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What’s new in Project Server 2019

Microsoft released the public preview of Project server 2019. This article provides a high-level overview of new and significantly updated functionality in Project Server 2019 Public Preview.

Base installation languages and language packs

Now that both the Project Server 2019 Public Preview and SharePoint Server 2019 Public Preview are installed through a single installation, the base language is automatically matched for both. For example, when you install SharePoint Server 2019 Public Preview (English – US), the base installation language for both Project Server 2019 Public Preview and SharePoint Server 2019 Public Preview will be English – US.

Project Web App changes

Administrators should know of a couple of big changes in the Project Web App that affects your users:

New Timeline options:

In Project Server 2019 Public Preview, in addition to performance improvements as well as accessibility improvements, note that there are several changes to the different features used in Project Web App. These include:

Team task enhancements – New way of working with task assignments

Timephased reporting data – Project admins can configure to roll up time-phased reporting data to different levels of granularity.

Email notifications – Project admins have more options on how they want to receive email.

Project IDs – Creates unique Project IDs on project creation.

Increasing custom field limits for reporting – Creates unique Project IDs on project creation.

Resource Engagement API’s – Able to take advantage of the API for Resource Engagement

Upgrading to Project Server 2019 Public Preview

When planning to upgrade to Project Server 2019 Public Preview take note of the following:

  • Upgrade only through Project Server 2016– If you are upgrading from earlier versions of Project Server, you must upgrade your databases to Project Server 2016 first in order to upgrade to Project Server 2019 Public Preview. There is no direct upgrade path from Project Server 2013 to Project Server 2019 Public Preview.
  • Project Web App site collection upgrade– The SharePoint 2016 content database that contains your PWA site collection needs to be upgraded as well during the upgrade process.
  • No in-place upgrade– You must first create a Project Server 2019 Public Preview and then attach and upgrade your Project Server 2016 databases to the new farm. In-place upgrade is not supported.
  • Upgrade through Microsoft PowerShell– Similar to the Project Server 2016 upgrade experience, upgrading to Project Server 2019 Public Preview will be through the use of PowerShell cmdlets.
  • Migrate your Project Server 2016 Resource Plans– You can migrate your Project Server 2016 Resource Plans to Resource Engagements in Project Server 2019 Public Preview.

Source:  Microsoft

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