Jun

08

This process will clear any information that is stored locally on the Project Client.

  1. File > Options

  2. Select Quick Access Toolbar
  3. Under Choose commands from select All Commands
  4. Find and select Cleanup Cache in the list and click Add

  1. Click OK to exit.
  2. You will now see the cleanup cache button in your quick access toolbar at the top right

  3. Click the Green icon to open
  4. You will now see projects that are cached in two ways

    Projects not check out to you

    Projects checkout to you

  5. Select one at a time and click remove from cache

  6. Close the Project Pro Client and reopen

Jun

01

Sometimes when trying to use Dashboard designer a user will receive a permissions error. After investigating the issue you will notice that the browser is passing the windows login credentials instead of the Project login credentials to the server. See below for a quick workaround to get a user connected. For either Windows 7/Vista or Windows XP, make sure site is in your Trusted Sites list on a medium-low setting! See this blog on how -> http://phase2.com/blog/?p=1549

Windows 7/Vista

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Change the View by: to Large or Small Icons
  3. Click on Credential Manager

 

  1. If an entry for your site does not exist, click the Add a Windows credential link at the top of the list.

  2. If the site exists, Under Windows Credentials look for an entry to the server/site that you are trying to connect to (IE: project2010.phase2.com). If an entry is there, click the dropdown arrow next to the entry and see what username it is using to login. If it is not the correct Project Server username, click the Edit link and enter the Project server credentials that you want to use when connecting to the site.

  3. Enter the Internet or network address and User name/password for the site. Click the OK button to complete.

  4. Try to run Dashboard Designer again.

 

Windows XP

  1. Open Control Panel and double-click User Accounts.

  2. Click on the Advanced tab and then the Manage Passwords link.

  3. Click the Add button.

  4. Enter the Server, User name and Password. Click the OK button to complete.

  5. Try to login and use Dashboard designer again.

May

31

Phase 2 International is happy to announce support for IBM Sametime 8.5 Web Client for the iPhone. This is brought to you by the Sametime Proxy Server which is required in the environment for this feature.

The Sametime Web Client for iPhone gives you the freedom of mobility while still being plugged in to your corporate chat system.

Here is a look at the nicely designed interface.

Login Screen

Contact List

Users logged in on a Mobile phone get a special icon next to their name.

Main Menu Options

Send announcements to one or everyone in your contact list.

Chat

Invitations to a Chat

Contact Business Cards

Looks great doesn’t it? Some things to remember when using the mobile version: You cannot send or receive meeting requests or files with the Web Client for iPhone. This is more of a Lite version
of Sametime, but we hope to see these capabilities come in on future versions.

May

11

If you are looking to change the logo on your IBM Lotus Connections site and need an easy way to do it, follow the below script to save yourself a good 20-30 mins

  1. Create a New text file and name it AddIcon.bat
  2. Copy and paste the following text into the .bat file.
  3. Your new logo much be no larger than 18 pixels in height.

You will need to make sure your path is correct on your Connections server. Replace the <InsertCellNameHere>
text with your correct Cell path.

This script will rename your old logo file to logo.pngOLD then copy your new logo to the correct directory. The file name of the new logo MUST be logo.png or it will break.

———————————————————————————————————————————————

Echo Rename Existing files to OLD

REM Activities

REN C:\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\profiles\AppSrv01\installedApps\<InsertCellNameHere>\Activities.ear\oawebui.war\nav\common\styles\images\logo.png logo.pngOLD

REM Blogs

REN C:\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\profiles\AppSrv01\installedApps\<InsertCellNameHere>\Blogs.ear\blogs.war\nav\common\styles\images\logo.png logo.pngOLD

REM Bookmarks

REN C:\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\profiles\AppSrv01\installedApps\<InsertCellNameHere>\Dogear.ear\dogear.webui.war\nav\common\styles\images\logo.png logo.pngOLD

