Unable to backup Enterprise Project Type using Playbook for Project Server 2010. RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    I am working on Project Server 2013. I want to migrate Enterprise Project Types from 1 PWA instance on 1 server to another PWA instance on some other server.

    I am using Playbooks.exe  for Project Server 2010 to get the task done. I am running Playbook on the same machine where Project Server 2013 is installed. Most of the other things like custom fields, lookup tables, groups etc. are getting successfully backed up and restored. But taking backup of Enterprise Project Types is giving following error :

    02:38:00 : 
    02:38:00 : Load settings from server:
    02:38:00 : Loading Enterprise Project Types...
    02:38:00 : Loading Project Detail Pages...
    02:38:00 :    ERROR: The type initializer for 'Microsoft.SharePoint.CoreResource' threw an exception.


    Am I getting this error because I am using Playbook for Project Server 2010. Problem is Playbook for PRoject Server 2013  is not available. If it is available then please give the link to it.

    Any pointers, links, suggestions would be highly useful.

    Thanks in Advance

    Rizwan Shaikh.

    Tuesday, September 24, 2013 10:07 AM

All replies

  • Hi Rizwan --

    Congratulations... you have figured out that the Project Server 2010 Playbooks tool can be used with Project Server 2013... in a LIMITED fashion, though. It is true that you can use the Playbooks tool to back up, restore, and move SOME types of items, such as Enterprise Custom Fields, etc... as long as the underlying application architecture has not changed significantly.

    However, the underlying SharePoint architecture has changed from 2010 to 2013... which drives the functionality of Project Detail Pages (PDPs... which are actually SharePoint web part pages). Notice that the last attempted operation before the error is "Loading Project Detail Pages..."... and then the Playbooks tool fails.

    Unless someone else knows a trick / work-around, you may be stuck in this case, since the 2010 Playbooks tool was not designed to work with the SharePoint 2013 architecture.

    Good luck!

    -- tz

    Tony Zink | Vice President, EPMA | | Blog: | Training:

    Tuesday, September 24, 2013 4:36 PM
  • Thanks Tony.

    Does someone here know any workaround for this tool.

    Thanks & Regards

    Rizwan Shaikh.

    Wednesday, September 25, 2013 3:57 AM