Brooks White, Sr. PFE SharePoint

I am a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer supporting SharePoint.

Turning off Access Requests in all sites in a web app

My customer uses Jive instead of Yammer for internal social media. Jive is housed in SharePoint 2013...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 08/06/2018

Lesser Used Features in the Project Desktop Client: Add object to task

This series covers the Microsoft Project 2016 and Project Online desktop client’s lesser known and...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 04/26/2018

Please upvote product suggestions on UserVoice

I was reviewing UserVoice input for suggestions about CSOM accessing Project Online and Project...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 04/04/2018

Providing notes to resources on their timesheets

My customer wanted to provide text notes to a resource about a task. The requirement that made this...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 01/08/2018

"Due to organizational policies, you can't access these resources"

I attempted to connect to my Project Online instance today with Project 2016 using my administrator...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 01/08/2018

I assembled this list of what is new/deprecated in SharePoint and Project Server 2016 for a customer...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 12/07/2017

Installing Project 2016 on a workstation with Office Pro Plus 2016 C2R (click to run)

My customer will be upgrading from Project Server 2013 to Project Server 2016 (all on premises). In...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 10/09/2017

HTTP or HTTPS in Office Online Server

I'm deploying a single Office Online Server for my SharePoint 2016 single server farm and using...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 06/28/2017

PWA banner says “This site is read-only at the moment.”

Testing a customer's database upgrade on my internal test servers, I ran into this problem again....

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 06/06/2017

Migrate-SPProjectDatabase : Error encountered while migrating project data in Content database. The INSERT permission was denied on the object 'MSP_RESOURCES', database 'PWA_Content', schema 'pjpub'.

I'm running a migration test from Project Server 2013 to Project Server 2016 and ran into a problem...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 05/13/2017

"Sorry, this site has not been shared with you." on PS2013 databases restored to a different domain farm.

I recently began working with a new Project Server 2013 customer and restored a copy of the...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 05/11/2017

GeneralActionCanceledBecauseServerEventServiceProblem (22002) Action cancelled because of a problem with the Project Server Event Service.

Today I was working on why a customer seems to be unable to delete nodes from their RBS table in...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 05/11/2017

After February 2017, no more support for Project 2013 with Project Online

***** Update Jan 26 2017 The deadline has been extended....

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 10/29/2016

SharePoint 2016 - Joining Farm failed. The exception is One or more types failed to load.

Problem My customer was setting up her first SharePoint 2016 server in a test farm and ran into a...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 10/28/2016

Actual hours can move in a plan

I have been working on actual work hours mismatches between timesheets and project plans. Kate...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 07/29/2016

What's the impact of an AD display name change on workflows?

The short answer: None that I can find and I'd like to learn about your experience in the comments...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 06/02/2016

Periodic Tasks for Project Managers

Periodic Tasks for Project Managers     Daily  Check the queue for Failed and Blocking jobs related...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 04/04/2016

Tell the Product Group what you want to see!

The Product Group wants to know how Microsoft can improve SharePoint Server, SharePoint Online,...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 02/04/2016

403 error in IE when accessing the Project Online OData feed URL

This morning, I fired up my Microsoft Edge browser to connect to my demo tenant for Project Online...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 12/18/2015

Time to create timesheet periods for 2016!

My customers are starting to send me questions about setting up timesheets for 2016, so here's...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 11/25/2015

Where did "Close tasks to updates" go in Project Server 2013/Project Online?

In performing some troubleshooting today for Project Online, I went to "Close tasks to...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 11/13/2015

Email notifications available in Project Online

Email notifications are available now in Project Online! Turn on notifications in Project Online -...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 10/26/2015

SharePoint and Project Online roadmaps

I thought I had posted about this already. Go to the Office 365 Customer Success Center to see the...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 09/23/2015

MPUG has a neat article about reporting in Project Server.