REM Communities

REN C:\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\profiles\AppSrv01\installedApps\<InsertCellNameHere>\Communities.ear\comm.web.war\nav\common\styles\images\logo.png logo.pngOLD

REM Files

REN C:\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\profiles\AppSrv01\installedApps\<InsertCellNameHere>\Files.ear\qkr.share.files.war\nav\common\styles\images\logo.png logo.pngOLD

REM Forums

REN C:\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\profiles\AppSrv01\installedApps\<InsertCellNameHere>\Forums.ear\forum.web.war\nav\common\styles\images\logo.png logo.pngOLD

REM Homepage

REN C:\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\profiles\AppSrv01\installedApps\<InsertCellNameHere>\Homepage.ear\homepage.war\nav\common\styles\images\logo.png logo.pngOLD

REM Profiles

REN C:\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\profiles\AppSrv01\installedApps\<InsertCellNameHere>\Profiles.ear\lc.profiles.app.war\nav\common\styles\images\logo.png logo.pngOLD

REM Search

REN C:\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\profiles\AppSrv01\installedApps\<InsertCellNameHere>\Search.ear\search.war\nav\common\styles\images\logo.png logo.pngOLD

REM Wikis

REN C:\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\profiles\AppSrv01\installedApps\<InsertCellNameHere>\Wikis.ear\qkr.share.wiki.war\nav\common\styles\images\logo.png logo.pngOLD

Echo Coping new logo file to paths

REM Activities

copy c:\logo.png C:\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\profiles\AppSrv01\installedApps\<InsertCellNameHere>\Activities.ear\oawebui.war\nav\common\styles\images\logo.png /Y

REM BlogsREM

copy c:\logo.png C:\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\profiles\AppSrv01\installedApps\<InsertCellNameHere>\Blogs.ear\blogs.war\nav\common\styles\images\logo.png /Y

REM Bookmarks

copy c:\logo.png C:\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\profiles\AppSrv01\installedApps\<InsertCellNameHere>\Dogear.ear\dogear.webui.war\nav\common\styles\images\logo.png /Y

REM Communities

copy c:\logo.png C:\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\profiles\AppSrv01\installedApps\<InsertCellNameHere>\Communities.ear\comm.web.war\nav\common\styles\images\logo.png /Y

REM Files

copy c:\logo.png C:\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\profiles\AppSrv01\installedApps\<InsertCellNameHere>\Files.ear\qkr.share.files.war\nav\common\styles\images\logo.png /Y

REM Forums

copy c:\logo.png C:\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\profiles\AppSrv01\installedApps\<InsertCellNameHere>\Forums.ear\forum.web.war\nav\common\styles\images\logo.png /Y

REM Homepage

copy c:\logo.png C:\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\profiles\AppSrv01\installedApps\<InsertCellNameHere>\Homepage.ear\homepage.war\nav\common\styles\images\logo.png /Y

REM Profiles

copy c:\logo.png C:\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\profiles\AppSrv01\installedApps\<InsertCellNameHere>\Profiles.ear\lc.profiles.app.war\nav\common\styles\images\logo.png /Y

REM Search

copy c:\logo.png C:\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\profiles\AppSrv01\installedApps\<InsertCellNameHere>\Search.ear\search.war\nav\common\styles\images\logo.png /Y

REM Wikis

copy c:\logo.png C:\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\profiles\AppSrv01\installedApps\<InsertCellNameHere>\Wikis.ear\qkr.share.wiki.war\nav\common\styles\images\logo.png /Y

echo Completed!

Pause

—————————————————————————————————————————————–

  1. Refresh your browser page and your new logo will appear.

May

05

Creating Enterprise Calendars

Before you add resources and projects to your Project Server 2010 database, you must configure your organization’s Standard calendar and create new Base calendars as indicated in your Requirements and Configuration Specification document. The Standard calendar serves as the default Project Calendar for all new projects created in the system, and provides the Base calendar for all resources as well. You create additional Base calendars for the unique scheduling needs of your organization, such as for a resource who works for 10-hour work days each week, or for tasks that must occur on weekends only. At a minimum, you must modify the Standard calendar to include your company’s holidays to the base calendar to yield realistic schedules.

