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MS55115 - Planning, Deploying and Managing Microsoft Project Server 2013 (MS55115)

  • Overview
  • Who Should Attend
  • Certifications
  • Prerequisites
  • Objectives
  • Content
  • Schedule
Course Overview

Duration : 3 Days

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.

Who Should Attend

  • 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.

Course Certifications

This course is part of the following Certifications:


  • Microsoft Windows Server 20xx networking

  • Microsoft Project Professional.

  • Basic project management concepts.


Course Objectives

At Course completion

  • 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

  • Back and Restore Project Server 2013


Course Content

Module 1 : Overview of Porject Server 2013

This module provides the background knowledge to effectively plan a Project Server 2013 deployment . Lessons presented in this module  will detail what's new in 2013 , the logical and physical architecture , planning for high availability and scalability , and hardware and software requirements.


  • 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 Configrations
  • Non-Redundant Configurations
  • High Availability Configrations 
  • Network Load Balancing 
  • Failover Clustering
  • Database Mirroring / Log Shipping
  • SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups
  • System Requirements
  • Requirements for Project Professional 2013
  • Requirements for Porject Web App for Clients
  • Requirements for Wenb Front-End and Application Server
  • Describe the new features of Porject 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

This module describes how to install and configure the software and service prerequisites prior to installing SharePoint and Project Server 2013 . Lessons presented in this module will detail creating and associating the necessary service accounts , installing and configuring the software components and configuring SQL Server.


  • Creating Service Accounts
  • 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 : Creating Security Groups

Lab : Verify Prerequisite Software and Services

  • Create service accounts to be used in SharePoint/Project Server 2013
  • Install and configure Microsoft SQL Server 
  • Install and verify SharePoint Software Prerequisites


Module 3 : Deploying and Configuring SharePoint and Project Server 2013

This module describes how to install SharePoint and Project Server 2013, Lessons presented in this module will detail the stand-alone , single server and multi-server farm installations. You will learn the SharePoint design strcuture and how use the Initial Farm Configuration Wizard , manualy configuring SharePoint services and provision the Project Web App instance.


  • 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 Fam 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

  • Install SharePoint Server and Project Server 2013 Software
  • Configure SharePoint Server 2013
  • Deploy Project Web App


Module 4 : Configuring Project Server Clients

This module describes how to configure Project Server clients. Lessons presented in this module will detail how to create Project Server profiles , configure Internet Explorer to work with Project Web App.


  • 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

  • Install and configure Microsoft Project Professional 2013
  • Use Project Web App


Module 5 : Configuring Project Server

  • This module describes how to configure and manage time and task management settings.
  • Lessons presented in this module will detail how time and task reporting work in Project Server , what are financial periods and timesheet settings and how to configure them.You will learn how to Configure Operational Policies and import resources and project plans,


  • Configuring Fiscal Periods
  • Configuring Time Reporting Periods
  • Creating Line Classifications
  • Configuring Timesheet Settings and Defaults
  • Configuring Adminstrative 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 Project Plans


Module 6 : Managing Project Server Security

This module describes how to manage Project Server security. Lessons presented in this module will cover SharePoint and Project Server permission modes and detail how security works in both permission modes. You will also learn how to create Project Server security users , groups and categories and configuring the various permissions.


  • Overview of Project Server Security 
  • Understanding Permission Modes
  • Security Workflow - SHarePoint Permission Mode
  • Security Work - 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 Dynamic 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 : Work with Project Server Security Principals

  • Understand how Project Server Security works
  • Configure SharePoint Permission Mode
  • Configure Project  Server Permission Mode
  • Create Project Server Security Entities
  • Project Server Users
  • Project Server Groups
  • Project Server Categories


Module 7 : Configuring Enterprise Data Settings

This module describes how to configure the enterprise data settings , time task management and operational policies . Lessons presented in this module will cover how to create and configure enterprise custom fields , calendars , and time & task management.


  • Configuring Enterprise Custom Fields
  • Overview of Custom Fields
  • Enterprise Custom Fields
  • Creating Enterprise Custom Fields
  • Creating LookUp Tables
  • Preconfigured 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

  • Configure Enterprise Custom Fields
  • Configure Enterprise Objects


Module 8 : Configuring the Business Intelligence Center

This module describes how to configure the Business Intelligence Center. Lessons presented in this module will detail how to configure Project Web App Reporting with Excel Services and Secured Store Service. You will also learn how to configure SQL Server Analysis Services and create an OLAP database.


  • 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 Create 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

  • Configure Project Web App Reporting
  • Configure OLAP Cubes for Project Web App


Module 9 : Cusomizing Project Sites

This module describes hhow to configure and manage Project Sites. Lessons presented in this module will detail how Project Sites work , how to create a custom Project Site template.


  • Working with Project Sites and Elements
  • Working with Risks
  • Working with Issues 
  • Working with Document Libraries 
  • Working with Deliverables
  • Understanding Project Site Permissions
  • Configuring Projects Site Provisioning Settings
  • Create 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

  • Work with Project Sites and Elements
  • Create a Custom Project Site Template
  • Resolve common Application compatibility issues


Module 10 : Project Server Administration

This module describes the administrative tasks that a project server administrator will be required to know . Lessons presented in this module will detail how to work with administration tools , such as the Sharepoint Developer Dashboard , Project Server Log Level Manager , Health Analyzer and Usage Logging . You will also learn how to backup and restore project server objects and databases using sharepoint central admin and the SQL Server Management Console.


  • Working with Administration Tools 
  • SharePoint Developer Dashboard
  • Porject 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 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

  • Working with Administration Tools
  • Manage Project Server Queue Jobs and Enterprise Objects
  • Backup and Restore Server Data

Course ID: MS55115

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