Enterprise Project Templates cannot be opened within Project Professional

Sorry, we had some trouble connecting to get templates and can’t show them right now. This message might be displayed within the Project Professional Client, if you try to open the enterprise project templates from the Project Server, even if the permissions are set up in the right way.

Good news: It is easy to fix!

Open Project Professional, go to File -> Options -> Save and enter a location for the default personal templates.  It can be any local location, that doesn’t really matter. Close Microsoft Project and open it again – you should be able to see the templates, now!

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Deselect a value from a lookup table of a project or resource field

Currently in some Project Online tenants (I can just speak from my demo environments) it is not possible to set back a value from a selected lookup table by just deleting the entry, e.g. if you select an item from any project or resource field with a lookup table in the project web app, and you want to set back the value to no entry. In Project Server it was totally fine to use the keyboard, but it seems that within the online scenario this is not possible anymore. Since I have almost broke my fingers by pressing any key on my board again and again, here’s the solution how to remove the selected value from the initial choice:

You just need to select the same value from the lookup table again!

Simple, but unfortunately anything but intuitive to handle… 😉

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Project was unable to establish a connection error

Have you ever seen a message like Project was unable to establish a connection. This could be caused by a loss of network connectivity or inadequate permissions to connect to Project Web App. ?!


As a good administrator, you’ll trust the statement and you do check the project permissions within the PWA settings at first. If there’s everything fine, maybe you’ll ping the server and maybe there’s in fact a loss of network connectivity. But… what… if… not?!

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Don’t let project constraint your planning

Did you ever saw a message like this within Microsoft Project Professional/Standard?! 

Constraint types_pop-upIf so, intentionally or unintentionally you have some tasks with a special constraint type in your automatically scheduled project plan. Per default, every task starts ‘as soon as possible’ (if you schedule forward) and shifts through the duration and linkage of the predecessor. Continue reading →

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Same same… but different. Milestones vs. Deadlines.

Today’s blog is about one of the most underrated function within Microsoft Project, the use of deadlines. But one after another: We all know know the difference between milestones and deadlines from a business perspective, right?!

You can find dozens of definitions of a milestone in the most common frameworks like the PMBOK Guide (PMI), the national competence baseline (IPMA) or PRINCE2. The common ground is among other things as follows: Continue reading →

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