In this chapter, you explored the software and hardware requirements for Project Server. You found out about the order in which you need to install the other software packages before you install Project Server and the basic configuration settings for those packages. You installed and configured Project Server so that the database was ready to be customized for your organization's needs.

You read about potential performance issues and saw some sample hardware configurations to help you improve performance. In Chapter 19, you explore the administrative tasks that are associated with customizing the Project Server database to support your organization.

Organizational Roles and Project Server: The Administrator

In Chapter 17, you reviewed design issues and approaches to successfully implementing Project Server. In Chapter 18, you went through the process of installing and configuring the software that is necessary to use a Project Server database. In this chapter, you explore setting up and customizing the Project Server database to meet your organization's needs.

During this stage where you set up and customize the Project Server database, you need the skills of the following types of people:

♦ An information technology (IT) person with background in hardware, networking, and connectivity

♦ A project management (PM) person with extensive knowledge of your organization's needs while managing projects

Once the design and implementation team has identified certain components that your organization will use, the IT person can work independently on some tasks while, at the same time, the PM person works independently on other tasks. To complete the setup, these two individuals will probably work together. As you read the tasks in this chapter, you can decide who should perform each task.

In This Chapter

Double-checking the settings

Managing users

Managing Enterprise Project versions

Working with the Enterprise Global template

Setting up and editing enterprise resources

Importing projects

Setting up administrative projects

Customizing Project Web Access

Completing housekeeping chores

This chapter is organized to present the tasks in the order that they need to be done. Doing things in order when setting up and customizing the Project Server database to meet your organization's needs is not as critical as doing things in order was when installing the software, but doing some tasks before other tasks can make the implementation run smoother. And, you'll find that some of the tasks overlap. For example, you add users to categories and categories to users. In most of these cases, it really doesn't matter which you do first, because you'll complete one task when you complete the other task.

Once you have Project Server up and running, you will need to make occasional changes to the database. For these types of changes, the Project Server administrator needs to be someone with project management background rather than someone with an information technology background. The role of administrator for the Project Server database over time will fall to someone who is more intimately involved with project management and will become a maintenance job.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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