Change Project Type

Sometimes you need to change the project type while the project is already running, e.g. let’s assume you have original created a project from the enterprise project type General Project which should be changed to the standard Enterprise Project. If you can’t remember the project type that you have initially selected, you have several possibilities to figure it out.

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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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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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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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