Copy a 2016 PWA instance to another instance in the same Server RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi the Project Server Gurus,

    Do you know a technique to copy a PWA production instance of Project Server 2016 to a new instance ? Would the site collection copy of SharePoint do the job ?  

    I formely used Playbooks on Project Server 2010 but I guess this one does not work anymore.

    Didier Maignan |

    Tuesday, December 18, 2018 11:15 AM

All replies

  • Nothing out of box to do this.  Nor or there any tools that I know of from Microsoft.

    Fluent Pro is a 3rd party tool that can do this. I believe they were the original writers of Playbooks.  Its something that has to be purchased.

    My recommendation is write a script using PowerShell to do this.   

    Michael Wharton, Project MVP, MBA, PMP and a Great Guy <br/> Website <br/> Blog contains my field notes and SQL queries

    Tuesday, December 18, 2018 11:41 AM
  • Hi Didier,  I see you posted twice - please see my reply at 

    Ben Howard [MVP] | web | blog | book | downloads | P2O

    Tuesday, December 18, 2018 12:38 PM
  • Yes Copy-SPSite do that.

    Tanzim Akhtar

    Tuesday, December 25, 2018 3:24 PM
  • I confirm Microsoft Playbooks for PS2010 does not work anymore. With the same kind of solution as Tanzim suggest, and a reasonable work we have built ourselves an automatic solution for duplicating every week the production Project web App (PWA) instance for Project Server 2016 and 2019 into a simulation instance, with the same data. It took us 4 days of hard work and testing, since the customer wanted also to change automatically authorizations on the simulation copy. Impact on Project sites may be also considered.

    Now we have in the simulation Project web app(PWAcopy), the same projects as Production Instance (PWA), and Resource manager can try new assignment scenarii to make major milestone meet, without any prejudice to Production plannings.

    More information on e-Labor site 

    Thank you all for your implication.


    Didier Maignan |

    Wednesday, March 6, 2019 4:42 PM
  • Good idea Tanzim. Please note that, with this solution, existing  Project sites will not  be moved, which will affect interproject links thru deliverables. Moving deliverable from supplier projects in the copy will move also production deliverable dates in production instance. And there is no PowerShell commandlets to change existing Project sites URL automatically, and no PowerShell commandlets to change provisionning Project sites URL.

    Didier Maignan |

    Wednesday, March 6, 2019 4:51 PM
  • Hello Didierma,

    You can update the URLs of the Project Sites from the Central Admin. There is an option to make the bulk update.


    Tanzim Akhtar

    Thursday, March 7, 2019 5:52 AM