What people are asking about Project 2010 (Part 2)

project manager imageAs Microsoft Project 2010 settles into the market, I have noted that many users and potential users are trying to get a better understanding of the licensing and technology issues. From customer conversations over the past couple months, here are some of the questions that others are asking.

What happens to my existing Portfolio Server and CALs, that are covered by Software Assurance ?

If a customer has Project Portfolio Server and associated CALs under SA, then the customer has the right to use the same number of copies of Project Server 2010 and associated CALs. If a customer has both Project Server and Project Portfolio Server licenses under SA, upgrades from Project Portfolio Server to Project Server 2010 are in addition to Project Server and CALs.

Is Project Server available as part of Office 365 ?

Project Server is not currently available as part of Office 365, and Microsoft has not provided any information on if and/or when it might be. There are however, a number of Microsoft partners currently offering hosted MS Project Server services.

Why should I upgrade Project Server 2007 to Project Server 2010 ?

Project Server 2010 includes new capabilities such as the Fluent Server UI, Centralized Demand Management, Unified Portfolio Selection including Business Strategy Prioritization, Portfolio Prioritization and Optimization, Capacity Planning, Online Project Editing, Time Reporting Enhancements, Enhanced Reporting and Business Intelligence including Excel Services, SharePoint Report Center and KPI integration and Powerful Dashboards. It also allows more robust SharePoint Server 2010 and Exchange Server Integration

Do I need to purchase Sharepoint Server 2010 if upgrading to Project Server 2010 ?

SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise is an essential requirement for running Project Server 2010. In fact, for all practical purposes Project Server 2010 can be considered a SharePoint 2010 application. Customers must therefore be properly licensed for SharePoint Server (Standard CAL and Enterprise CAL). As was the case with Project Server 2007, customers also must be properly licensed to use SQL Server and Windows Server.

To support Project Server users who were covered by Software Assurance, but did not have SharePoint Server licensed, Microsoft has provided the right to use SharePoint licenses. Conditions apply and more information can be seen here.

What are the requirements for Project 2010 ?

  • Project Server 2010 is 64-bit only
  • Project Server 2010 requires  64-bit Windows Server 2008 or 64-bit Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Project Server 2010 requires 64-bit SQL 2005 or 2008
  • Project Server 2010 requires SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Edition
  • Project Server 2010 supports Internet Explorer 7 or 8
  • Microsoft Office 2007 (or later) is recommended; Office Excel 2007 (or later) is required for report editing

Is there an External Connector for Project 2010 ?

There is no external connector for Project 2010. Customers who need to support external users (such as off-site contractors, agents, or other non-affiliated workers) must purchase the appropriate number of Project Server CALs or Project Professional licenses. These users must also be properly licensed for other  underlying products such as Sharepoint and SQL.

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