Software requirements for servers

For basic use of Project Server, you need, at a minimum, Windows 2000 Server with Service Pack 3 or above and Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) 5.0 or above. When you install Project Server, it sets up a connection between your database engine and IIS.

For your database engine, you need SQL Server 2000 with Service Pack 3 or higher. If you want to use the portfolio modeling features that are available in Project Web Access, you need SQL Server Analysis Services, which is included with SQL Server but must be installed separately.

Microsoft also recommends that you use Windows Server 2003 as the operating system platform for Project Server, and if you want to use the documents and issues features of Project Server, you must be running Windows Server 2003 (the shipping build — if you were a tester, you need Build 3790 or above) and Windows SharePoint Services (WSS), formerly called SharePoint Team Services. Microsoft WSS is available for download at the Windows Update Web site (the link listed below) where you will find WSS by scanning for updates. WSS requires the NT File System (NTFS).

If you use Windows Server 2003, your version of IIS is 6.0.

A word to the wise: Windows Server 2003 Enterprise requires SQL 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3); it will not work with SP2. At the time of this writing, Microsoft did not have a version of SQL 2000 with Service Pack 3 available either as a download or on CD; that is, you needed to install SQL 2000 Service Pack 2 and then apply SP3. If you are upgrading to Windows Server 2003 Enterprise (I can't speak for other versions of Windows Server 2003), be sure that you apply SQL 2000 Service Pack 3 before you upgrade. That way, you avoid the "catch-22" that I encountered that forced me to ultimately reformat my drive, load an older version of Windows, load SQL 2000 with SP2, apply Service Pack 3, and then upgrade to Windows Server 2003.

Note

To use e-mail notifications, both the server and client machines need Microsoft Exchange 5.5, 2000, or later or Internet SMTP/POP3, IMAP4, or MAPI-compliant messaging software.

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