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Project server 2007 migrate or upgrade to 2010 (a bunch of question) RRS feed

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  • Greetings!

    Unfortunately I got a privilege (read: honor) to do the upgrade process from our MS Project 2007 to 2010. Unluckily I haven’t got a clue about Project 2007. Before I do it, I have some questions.

    First of all, our current MS PROJECT 2007 server stands on a Windows server standard 2008 SP2 (x86), so I guess this means that we are unable to upgrade it on this machine and we will need a new server with x64 OS right ?

    The idea is to convert this PROJECT SERVER 2007 psychical machine to a virtual machine so we have a working environment beside, and after the conversion we can “play/upgrade” on this psychical machine with the new version upgrade approach.  So I guess if it needs a x64 OS, we will need to format it.

    Second of all, I believe that current MS PROJECT 2007 is using Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0.

    Ok in our company we currently have 2 Sharepoint Servers 2010 (one for internal and one for external use). I believe that MS PROJECT 2010 works with Sharepoint 2010, right? Does this means that we can choose to install another Sharepoint server 2010 in a company or add this MS PROJECT 2010 to an existent Sharepoint Server 2010?

    And the third part (question) is about the clients. As I can remember we had an outsource guy who has prepared installation of a Project 2007 client software. I believe he made thousands of changes in this network installation, soo I guess all the changes in the 2007 client version will have to be set up in new version, or can people still use Project 2007 software for connecting to Project server 2010? Is it mandatory to upgrade the clients to 2010 project server client version?

    With best regards,


    bostjanc

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:59 AM

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  • Hi Bostjanc--

    Good to hear that you started with EPM 2007 to 2010 Upgrade. Please see the response on each query

    First of all, our current MS PROJECT 2007 server stands on a Windows server standard 2008 SP2 (x86), so I guess this means that we are unable to upgrade it on this machine and we will need a new server with x64 OS right ?
    -- Yes, project Server is supported on 64 bit servers (
    64-bit version of Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 or Windows Server 2008 R2). Please see the hardware/software requirements for the same.
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee683978.aspx

    The idea is to convert this PROJECT SERVER 2007 psychical machine to a virtual machine so we have a working environment beside, and after the conversion we can “play/upgrade” on this psychical machine with the new version upgrade approach.  So I guess if it needs a x64 OS, we will need to format it. Second of all, I believe that current MS PROJECT 2007 is using Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0.
    --You can get the project server 2007 databases & attach on the VM which has SharePoint 2010 with project server 2010 to do a trial upgrade. Please see Christophe's excellent blog post:
    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/chrisfie/archive/2010/05/27/how-to-upgrade-from-project-server-2007-to-project-server-2010-in-10min.aspx

    I believe that MS PROJECT 2010 works with Sharepoint 2010, right
    ---Yes, project Server 2010 is built on SharePoint server 2010.

    Can people still use Project 2007 software for connecting to Project server 2010? Is it mandatory to upgrade the clients to 2010 project server client version?
    --Backward compatibility mode (BCM) is a feature in upgraded Microsoft Project Server 2010 environments that allows for connectivity from both Project Professional 2010 and Project Professional 2007 SP2 clients. This feature allows you the convenience of upgrade your Project Professional clients (it does not have to be done the same time as the server upgrade. Please see the BCM details:
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg502591.aspx

    For overall upgrade, Please see the below article:
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee662496.aspx

    Hope this helps.


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    Tuesday, June 12, 2012 11:31 AM
  • Hi there.

    First of all thank you for your reply. Is there a way to check if our Sharepoint server 2010 is sutable for a Project 2010? I believe it was installed as a standalone but I'm not quite sure how to check that?

    Soo if I understood you right, a good approach would be:

    * install a virtual machine, put a OS 2008 r2 std
    * install all of the updates and install project server 2010
    * in which step can you choose which sharepoint should project 2010 use?
    * detach databases from project 2007 and attach it to 2010
    * configure project 2007 clients to connect to project 2010 (which i don't know where to configure)

    with best regards,

     


    bostjanc

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012 12:44 PM
  • Let me also mention that we use Project Web Access...

    bostjanc

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012 1:27 PM
  • One more thing:

    en_office_project_server_2007_with_service_pack_1_x86_x64_cd_x14-39407.iso is cca 450 MB size.

    SW_DVD5_Project_Server_2010_64Bit_English_MLF_X16-43465.ISO - only 50 MB?


    bostjanc

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012 2:15 PM
  • Bostjanc,

    You need to verify that you have SharePoint 2010 Enterprise or you can't install Project. This post may be of interest: http://blogs.technet.com/b/projectadministration/archive/2009/11/18/microsoft-project-server-2010-requirements.aspx

    Also, you need to have a licensing discussion depending on how large the existing SharePoint farm. Project has to be installed on every server in the farm and on large farms, this can increase cost. Customers who have large SharePoint farms may opt to implement a smaller Project farm and use IFSS to share services like Search from the big farm. An Enterprise Agreement helps with this issue.

    I would strongly suggest taking a look at the scripts 8 and 9 included in the Virtual Migration Environment as they may help you avoid some upgrade issues. See http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff700189.aspx

    If you are using the Team Sites in 2007, move and upgrade the related SharePoint sites first. This is actually where I've had the most trouble with 2007-2010 upgrade.

    For your DVD question, most of the Project code uses SharePoint functionality under the covers. Project is now a SharePoint service. So, the unique code is much smaller. There's a nice set of videos here taking you through the install process: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee662109

    Thanks!

    Treb Gatte

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012 6:54 PM
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