Migrate to Project Online from Project Server

Learn more about upgrade from your Project Server 2016 or Project Server 2013 on-premises environment to Project Online.

Is Project Online for me?

The following are considerations you need to make when planning to migrate to Project Online from your existing Project Server environment:

Why would I prefer to migrate to Project Online Things that might prevent me from migrating to Project Online
I have mobile users.
Cost savings on hardware and software installation.
After migration, low costs to maintain my environment (for example, automatic updates, guaranteed uptime, etc.).
Business rules restrict me from operating my business in the cloud.
I need control of updates to my environment.

Migrate to Project Online

You can do the following to manually migrate your project plan data:

  1. Save your project plans from Project Server to MPP format.

  2. Using Project Professional 2013, Project Professional 2016, Project Professional 2019 Preview, or the Project Online Desktop Client, open each MPP file, and then save and publish it to Project Online.

You can also manually create your PWA configuration in Project Online (for example, recreate any needed custom fields or enterprise calendars).

For more information about Project Online, see:

Resource Description
Get started with Project Online
How to setup and use Project Online.
Project Online Service Descriptions
Information about the different Project Online plans that are available to you.

Need help with your migration?

A number of factors can affect how much effort you will need to put into your migration (for example, number of projects, complexity of projects, version of Project Server, etc.). If you need help with this, there are several options:

  • Get help from a Microsoft Partner - Upgrading to Project Online from Project Server can be a challenge, and requires a lot of preparation and planning. It can be especially challenging if you were not the one to setup and configure Project Server originally. Luckily, there are Microsoft Partners you can turn to who can help you with this. You can search for a Microsoft Partner to help with your migration on the Microsoft Partner Center. You can pull up a listing of all Microsoft Partner with expertise in Project by searching on the term Gold Project and Portfolio Management .

  • Get help from Microsoft Services - You can also use Microsoft Services to consult with Microsoft solutions experts who have the knowledge and experience to migrate you from your on-premises Project Server environment.