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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How to generate a Project Id automatically?

In many companies there is the requirement to define a unique number for each project in order to identify it in the project portfolio. In Project Online there’s a out of the box feature for it. If you want to use the same functionality within Project Server you’ll need to do a little bit more of configuration work, e.g. with the help of SharePoint Designer workflows. Continue reading →

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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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Time Reporter App for Project Online

Last recently Microsoft released the Office 365 Project Time Reporter app for iOS devices in order to manage your timesheets and task assignments from Project Online. Android and Microsoft phone users need to be a little bit more patient, but it will also be pushed into the respective stores soon.

Update 11/8/2017: This app is not available anymore.  Continue reading →

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OData reports with Project Online/Project Server (Part2)

In the first blog post about reporting with OData, we discovered how to get project data with the standard projectdata feed. We used an URL like https://contoso.sharepoint.com/sites/pwa/_api/projectdata/[en-us] to receive all enterprise custom fields without any filtering. It is a very simple approach to build a list or some graphics, but the performance isn’t good enough for productive environments, especially with time phased data. For this reason some adjustments are necessary, to request just the respective data that you really need in your report. We’ll check out how to do that in this article.

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