PWA Administration within Office 365

There are two different adjusting screws to administer the project web app:
1) Within the respective instance you can change the site settings and pwa settings for a single site or site collection (if the prerequisites in Office 365 are done).
2) In the SharePoint Admin Center you can not only create and delete site collections, several PWA options in Project Online are also transferred to Office 365. Sounds a little bit like it was done in the Central Administration with an on-premise system, right? However, among other things in the SharePoint Admin Center you can change the permission mode, define quotas and control who’s able to see and edit the site collection settings in the PWA.

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9999 PWA instances available

At first I thought it is a bug, but I was wrong with that: Since recently, 9999 PWA instances are available for each Project Online tenant. Admins will no longer start to sweat with an annoying limit of 7 PWA instances in the back. Definitely this  extends possible scenarios in a lot of areas, e.g. security, trainings and testing.

The strategy of Microsoft regarding other Project Online boundaries remains exciting. This change wasn’t listed in the road map, so we can be anxious about future developments.

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ProjToolV2 available

Since yesterday the ProjToolV2 is available. It works with CSOM and you can do various bulk actions like deleting objects, creating projects and creating resources. Personally, I’ll use it to get demo data in a very quick and uncomplicated way. Brain Smith described already in his blog, how to set it up. Here you will get an overview about the different functions of the tool.

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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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