To work with enterprise calendars, navigate to the Server Settings page in PWA and then click the Enterprise Calendars link in the Enterprise Data section of the page. The system displays the Enterprise Calendars page shown in Figure 7-42.

Setting Company Holidays

To edit the Standard calendar to include company holidays, select the Standard in the list of calendars and then click the Edit Calendar button. The system launches Project Professional 2010 and opens the Standard calendar for editing in the Change Working Time dialog shown in the Figure 2-12.

Figure 2-12

To add a non-working company holiday on the Standard calendar, complete the following steps:

  1. In the calendar data grid, select the date of the next company holiday.
  2. On the Exception tab in the bottom half of the page, enter a name for the holiday, and then press the Tab key.
  3. Click the Details button. The software displays the Details dialog for the selected holiday, as shown in Figure 2-13. You use the Details dialog to create a recurring company holiday for a specified number of years into the future. For example, you might set each company holiday to recur for the next 10 years.

    Figure 2-13


  4. In the Recurrence Patter section, select the Yearly option and then select your pattern of recurrence.
  5. In the Range of Recurrence section, select the End after option and then select the number of years to repeat the holiday.
  6. Click the OK button to complete.
  7. Repeat steps #1-6 for each company holiday.
  8. Click the OK button to close the Change Working Time dialog and save the changes to the Standard calendar.

Setting the Daily Working Schedule

After setting your company holidays, you may also need to establish the daily working schedule for your company. By default, the Standard calendar in Project Server 2010 assumes a daily working schedule of 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM with one hour off for lunch, Monday through Friday, with Saturday and Sunday as nonworking times. Some organizations want to change the working schedule on the Standard calendar to match their exact working schedule, such as 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM with a half-hour for lunch. Other organizations may want to change the working schedule to match a typical worker’s productive working day (6 hours of productive work/day) by using a 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM schedule with one hour for lunch.

To change the working schedule on the Standard calendar from the Enterprise Calendars page in Project Web Access, complete the following steps:

  1. Select the Standard calendar in the list of calendars and then click the Edit Calendar button. The system launches Project Professional 2010 and opens the Standard calendar for editing in the Change Working Time dialog shown previously in Figure 2-12
  2. In the Change Working Time dialog, click the Work Weeks tab and then click the Details button. The software displays the Details dialog for the Default working schedule shown in Figure 2-14.

    Figure 2-14

  3. In the Select Day(s) section, select and drag Monday through Friday in the list of days.
  4. Select the Set day(s) to these specification working times option at the top of the dialog. The software displays the default 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM working time in the Working times grid.
  5. Change the From and To times to reflect your organization’s working schedule.
  6. Click the OK button to close the Details dialog and return to the Change Working Time dialog.
  7. Click the OK button to close the Change Working Time dialog and save the new working schedule on the Standard calendar.

Creating a New Base Calendar

A Base calendar is a master calendar that represents a unique working schedule for your company. You should create custom Base calendars to show a project schedule different than shown on the Standard calendar. Before you create a new Base calendar, you must determine whether to create it by copying an existing Base calendar or to create the Base calendar from scratch. If you copy an existing Base calendar, such as the Standard calendar, the new Base calendar inherits the working schedule and holidays from the original Base calendar. If you create a new blank calendar with work schedule from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM with an hour for lunch, and with Saturdays and Sundays set as nonworking time.

