Actions to undertake as an Admin after changing the permission mode RRS feed

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  • Dear Project Server users,

    I have posted a question earlier about implications of switching to Project Server permission mode from SharePoint permission mode. You can see some of the implications on this link (thanks to Guillaume :D): (

    We have Project Server on premises. So, not Project Online. The last time we tried to switch permission mode to Project Server permission mode the admin could not gain access to the server, and hence, give access to other users.

    I have seen some posts on this forum, such as this one: ( but don't think that they describe in enough detail the actions to undertake, as admin, to gain access to Project Server 2013 after the change. I have also seen posts explaining how you should just type -AdministratorAccount code to your permission changing code and that that will give you access.

    Can anybody who has had experience with this describe what should an admin do to have access when changing the mode from SharePoint to Project Server?

    Sorry for the long text,

    Any help is welcome,


    Tuesday, August 9, 2016 1:31 PM


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  • Hello,

    When running the PowerShell command to switch to the Project Permission mode, use the parameter -AdministratorAccount, for example:

    Set-SPPRojectPermissionMode -Url http://AppServer/pwa -AdministratorAccount contoso\John.Woods -Mode ProjectServer


    Then log in with that specific account and set up the access model and give users access.


    Paul Mather | Twitter | | CPS | MVP | Downloads

    • Marked as answer by PetarB Tuesday, August 9, 2016 3:13 PM
    Tuesday, August 9, 2016 2:42 PM
  • Good day Paul,

    Thank you very much for your response. I really was not sure if that was all that our admin had to do in order to have access to PWA. Now, thanks to you, I am sure.

    Can you just clear one thing for me? Will I see the built in groups (Team Members, Administrators...) and categories once I am in Project Server permission mode? Once I add users and assign them to groups they will have access to PWA because groups are connected to categories?

    Best regards,
    Tuesday, August 9, 2016 3:13 PM