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Master project file in MS Project server RRS feed

  • Question

  • I'll have 50 MS Project files added to MS Project Master file. Each Project file is about 300 lines. Will MS Project 2007 standalone be able to handle that? If I implement MS Project Server, will there be other functionality that replace Master project file? 

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012 9:45 PM

Answers

  • Mimi --
     
    Why waste your time on a software package that is now 5 years old?  I would encourage you to move to Project Server 2010 instead.  Regarding your desktop application, every PM and every Project Server administrator would need to have the Professional version of Microsoft Project 2010.  If you need to implement Project Server 2007 due to financial reasons, every PM and every Project Server administrator must have the Professional version of Microsoft Project 2007.
     
    Using either version of Project Server, there are two ways to create a master project.  One way is what you indicated using the Insert menu.  The other way is to use the Project Center page to open multiple projects into a master 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"

    Friday, February 3, 2012 3:34 AM
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  • Project client can handle 50 files but ONLY if you are VERY VIGILANT and NEVER over-write, rename or move any of teh 51 files and your network is very reliable (a wide area network is probably not ok).

    Project Server lets you report against multiple projects without using master projects.

    With Project 2007, especially if you use master projects you MUST apply SP3 and latest Cumulative Update. Very necessary to repair bugs in release version.


    Rod Gill

    The one and only Project VBA Book Rod Gill Project Management
    Wednesday, February 1, 2012 10:25 PM
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  • Can you explain more how Project Server let me report against multiple projects? I'm currently using Project Master file to combine all schedules. So, I can print out a single report showing all milestones from all projects. Will it be different method in Project Server?
    Thursday, February 2, 2012 1:48 AM
  • Mimi,

    Project Server allows you to define common attributes for Projects using Enterprise Custom Fields, so for example you can have a project field called "Programme" which displays a drop down list, that you have defined, listing the programmes your organisation has in progress.

    You can then allow people to view information about projects grouped by Programme in the PWA client browser. You can also use custom fields to support rigorous reporting and anaylsis of projects by whatever criteria are of importance to you and your organisation.

    Check out our YouTube chanell for some videos on the features of Project Server - http://youtu.be/DbkIZYOgLiw

     

     


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    Thursday, February 2, 2012 12:54 PM
  • 1. Does MS Project Server mean everything will run on the browser? My company has a restriction to put anything on the browser except only within a local network.

    2. After installing MS Project Server, will my Master Project file be more stable? Less crash?

    Friday, February 3, 2012 2:54 AM
  • Mimi --
     
    No, using Project Server 2010 does not mean that everything will run in a browser.  If you move to a Project Server 2010 environment, you and all of your project managers will still need to use the Microsoft Project 2010 desktop application.  All users (including project managers, team members, executives, and administrators) will use the Internet Explorer to access Project Web App, which is the web-based interface for viewing and interacting with Project Server data.  Team members will use PWA to enter and submit task progress, for example.
     
    If you move to Project Server 2010, I believe but cannot guarantee that your master project will be more stable since the master project and the subproject will all be stored in the Project Server database.  However, I can to seriously caution you about moving to Project Server 2010.  The software is not very intuitive for your administrator to configure, it is not very intuitive for your PMs to use to manage their projects, and it is not intuitive for your team members to submit task progress.  Because of this, I would encourage your company to enlist the assistance of a capable Project Partner to assist you in your implementation and to provide training to your users.
     
    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"

    Friday, February 3, 2012 3:21 AM
    Moderator
  • I have MS Project 2007 desktop version, so I guess we have to go for PRoject Server 2007?

    Do I still add sub-projects to Master file by using "Insert-Project file option" within a project file?

     

    Friday, February 3, 2012 3:29 AM
  • Mimi --
     
    Why waste your time on a software package that is now 5 years old?  I would encourage you to move to Project Server 2010 instead.  Regarding your desktop application, every PM and every Project Server administrator would need to have the Professional version of Microsoft Project 2010.  If you need to implement Project Server 2007 due to financial reasons, every PM and every Project Server administrator must have the Professional version of Microsoft Project 2007.
     
    Using either version of Project Server, there are two ways to create a master project.  One way is what you indicated using the Insert menu.  The other way is to use the Project Center page to open multiple projects into a master 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"

    Friday, February 3, 2012 3:34 AM
    Moderator