To create a copy of an existing calendar, complete the following steps from the Enterprise Calendars page in the Project Web Access:

  1. Select an existing calendar and then click the Copy Calendar button. The system displays the Copy Calendar dialog shown in Figure 2-15

Figure 2-15

  1. Enter a name for the calendar in the Name field and then click the OK button. Project Server 2010 adds the new Base Calendar to the list of calendars on the Enterprise Calendars page, as shown in Figure 7-54. Notice that I created a new Base calendar named 4×10 Work to reflect the working schedule of resources who work for 10-hour days each week.
  2. Select the new Base calendar and click the Edit Calendar button. Project Server 2010 displays the Change Working Time dialog.
  3. Click the Work Weeks tab and then click the Details button. The system displays the Details dialog box.
  4. In the Details dialog, select the daily working schedule for each day of the week.
  5. Click the OK button to close the Details dialog and return to the Change Working Time dialog.
  6. Click the OK button to close the Change Working Time dialog and save the new Base calendar.

Importing a Base Calendar from a Project

Project Server 2010 allows you to import Base calendars created in local (non-enterprise) projects. For example, prior to our organization’s implementation of Project Server 2010, a project manager created a special Weekend Work base calendar in a project to schedule tasks that must occur only on a Saturday or Sunday. To import this Base calendar as an enterprise Base calendar, I must complete the following steps:

  1. Launch Project Professional 2010 and log into Project Server with administrator permissions.
  2. Open the local (non-enterprise) project.
  3. Click on the Project tab and then the Change Working Time button in the ribbon.
  4. In the Change Working Time dialog, click the For calendar pick list and select the Standard Project calendar.
  5. Click the Add Calendar to Enterprise button. The system displays the Add to Enterprise dialog.
  6. In the Add to Enterprise dialog, enter a new name that conforms to your organizational standard for naming Base Calendars and then click the OK button.
  7. Click the OK button to close the Change Working Time dialog.


May

05

After planning your Project Server implementation you realize you have many resources or users you need to add. This can be a tedious nightmare if you need to do it one by one in Server Settings. Fortunately there is an easier less painful way to get that list of resources in to the Project environment. If you have a list of resources in a spreadsheet for instance, you can easily import them all at once. This method does have a few manual steps but will save you some time. You can also add Active Directory users using this method which I will show you as well. You must have the Microsoft Project Client installed to perform these steps.

  1. First, login to PWA as a user with Administrator permissions.
  2. On the Quick Launch Bar, click on the Resource Center link.
  3. Click the Open button in the ribbon. This will open the Resource Center table in Microsoft Project Client.

  4. A project window opens with a series of columns. You can hide and add columns to match the spreadsheet with your resource list. The screen shot below shows the default view that opens in the Project client.

  5. If the resources you are adding are not users that will login to the system, you can simply paste the list of names from your spread sheet under the Resource Name column in Project. In my example I have a few Resources that will also login to the system. Screen shot A below shows my spreadsheet and column B shows the Project after I hid all the columns I did not need and added the ones I did. Make sure the order of the columns in the spreadsheet and Project match.

     

    A

    B

    To hide a column in Excel, click on the column header, right click and choose Hide Column. To add a column, click on the Add New Column column and choose the field you want to add.

  6. Now copy the fields from your spreadsheet (omitting the column headers) and paste in to your Project view. The screenshot below shows my project after pasting.

  7. Now Save your project and check in.
  8. Open PWA and go to the Resource Center. You will now see your new Resources added. The users who have logins will show up in the Manage Users section in Server Settings as well.

  9. To define a Timesheet Manager, Assignment Owner, RBS etc.. you will need to use the Bulk Edit tool. Select your new users, click the Bulk Edit button in the ribbon to open the Bulk Edit tool.

  10. Add values to the available fields to update your selected users then click the Save button to complete.

  11. Lastly, your users with logons will need to have their security set. The easiest way is to add them to security groups but you can also set their security individually. To add your users to groups click on Server Settings in the Quick Launch Bar, then click on the Manage Groups link under the Security section. Select a group you want to add your users to.
  12. On the Add or Edit Group page under the Users section, add your new users to the group. Under the Categories sections set the categories for the group if needed. Also set any Security settings if needed. Click the Save button to complete.

