55115: Planning, Deploying and Managing Microsoft Project Server 2013

55115: Planning, Deploying and Managing Microsoft Project Server 2013


This course is intended for Administrators, Systems Engineers, PMO Managers, Project Managers, Consultants and other people responsible for the deployment and management of a Microsoft Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) Solution using Project Server 2013.


  • Microsoft Windows Server 20xx networking.
  • Microsoft Project Professional.
  • Basic project management concepts.


3 days.

Course Objectives

The goal of this three-day instructor-led course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively plan, deploy and administer Microsoft Project Server 2013.

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Plan a Microsoft PPM Deployment
  • Configure SQL Server for SharePoint/Project Server 2013
  • Deploy SharePoint and Project Server 2013
  • Install and configure Project Server client software
  • Create enterprise custom fields
  • Configure and manage views and security
  • Configure and manage time and task management settings
  • Customize project sites
  • Import projects and resources
  • Work with Project Server Administration Tool
  • Backup and Restore Project Server 2013

Course Content

Module 1: Overview of Project Server 2013
What’s New in Project Server 2013
Project Online in Office 365
SharePoint Permission Mode
Database Consolidation
My Tasks: All Tasks in One Location
Improvements in Exchange Integration
Other Improvements
Understanding Project Server 2013 Architecture
Logical Architecture
Physical Architecture
Client Applications
SharePoint Server
Microsoft SQL Server
Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services
Understanding Physical Configurations
Non-Redundant Configurations
High Availability Configurations
Network Load Balancing
Failover Clustering
Database Mirroring / Log Shipping
SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups
System Requirements
Requirements for Project Professional 2013
Requirements for Project Web App for Clients
Requirements for Web Front-End and Application Server
Describe the new features of Project Server 2013
Explain the architecture of Project Server 2013
Describe the physical configurations of Project Server 2013
Explain the hardware and software requirements

Module 2: Installing and Configuring Prerequisites
Overview of Service Accounts
Creating Service Accounts
Creating Security Groups
Configuring SQL Server
Install Required SQL Server Features
Configure SQL Services
Configure Collation Settings
Determine Authentication Mode
Configure SQL Server for Project Server 2013
Configure Windows Firewall Settings
Installing SharePoint Software Prerequisites
SharePoint 2013 Products Preparation Tool
Manual Installation of Prerequisite Software
Lab : Creating Service Accounts
Lab : Create Security Groups
Lab : Verify Prerequisite Software and Services

Module 3: Deploying and Configuring SharePoint and Project Server 2013
Installing SharePoint and Project Server Software
SharePoint Setup Program
Standalone Installation
Farm Installation
Project Server Setup Program
Configuring SharePoint Server 2013
SharePoint 2013 Products Configuration Wizard
Running the Farm Configuration Wizard
Manually Configuring SharePoint Services
Configuring a Multi-Server Farm
Deploying Project Web App
Overview of Sites and Site Collections
Creating a Web Application
Lab : Installing SharePoint and Project Server Software
Lab : Configuring SharePoint Server 2013
Lab : Deploying Project Web App

Module 4: Configuring Project Server Clients
Configuring Project Professional 2013
Overview of Microsoft Project 2013
Installing Microsoft Project Professional 2013
Difference between Authentication and Authorization
Creating a Project Server Authentication Profile
Logging on to Project Server
Managing Local Project Cache
Using Project Web App
Logging on to Project Web App using Internet Explorer
Adding the Project Web App Site to Trusted Sites Zone
Using the Running as a Different User Option
Supported 3rd Party Web Browsers
Lab : Configuring Project Professional 2013
Lab : Using Project Web App

Module 5: Configuring Project Server
Configuring Fiscal Periods
Configuring Time Reporting Periods
Creating Line Classifications
Configuring Timesheet Settings and Defaults
Configuring Administrative Time
Configuring Task Settings and Display
Manage Timesheets
Timesheet Manager
Configuring Operational Policies
Configuring Additional Server Settings
Active Directory Enterprise Resource Pool Synchronization
Configuring Connected SharePoint Sites
Importing Resources and Project Plans
Overview of Importing Data
Importing Resources to Enterprise
Importing Projects to Enterprise
Lab : Configuring Time and Task Management Settings
Lab : Configure Task Settings and Display
Lab : Importing Resources and Projects

Module 6: Managing Project Server Security
Overview of Project Server Security
Understanding Permission Modes
Security Workflow – SharePoint Permission Mode
Security Workflow – Project Server Permission Mode
SharePoint Security Permissions
Default SharePoint Groups
Adding Users to SharePoint Groups for PWA
Switching Permission Mode
Project Server Security Permissions
Global Permissions
Category Permissions
Category Dynamics Rules
Security Templates
Creating Project Server Security Principals
Creating Project Server Users
Understanding Project Server Groups
Creating Project Server Groups
Understanding Project Server Categories
Creating Project Server Categories
Lab : Working with SharePoint Security Permissions
Lab : Creating Security Templates
Lab : Working with Project Server Security Principals

Module 7: Configuring Enterprise Data Settings
Configuring Enterprise Custom Fields
Overview of Custom Fields
Enterprise Custom Fields
Creating Enterprise Custom Fields
Creating Lookup Tables
Preconfigured Enterprise Custom Fields
Configuring Enterprise Objects
Resource Breakdown Structure
Security Rules and the Resource Breakdown Structure
Configuring Enterprise Calendars
Configuring the Enterprise Global Template
Lab : Configuring Enterprise Custom Fields
Lab : Configuring Enterprise Objects

Module 8: Configuring the Business Intelligence Center
Configuring Project Web App Reporting
Configuring Prerequisites
Configuring SQL Server
Configuring Excel Services
Configuring Secure Store Service
Configuring OLAP Cubes for Project Web App
Overview of OLAP Cubes
How Project Server Creates OLAP Cubes
Requirements for SQL Server Analysis Services
Configuring the OLAP Database Configuration
Lab : Configuring Project Web App Reporting
Lab : Configuring OLAP Cubes for Project Web App

Module 9: Customizing Project Sites
Working with Project Sites and Elements
Working with Risks
Working with Issues
Working with Document Libraries
Working with Deliverables
Understanding Project Site Permissions
Configuring Project Site Provisioning Settings
Creating a Custom Project Site Template
Customizing the Project Site
Adding Web Parts to a Project Site
Adding SharePoint Apps
Saving the Project Site as a SharePoint Template
Changing the Default Project Site Template
Lab : Configuring Project Site Provisioning
Lab : Creating a Custom Project Site Template

Module 10: Project Server Administration
Working with Administration Tools
SharePoint Developer Dashboard
Project Server Log Level Manager
Health Analyzer
Diagnostic Logs
Best Practices with Diagnostic Logs
Managing Queue Jobs and Enterprise Objects
Managing Queue Jobs
Deleting Enterprise Objects
Forcing Check-In of Enterprise Objects
Backing Up and Restoring Project Server Data
Project Server Disaster Recovery
Disaster Recovery using SharePoint Central Administration
Backing Up a Database using SQL Server Management Studio
Restoring a Database using SQL Server Management Studio
Lab : Working with Administration Tools
Lab : Working with Enterprise Objects
Lab : Backing up and Restoring Project Server Databases

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