Back up item-level objects by using Project Web App (Project Server 2010)


Applies to: Project Server 2010

Topic Last Modified: 2011-03-14

This article describes how to back up specific project items in Microsoft Project Web App. This procedure does not back up the physical files of a database (.mdb), but creates backups of specific items in the database. These items are backed up from the Microsoft Project Server 2010 Published database to the Project Server 2010 Archive database.

In order to perform these procedures, you must log on to Project Web App as a member of the Project Server administrator group.

Backing up item-level objects

You can use the procedures in this article to back up the following project items:

Item Description


Includes project resources, assignments, tasks, custom field values, baseline data

Enterprise resource pool and calendars

Includes enterprise resources and enterprise calendars

Enterprise custom field

Includes enterprise custom field metadata, enterprise lookup table metadata, enterprise lookup table values

Enterprise global template

Includes all Project Professional table, macro, and view definitions

View definition

Includes statusing, Project Center, Portfolio Analyzer, and Resource Center view definitions

System setting

Includes the Web settings table. These are all of your system settings choices but do not include OLAP cube options.

Category and group setting

Includes settings for all Project Server categories and groups.

To back up data automatically by using a daily schedule

  1. Browse to Project Web App.

  2. On the Quick Launch, click Server Settings.

  3. On the Server Settings page, click Schedule Backup.

  4. On the Daily Backup Schedule page, in the Project Retention Policy box, type the number of backups that you want to retain.


    Increasing the number of backups requires more database space.

  5. For each project item in the Item section, select either Schedule or Never from the Option list to indicate whether you want to schedule a backup for that item.

  6. If you selected Schedule from the Option list, select the time that you want the backup to occur each day.

  7. Click Save.

To back up data manually

  1. Browse to Project Web App.

  2. On the Quick Launch, click Server Settings.

  3. On the Server Settings page, click Administrative Backup.

  4. In the Select Items section, select the check box next to each project item that you want to back up.

  5. Click Backup. The items that you have selected are backed up immediately.