  13. You just saved yourself a week of manual work! Enjoy

Apr

20

Connect your Connections account to the Outlook Social Connector and stay up to the minute with the people in your network by accessing everything from e-mail threads to status updates in one single, centralized view.

For Office 2003 or 2007 Download and install OSC: Office 2003/2007 OSC 1.1
For Office 2010 download and install the OSC update at: Office 2010 x86 OSC 1.1 or Office 2010 x64 OSC 1.1

Download and install the Lotus Connections OSC plugin at: Lotus Connections OSC Plugin

Office 2010

Once you have installed OSC and the Lotus Connections OSC plugin, close all MS Office applications, and re-open your outlook. When you re-open your outlook, click on the Connections Tab > Preferences

User name: Enter your Lotus Connections username
Password: Enter your Lotus Connections password

You will only need to enter your URL once. https://YOURDOMAIN.com/activities, The rest of the URL’s will fill in automatically when you click “Test Connection”

Then click on View > People Pane > Account Settings

To complete the configuration of the OSC, we need to connect Outlook to Connections

Then select IBM Connections and click Connect and then click Finish

To open your People Pane, click on View > People Pane > Normal

Congratulations! Now you will see your Connections contacts in you people pane! (located at the bottom of your preview pane)

Office 2007

Once you have installed OSC and the Lotus Connections OSC plugin, close all MS Office applications, and re-open your outlook. When you re-open your outlook, you will receive a prompt to enter your user and server information:

User name: Enter your Lotus Connections username
Password: Enter your Lotus Connections password

You will only need to enter your URL once. https://YOURDOMAIN.com/activities, The rest of the URL’s will fill in automatically when you click “Test Connection”

To complete the configuration of the OSC, we need to connect Outlook to Connections

Then select IBM Connections and click Connect and then click Finish

Congratulations! Now you will see your Connections contacts in you people pane! (located at the bottom of your preview pane)

Apr

12

In the rare chance that you have accidently deleted or lost your Central Administration database in MOSS or Windows SharePoint Services environment. Do not sweat too much. You are in luck. Just follow the below steps and you will be good as new.

Solution

Central Administration database is actually really easy to recover. The trick is, if you have another Central Administration database that exists in the same domain, you need only to backup the database from one farm and restore it to the other. If you do not have a database you can copy from. You may need to make a new test farm on a new server and so you can copy from there.

Once you have another Central Admin to copy from. Follow the below steps

  1. Add a new content empty database to your existing central administration website.

(Note: Use the correct URL and port number that matches the CA you are trying to restore)

stsadm -o addcontentdb -url http://centraladmin:1234 -databasename SharePoint_Admin_Content


  1. Get a copy of another central admin database by backing up the Central Administration Site from another Server with the command below.

stsadm -o backup -url http://farmtobackup:6789 -filename c:\centraladmin.bak


  1. Restore the centraladmin.bak backup to the broken farm.

stsadm -o restore -url http://centraladmin:1234 -filename c:\centraladmin.bak


Enjoy your resurrected Central Administration site once again.

Mar

14

  1. Open Project Client
  2. Navigate to Tools > Enterprise Options > Microsoft Office Project Server Accounts

  1. Click Add
  2. Add the Site information exactly as you see below

  1. Choose Manually control connection state and click OK

  1. Close Project Client and reopen
  2. Choose the site you want to connect to from the drop down list
  3. Check Enter User Credentials and enter in your username and password.

You are now connected to Project Server 2010 in Backwards Compa

Mar

08

  1. Go to your site in Internet Explorer (BCM is just an example site)
  2. Selection from the top menu bar Tools > Internet Options

  1. Select the Security Tab > Trusted sites(1) >Sites(2)

  1. Click Add

  1. Your site is now added

  1. Click Close
  2. Set the level to Medium-Low

Note: Only if you experience multiple login prompts click Custom Level > Scroll all the way to the bottom > Select. Otherwise the below step is unnecessary.

Finished