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View Only Project Access without a license? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am currently using TFS and considering integrating with Project Server for project management and resource scheduling purposes.  Does MS Project have a UI similar to TFS Web Access that would be available to users in the business that do not have a MS Project license?  We need our stakeholders to be able to view a project and reports, but they would not need the MS Project application as they would not be making changes to the project itself.

    Thanks,

    Alex

    Thursday, January 3, 2013 2:24 PM

Answers

  • Alex --
     
    Yes, what you want to do is VERY possible.  The stakeholders can view projects and reports using the Project Web App (PWA) user interface, but they will not be able to edit them.  Keep in mind that each of your stakeholders will need a Client Access License (CAL) to be able to access PWA, but a CAL is way cheaper than a license for Microsoft Project.  Hope this helps.
     

    Dale A. Howard [MVP]
    VP of Educational Services
    msProjectExperts
    http://www.msprojectexperts.com
    http://www.projectserverexperts.com
    "We write the books on Project Server"

    Thursday, January 3, 2013 3:46 PM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Alex --
     
    Yes, what you want to do is VERY possible.  The stakeholders can view projects and reports using the Project Web App (PWA) user interface, but they will not be able to edit them.  Keep in mind that each of your stakeholders will need a Client Access License (CAL) to be able to access PWA, but a CAL is way cheaper than a license for Microsoft Project.  Hope this helps.
     

    Dale A. Howard [MVP]
    VP of Educational Services
    msProjectExperts
    http://www.msprojectexperts.com
    http://www.projectserverexperts.com
    "We write the books on Project Server"

    Thursday, January 3, 2013 3:45 PM
    Moderator
  • Alex --
     
    Yes, what you want to do is VERY possible.  The stakeholders can view projects and reports using the Project Web App (PWA) user interface, but they will not be able to edit them.  Keep in mind that each of your stakeholders will need a Client Access License (CAL) to be able to access PWA, but a CAL is way cheaper than a license for Microsoft Project.  Hope this helps.
     

    Dale A. Howard [MVP]
    VP of Educational Services
    msProjectExperts
    http://www.msprojectexperts.com
    http://www.projectserverexperts.com
    "We write the books on Project Server"

    Thursday, January 3, 2013 3:46 PM
    Moderator
  • Thanks so much for your response Dale.  Please forgive my ignorance as I am not a MS Project user (yet), but is there a difference between PWA and Project Online?  With Project Online for Office 365, would the stakeholders still need a CAL for viewing projects and reports if they are Office 365 users?

    Thanks,

    Alex

    Thursday, January 3, 2013 6:20 PM
  • Alex --
     
    I am not an expert at licensing for Project Online.  You should talk to your Microsoft rep or someone from Project Online to know the exact licensing requirements.  But my guess would be that each user will need some type of license to access the Project Online system.  Hope this helps.
     

    Dale A. Howard [MVP]
    VP of Educational Services
    msProjectExperts
    http://www.msprojectexperts.com
    http://www.projectserverexperts.com
    "We write the books on Project Server"

    Thursday, January 3, 2013 7:34 PM
    Moderator