Project Server 2010.

For those accustomed to Project Server 2007 Cumulative Updates, you should note that the MOSS Server Rollup Package does not contain the Project Server patches. You will need to make sure that you install the MOSS + Project Server Rollup Package (the link is provided below). As in Project Server 2007, the Server Rollup Packages are much larger but they will greatly simplify your Project Server patch deployment.

Client Installation:

Installation of the client patch is straightforward and is the same as it was in Project 2007. The instructions for installing the client patch are below.

NOTE: Microsoft strongly recommends testing within a NON-Production environment prior to rollout.

  1. Download the hotfix from the link in the KB Article.
  2. Extract the patch package by running the .exe file that you downloaded.
  3. Run the extracted .exe file to apply the patch to your Project Professional/Standard client.

Project and Project Server 2007

This include a number of fixes, so Microsoft strongly recommends that you test this in a test environment based on your production environment before putting this fix live in production.

The article below provides information on how to deploy the Project Server Cumulative Update.

You can read about the fixes included in the April CU from the following articles:

Server Rollup Packages:

Description of the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Cumulative Update Server Hotfix Package (WSS server-package): April 26, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2512783

Description of the Office SharePoint Server 2007 Cumulative Update server hotfix package (MOSS server-package): April 26, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2512782

Individual Product Packages:

Description of the SharePoint Server 2007 hotfix package (sts-x-none.msp): April 26, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2512780

Description of the Project Server 2007 hotfix package (pjsrvapp-x-none.msp, pjsrvwfe-x-none.msp):April 26, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2512784

Description of the Office Project 2007 hotfix package (project-x-none.msp):April 26, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2534046

More information on deploying the Cumulative Update:

The article below provides information on how to deploy the Project Server Cumulative Update.

Deploy cumulative updates (Project Server 2007)

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd239177.aspx

Service Pack 2 for both WSS and Office Servers 2007 are required for this Cumulative Update. The KB articles below provide information on how to download and install SP2 if you have not already done so.

Description of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP2 and of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Language Pack SP2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953338

Description of 2007 Microsoft Office servers Service Pack 2 and of 2007 Microsoft Office servers Language Pack Service Pack 2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953334

The Server CU is released in two different versions. The first version is in Individual Packages specific to a particular product like WSS and Project Server. These are smaller downloads but they do not include language packs or patches for other products so patches for those products would have to be downloaded and installed separately.

The second version is the Server Rollup Packages. This is a set of two rollup packages which contains all the fixes for WSS, Project Server and MOSS. These packages should be used when MOSS is part of the deployment and/or you have language packs installed. The Server Rollup Packages are much larger but they will greatly simplify MOSS patch deployment.

Client Installation:

In order to install this hotfix, you will need to have Microsoft Project 2007 SP2 installed on the client.

Description of Office Project 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and of Office Project Language Pack 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2):

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953326

Once we know that SP2 is installed, you will install the hotfix by performing the following steps:

NOTE: Microsoft strongly recommends testing within a NON-Production environment prior to rollout.

  1. Download the hotfix from either the KB Article or by using the information at the end of this email.
  2. Extract the patch package by running the .exe file that you downloaded.
  3. Run the extracted .exe file to apply the patch to your Project Professional/Standard SP1 client.

Creating an EPM deployment plan article now available on Microsoft’s Technet

ProjectServer 2010Microsoft has posted my latest article, Creating an EPM Deployment plan up on the Microsoft Project Server TechNet site under the Project Server 2010 area.  The article looks at those elements of a deployment of an Enterprise Project Management system that are much more than the installation and configuration of the tool itself.  When you take into account the management intervention, the change management implications and the overall impact on the enterprise, the project becomes more complex.  It’s a good starting point for those looking at moving to enterprise collaborative tools for project management and, if the organization already had much of this done, perhaps they can move quickly to the automation aspect of the project.

Next Microsoft Project Conference is only a year away!

It’s finally been announced.  The next Microsoft Project Conference will be March 19 to 22 in Phoenix, AZ.  Details can be found on the Microsoft Project Conference site at: www.msprojectconference.com.  Such conferences include a mix of marketing and technical information of course, but with a couple of thousand people gathering together in one place, it’s a good spot to learn tips and techniques on Project and Project Server from the many users and experts who attend.  I’ll almost certainly be there.

 

Microsoft Project and Project Server October Cumulative Update

Project and Project Server and SharePoint October 2007 Cumulative Update
Updates for Project Server 2007

This include a number of fixes, so Microsoft strongly recommends that you test this in a test environment based on your production environment before putting this fix live in production.

The article below provides information on how to deploy the Project Server Cumulative Update.

Deploy cumulative updates (Project Server 2007)

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd239177.aspx

Service Pack 2 for both WSS and Office Servers 2007 are required for this Cumulative Update. The KB articles below provide information on how to download and install SP2 if you have not already done so.

Note: The SP2 Requirement is new as of the August 2010 Project and Project Server 2007 Cumulative Updates.

Description of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP2 and of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Language Pack SP2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953338

Description of 2007 Microsoft Office servers Service Pack 2 and of 2007 Microsoft Office servers Language Pack Service Pack 2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953334

The Server 2007 CU is released in two different versions. The first version is in Individual Packages specific to a particular product like WSS and Project Server. These are smaller downloads but they do not include language packs or patches for other products so patches for those products would have to be downloaded and installed separately. 

The second version is the Server Rollup Packages. This is a set of two rollup packages which contains all the fixes for WSS, Project Server and MOSS. These packages should be used when MOSS is part of the deployment and/or you have language packs installed. The Server Rollup Packages are much larger (~100MB each) but they will greatly simplify MOSS patch deployment.

You can read about the fixes included in the October CU from the following articles:

NOTE: Microsoft strongly recommends testing within a NON-Production environment prior to rollout.

Project and Project Server August 2010 Cumulative Update

Project and Project Server August 2010 Cumulative Update
From the EPMGuidance Blog: www.epmguidance.com
 
Project / Project Server 2007

Individual Product Packages:

Server Rollup Packages:

Project / Project Server2010

Individual Product Packages:

Server Rollup Packages:

  • Description of the SharePoint Foundation 2010 Cumulative Update Server Hotfix Package (SharePoint Foundation server-package): August 31, 2010 – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2352346
  • Description of the SharePoint Server 2010 Cumulative Update Server Hotfix Package (MOSS server-package): August 31, 2010 – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2352342
    (Note: Does not include Project Server patch)
  • Description of the SharePoint Server 2010 and Project Server 2010 Cumulative Update Server Hotfix Package (MOSS server-package, Project server-package): August 31, 2010 – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2352345