Latest on EPM 2007



Single reference point for some of the latest stuff on EPM 2007 and other useful stuff for EPM 2007 admin & developer community


1.      Check Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007.


2.      Check System Center Operations Manager 2007 WSS 3.0 and MOSS Monitoring Packs


3.      Still not on SP1 for EPM 2007 - read:


o    Read SP1 resource center


o    Read - Description of the 2007 Microsoft Office servers Service Pack 1 and the 2007 Microsoft Office servers Language Pack Service Pack 1


o    Read - Description of the Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Service Pack 1


o    Read - Description of the Microsoft Office Project 2007 Service Pack 1


o    Read - Description of the Office 2003 Web Components Service Pack 1 for the 2007 Microsoft Office System


o    Read - Is your cube build slower, and your tempdb larger since loading EPM 2007 SP1


For list of issues fixed in SP1, please refer to the following knowledge base articles on http://support.microsoft.com/ :


·         Issues fixed in Project 2007 by 2007 Office suite Service Pack 1


·         Issues fixed in Project Server 2007 by Office 2007 Servers Service Pack 1


·         Issues fixed in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 by Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Service Pack 1


·         Issues fixed in Office SharePoint Server 2007 by 2007 Office System servers Service Pack 1


Another set of must read before you start SP1 upgrade


o    Planning and Deploying Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 in a Multi-server Environment


o    Deploying software updates for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0


o    Deploy software updates for Office Project Server 2007


4.      Need to verify if component version number after EPM SP1 – your best bet is blog from product team


5.      Having issues with outdated data on EPM 2007 reports based on updates done on Portfolio Server – Here you go! - EPMSync Utility


6.      Using Terminal Service for MSPP 2007 – read Troubleshooting Project Professional 2007 in a Terminal Services environment


7.      If you are responsible for admin and monitoring EPM 2007 - Download and get started with


o    Project Server 2007 Queue Watch Tool


o    Project Server 2007 Log File Report Tool


o    EPM 2007 Test Data Population Tool


o    EPM Timesheet & Status Customization Samples


8.      Interested in checking what at backend of EPM2007 is not working well – check the RML tools (Be careful – running SQL profiler trace will slow down the system – so plan you tracing window carefully and do not forget to stop it !!)


9.      Having issues with Project Local Cache – (some respite should come due to SP1) but still read the latest release article - Understanding the Local Project Cache feature and Configure the Local Project Cache settings


10.  Download and read the December update of the Project SDK


o    Most important – Sample for Project Server 2007 and SAP integration!


11.  Read useful article - Manage security in Project Server 2007


12.  Looking for integration of EPM 2007 with VSTS – Download and get started with Project Server 2007 VSTS Connector


13.  Check the new look and contents of EPMConnect


14. Looking for workflow on Project Server 2007, start with - Work with proposals in Project Server 2007


14.  Developing webparts for EPM 2007 –


Check if AJAX can help you as with Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP1 and Office SharePoint Server 2007 SP1, developers can use AJAX to create custom Web Parts. Check Microsoft Knowledge Base article 941955 for more detail on the workarounds


Other Technical Areas might be of interest -


1.      Get ready for Windows Server 2008


o    Evaluate Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate 1


o    Download free eBooks for Windows Server 2008


o    Read - Installing Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 on Windows Server 2008


2.      Ramp up on PerformancePoint Server 2007.


3.      Read what's new in Visual Studio 2008, download it and start coding! 


4.      Upcoming events


o    Office Dev Conference


o    SharePoint Conference 2008


o    TechEd US 2008 Developers or IT Professionals 


5.      Looking for training on EPM 2007 – check EPM University

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