Install and Configure Project Server 2010 – Part 1 of 2

Microsoft Project Server 2010Microsoft Project Server 2010 is one of the great add-ons to SharePoint 2010. Microsoft describes Project Server as providing “innovative capabilities across the entire life cycle to help organizations effectively initiate, select, plan and deliver projects on time and within budget.”

We always praise Microsoft for continuing to make all of their products work well with one another. Project Server is no exception. Many of you (Project Managers or not) have probably at least seen the desktop version of Microsoft Project. Just like Office Web Apps, Project Server 2010 allows an end user to take advantage of many Microsoft Project features that the desktop version offers, without having it actually installed on your workstation.

The good news?

You can now manage your projects from just about anywhere.

The bad news?

You can now manage your projects from just about anywhere.

One of the big misconceptions with Project Server 2010 for SharePoint is that the installation can be a pain. The installation and initial configuration of Project Server is actually very simple. I will give a high-level overview of the installation here in Part One of this two-part series. This guide assumes that you already have a living SharePoint 2010 Farm, and are ready for installation. Let’s get right to it!

The Microsoft Project Server 2010 Installation:

The following steps will need to be completed on all SharePoint servers in your farm. This includes Application servers as well as Web Front End servers.

  1. From your installation media location, run the Default.hta file. This will launch the Project Server 2010 splash screen. Select Install Project Server.Install Project Server
  2. Enter the Product Key and select Continue.
  3. On the Read the Microsoft Software License Terms page, select the check box next to “I accept the terms of this agreement.” Click Continue.
  4. From the file location page, choose the appropriate installation location. Select Install Now. *On this particular example, I only have one local drive, therefore my options are grayed out.Choose a file location
  5. The installation begins!
  6. When the installation finishes, you will see the below screen asking you to run the SharePoint Configuration Wizard. Uncheck the check box and click Close.Run Configuration Wizard
  7. Complete steps 1 through 6 on all SharePoint servers in your farm.

Install Service Packs:

Project Server 2010 now has Service Pack 1 and Service Pack 2. You must download and install these individually. I recommend this be done prior to running the SharePoint Configuration Wizard for the first time after installation.

Download Links:

Project Server 2010 SP1: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=26636

Project Server 2010 SP2: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39657

  1. Browse to the location you saved each service pack. Run the install for Service Pack 1.
  2. Upon completion of Service Pack 1, do the same for Service Pack 2.
  3. Repeat steps one and two on all SharePoint servers.

Run Configuration Wizard

Now that you have the Project Server installation at the latest patch level, we can now run the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard to incorporate Project Server with SharePoint.

  1. Browse to Start > All Programs > Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products > SharePoint 2010 Products Configuration Wizard.SharePoint 2010 Products Configuration Wizard
  2. At the Welcome to SharePoint Products screen, notice the message “This wizard will upgrade SharePoint Products.” This message indicates SharePoint software was installed and will now be configured for use. Click Next.
  3. You will see the following warning which indicates that a few services will need to be restarted during the Configuration Wizard. This is normal, and will cause a short outage if this installation is occurring on a live SharePoint site. Click Yes.SharePoint Configuration Wizard Warning
  4. On the Completing the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard page, verify the information and click Next.Completing the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard
  5. At the Configuration Successful page, click Finish. 

That essentially wraps up the installation of Project Server 2010. Now that this has been completed, you will be able to start the Project Server Service and provision the Project Server Service Application.

We will go over the next steps in Part 2 of this series, which will be posted in approximately one month. I will also go into the provisioning of the Project Web Application.

Please stay tuned to the Fpweb.net Blog for more information.

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One Response to Install and Configure Project Server 2010 – Part 1 of 2

  1. Christine says:

    Where’s Part 2???

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