If you are not subscribed to receive updates from http://www.mpug.com/, I would recommend you...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 08/11/2015

Real world problems upgrading to Project Server 2013

I recently helped a customer upgrade from Project Server 2010 to Project Server 2013. In the course...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 07/07/2015

SPUpdatedConcurrencyException: An update conflict has occurred, and you must re-try this action.

I frequently build and tear down PWA instances on my test servers. Today on my Project Server 2013...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 04/22/2015

Act as delegate causes inability to connect with Project Pro

Lately, I have been troubleshooting quite a bit in Project Server 2013's PWA and Project Pro...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 03/16/2015

No permissions to read Project Web Access Enterprise Global file.

I have been setting up my Project Server 2013 multi-server test farm for a demonstration next week...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 02/26/2015

"From the Trenches" white papers about enterprise project management

Whether you're new to project management or a seasoned professional, it can be helpful to have...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 02/14/2015

Disconnecting a single server from a SharePoint farm

How to remove a single SharePoint server from your server farm. Performing these steps will remove...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 01/30/2015

Periodic Tasks for Project Server Administrators

Periodic Tasks for Project Server Administrators Daily Check the queue for Failed and Blocking jobs....

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 01/30/2015

"Reporting (Project Sync)" queue job when linking tasks to risks.

A customer pain point brought to my attention this week is related to linking tasks to risks from...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 12/12/2014

MUST READ: "Project Server and Synchronizing Users to Project Sites" by Brian Smith

Brian Smith has posted a very interesting blog article about synchronizing users in Project Server...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 12/04/2014

Best Practices for Project Server 2010, 2013, and Online Permissions

The cardinal rule of permissions: Keep It Simple The highest rule of permissions best practice is to...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 10/27/2014

Find and Manage Updates for SharePoint 2010/2013 and Project Server 2010/2013

I've always maintained a list of my own links to updates, but I learned of these two links...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 09/29/2014

This link has been making the rounds lately and I wanted to share it. SharePoint patching...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 08/26/2014

Can I make changes to the Reporting DB?

A customer asked me today if he could make changes to the Reporting database in his Project Server...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 08/21/2014

Baselining Best Practices

The following MPUG article by Kenneth Steiness is a good introduction to the basics of baselining. A...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 08/04/2014

Add AD group to all PWA project sites with Read Only permission using PowerShell

Until I can figure out who to cross post between the Project Server PFE Team Blog and my own blog, I...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 06/26/2014

SPS Farm Report

Today, I learned about a PowerShell script that is already part of some of the diagnostic tools I...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 04/02/2014

Pretty darned useful - "Merge-SPLogFile" cmdlet

My favorite ULS logging PowerShell command is described here:...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 03/26/2014

Team members receive Access Denied when accessing Project Details

Problem: Team member with My Tasks set by Team Members template and the same for Global Permissions....

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 01/28/2014

Project Server 2010 Queue is VERY Slow

I ran into a problem with a customer late last week that I had never encountered before. That's...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 01/13/2014

A feature/function comparison of Project Online and Project Server 2013

If you are wondering what the differences are between Project Online and Project Server 2013,...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 12/17/2013

Your client does not support opening this list with Windows Explorer.

On my test server, while attempting to upload about ten .odc files to the Trusted Data Connection...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 08/19/2013

Alerts and Reminders in Project Online

Today, I learned that Alerts and Reminders isn't available in Project (2013) Online....

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 08/16/2013

Project Pro and Project Server 2010 and 2013 August 2013 CU released.

The August 2013 CU for Microsoft Project and Project Server 2010 and 2013 were released today....

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 08/14/2013

How Percent Complete Is Calculated for Nested Summary Tasks

I ran into this problem again with a Project Server 2007 customer today. The project plan had more...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 08/07/2013

Editing enterprise custom field lookup table, Error='gzip' is not a supported encoding name.

Editing an enterprise custom field lookup table, I received an unexpected error with no other...

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 08/06/2013

Project 2010 and Project Server 2010 Service Pack 2 (SP2) Released!

Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Project 2010 and Project Server 2010 has been released....

Author: Brooks White - Sr. PFE SharePoint Date: 07/24/2013

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