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How to represent Computer resources (MSPJ2010) RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi Guys

    I have to manage a virtual server farm setup for a project but sadly, my MS Project skills are really poor and so, I'm rather hopeing a guru out there might be able to help me? :)

    Say I have 5 virtual servers to setup in a virtual world and the virtual world has 10 CPU cores.  Each server will require 3 cores to run.  So, we can immediatley see that I will need to stagger my install/running periods and I would like to show the resource use (CPU Cores) on Project and maybe, if possible, get Project to highlight where my maximum of 10 is exceeded if my plans clash?

    Can anyone suggest how the best way might be to proceed with this?

    Many thanks for your time!!!

    Sunday, September 9, 2012 4:48 AM

Answers

  • Hi Stuza,

    Welcome to this Microsoft Project forum:)

    The simplest way is to create a new resource called CPU and give it a max units of 10 (or 10000%) as you would do for any human resource.  Any allocation over the 10 units will then show as being overallocated (resources name will turn red).  To overcome this, you can use Project's built-in levelling to spread out the usage.  Post back if you need help with this.

    FAQs, companion products and other useful Project information can be seen at this web address:  http://project.mvps.org/faqs.htm

    Hope this helps - please let us know how you get on :)

    Mike Glen
    MS Project MVP (97-11)
    See http://tinyurl.com/2xbhc for my free Project Tutorials

    Sunday, September 9, 2012 9:03 AM
    Moderator
  • In the indicators column for each task you should see an indicator saying that the tasks are part of an overallocation.

    Also if you go to the resource sheet that resource should be shown in red as being overallocated.

    The resource usage view should also give you a good indication of the work loads.


    Brian Kennemer - Project MVP
    DeltaBahn Senior Architect
    endlessly obsessing about Project Server…so that you don’t have to.
    Blog | Twitter | LinkedIn

    Sunday, September 9, 2012 4:27 PM
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  • Hi Stuza,

    Welcome to this Microsoft Project forum:)

    The simplest way is to create a new resource called CPU and give it a max units of 10 (or 10000%) as you would do for any human resource.  Any allocation over the 10 units will then show as being overallocated (resources name will turn red).  To overcome this, you can use Project's built-in levelling to spread out the usage.  Post back if you need help with this.

    FAQs, companion products and other useful Project information can be seen at this web address:  http://project.mvps.org/faqs.htm

    Hope this helps - please let us know how you get on :)

    Mike Glen
    MS Project MVP (97-11)
    See http://tinyurl.com/2xbhc for my free Project Tutorials

    Sunday, September 9, 2012 9:03 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi Mike

    thanks for the info!

    OK so I created a resource "CPU" at 10,000%.  I then added 6000% to one task and 5000% to another and, where they both overlapped I expected to see an error message or similar but didn't see anything.  Am I looking in the wrong place or not turned something on?

    Thanks!!!1

    Sunday, September 9, 2012 9:39 AM
  • In the indicators column for each task you should see an indicator saying that the tasks are part of an overallocation.

    Also if you go to the resource sheet that resource should be shown in red as being overallocated.

    The resource usage view should also give you a good indication of the work loads.


    Brian Kennemer - Project MVP
    DeltaBahn Senior Architect
    endlessly obsessing about Project Server…so that you don’t have to.
    Blog | Twitter | LinkedIn

    Sunday, September 9, 2012 4:27 PM
    Moderator
  • As I said, i'm a complete newbie at Project but you've helped me fumble past the most dificult part, thank you guys!  Thats cracked it :)

    Monday, September 10, 2012 3:50 AM
  • You're welcome, Stuza :-)

    Although written for pre-2010 Project versions, most of the principles in my beginners series are the same (the main difference is in the menus). So, as a newcomer, you might like to have a look at my free series for beginners on Microsoft Project in the TechTrax ezine, at this site: http://tinyurl.com/2xbhc  or this: http://pubs.logicalexpressions.com/Pub0009/LPMFrame.asp?CMD=ArticleSearch&AUTH=23
    (Perhaps you'd care to rate the article before leaving the site, :)  Thanks.)

    FAQs, companion products and other useful Project information can be seen at this web address: <http://www.mvps.org/project/>

    Mike Glen
    MS Project MVP (97-11)

     

    Monday, September 10, 2012 7:55 AM
    Moderator