Thursday, 12 March 2015

How to Delete OLD Status Reports to avoid Receiving Alerts and Notifications

Affects: Project Server 2007+

To delete/remove old Status Reports, do the following;

1) Navigate to the the Status Reports Page

2) Select the specific Status Report Request

3) Click Delete Request on the Toolbar

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If you delete your REQUEST the associated RESPONSES for that Request will also be deleted by the system automatically. If, however, another PM has sent you a REQUEST that you need to respond to, then please ask them to remove their REQUEST.

Hope this helps.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

SharePoint & Project Server – Feb 2015 Public Updates Really??

The last update for SharePoint & Project Server 2013 was announced as Public Update available along with Windows Updates! Here is why you should disable this immediately?

SharePoint and Project Server updates need to be applied planned with DUE CARE;

  1. Applied ONLY if you have an issue that is resolved by the update.
  2. Applied after due testing on your dev/test environment with COPY of live data. Testing to include key/normal business processes.

A few key things to remember with SharePoint and Project Server updates/patching;

  1. There is no roll-back for SharePoint and Project Server, as there is for Windows update!! if you have some data related issues or key services running in the background, then patching will not be applied correctly. Remember, key services need to be STOPPED prior to patching on each Web Server. Surely you would want to take precautions, take full backups, ensure you have a bullet proof roll-back/back-out plan in the event of failure.
  2. Patching is a two two step process. If you simply update bits and database schema is not upgraded by running the SharePoint Configuration Wizard on each web server, then your databases will be left in COMPATIBILITY mode, leading to potential issues and unknown data corruption downstream.
  3. Project Pro is recommended to be at the same patch level as the server, so you would have to update/patch ALL the users’ client application at the same time.
  4. Some Patches have dependencies on other Service Packs!

SharePoint/Project Server System Administrators should apply the patches manually as a carefully planned exercise. Take control of your system today!!

I will follow up this post with steps/guidelines to manually patch your SharePoint and Project Server 2013 environment.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Amazing? New Microsoft Surface Hub

New Microsoft Surface Hub Announced–Interactive White Board Powered by Windows 10

http://www.microsofttrends.com/2015/01/22/new-microsoft-surface-hub-announcedinteractive-white-board-powered-by-windows-10/

AIIM’s 2015 SharePoint Survey

AIIM’s 2015 SharePoint Survey Published: Adoption, Executive Commitment and Governance Still Major Challenges

http://www.microsofttrends.com/2015/02/27/aiims-2015-sharepoint-survey-published-adoption-commitment-and-information-management-governance-still-major-challenges/

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

SQL Server 2008 SP4 Released

After releasing SQL Server 2008 R2 SP3 earlier in the month, Microsoft followed up with the release of the final service pack for the first revision of SQL Server 2008.


SQL Server 2008 SP4 include s a rollup of all 17 updates released for SQL Server 2008 SP3 (listed here).  According to a Microsoft blog entry, any updates moving forward will not include functional fixes. While this marks the end of cumulative updates, Microsoft will continue to provide security updates as needed and within the guidelines of its mainstream and extended support policies.

For details and download information on SQL Server 2008 R2 SP3, go here. For SQL Server 2008 SP4, go here

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Project Server 2010/2013 – how to Deselect and Select ALL Resources

I received support call from a user about selecting and deselecting ALL Resources in Resource Centre. There is no obvious ribbon option to choose from.

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What you need to do is to CLICK the Top Left hand corner of the Resource Centre grid which then provides dropdown options to ‘Select All’ or ‘Clear All’. Nice hidden feature! Perhaps this should have been on the ribbon to make it more obvious to the end-users!

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In order to see your selected resources, check the ‘Selected Resources’ check box in the Resources Ribbon within ‘Show/Hide’ section.

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Hope this helps

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

SharePoint 2013 – Resolving UserProfileImportJob errors

Came across this issue whereby the ‘UserProfileImportJob’ was throwing out a lot errors in the event viewer. See example below.

The Execute method of job definition Microsoft.Office.Server.UserProfiles.UserProfileImportJob (ID d8644501-7ee7-49bb-aa27-1da0cf1bd1ba) threw an exception. More information is included below.

There was no endpoint listening at http://PSL:5725/ResourceManagementService/MEX that could accept the message. This is often caused by an incorrect address or SOAP action. See InnerException, if present, for more details.

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On investigation, it was determined that the 'Forefront Identity Manager Service' was not  running.

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Restarted this service and all started working smoothly!!