In PWA, can I use a "Site Column" as "Custom Field" or vise versa? RRS feed

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  • Hello,

    I am using PS 2013; I was wondering how/where "Custom Fields" are created? How there are related to the Site Column?

    Can I create a site column and use it as a Custom Field? 

    Hope my question is clear ^_^

    Sunday, January 4, 2015 5:34 AM


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  • Hi new_page,

    What exactly are you trying to achieve? What you call site columns are sharepoint site columns which can be added to lists. They are not related to custom fields which are Project Server related and managed from the PWA server settings. Maybe provide us more details so we can propose you a solution which could suit to your need.

    Hope this helps,

    Guillaume Rouyre, MBA, MVP, P-Seller |

    Sunday, January 4, 2015 9:22 AM
  • Hello,

    As Guillaume has mention, there is no link between SharePoint site columns and Project Server custom fields, they are different entities used for different parts of the system. Site Columns are a SharePoint setting that can be used in the lists / libraries on the SharePoint sites. Project Server custom fields are used by Project Server and not SharePoint. Project Server custom fields are created via the PWA > PWA Settings > Enterprise Custom Fields and Lookup Tables page. You can see a post here on creating Project custom fields in the second half of this post:

    Scroll down to the section starting with: "Before we look at creating custom fields lets have an overview.." for details on custom fields.

    You can also create Project Server custom fields and lookup tables programmatically using the PSI / CSOM / JSOM if needed.

    There are ways in which you can "sync" SharePoint columns with Project Server custom fields but this is not out of the box. You would need to look at developing your own solution or look for a 3rd party solution. Fluent Pro have a solution to sync Look up tables with other sources such as a SharePoint list, see the Lookup Manager here:

    If you just want Project Server data / fields to be available as a option for a list item on a SharePoint list, look at using the BCS, an example can be seen here:

    Hope that helps


    Paul Mather | Twitter | | CPS | MVP | Downloads

    Monday, January 5, 2015 8:39 AM
  • Hi new_Page

    Enterprise Custom Fields are created in PWA Settings - Enterprise Custom fields and Lookup Tables. as Guillaume Rouyre was explaining, Site Columns are for lists, where as Enterprise Custom Fields are in essence site Columns for Projects. The two are not related to each other.

    Monday, January 12, 2015 6:15 PM