Project server synchronization with active directory

Day of the Virtual Drives

 

As my boss is out of office for UMRAH at Holy city of Makkah (Saudi
Arabia) I have few things to finish
off.  My first task was to finish the project plan for the al wastani
project.  I tried my best to finish it off but it is much complex than it
looks.  My next step was to build test virtual machines and configure
Active Directory to be used for our project server deployment.  But
creating the virtual machine started the era of virtual machines.  I created
3 virtual machines.  1 for project server 1 for Active directory and 1 for
Longhorn hey from where the longhorn come from at this time luckily I got the
longhorn October 2003 PDC release from the a CD store.  So I think this is
the right time to install and see what’s the big deal.

            So
i upgrade an existing Win2k3 virtual machine for that and testing longhorn and
the result is that it isn’t look good of course it is an old
release.  But let see when I can get the Vista
and see what Microsoft has in it that is great.

 

Let’s come to the real thing.

Scenario

Connecting Project Serer enterprise resource pool to Active
Directory

  1. Install windows 2003 server
    with configure Active directory (give your computer a static IP and DCPromo
    in Run and some simple steps)
  2. Create Users in active
    directory
  3. Create same Groups in Active
    Directory with the same name as project server default groups e.g. Project
    Managers, Team Members
  4. Add the uses to the active
    directory groups
  5. Install project server 2003
  6. Add the Domain administrator
    account to project server as windows authentication
  7. Login to computer as domain
    administrator
  8. Start PWA.
  9. click Admin -> users and
    groups -> Groups
  10. Select and group and click
    modify
  11. Under the group name in active directory
    text box enter the name of the group in active directory e.g. Project
    Managers.
  12. Click Save
  13. On the Groups home page select
    a group from the groups grid and scroll down and expand the active
    directory user synchronization link.
  14. If you want to schedule the synchronization
    select the option and click save settings.
  15. Click Update now to synchronization
    instantly.
  16. Repeat the step for all groups
  17. On Admin page click users and
    groups you can see the users from the active directory added to the project
    server security groups.

 

Things to look for

  1. You must be login as Domain
    administrator account who has the rights to read from active directory
  2. You must uninstall the IE
    enhanced security pack
  3. Check the events in case of any
    error to synchronization.
  4. Enter the groups name without
    the domain e.g if your domain is PS and group is project manager you can
    only user project manager.

 

Its looks simple this way but it is tricky.  Make sure
to read the project server administration guide chapter 5 for synchronization
with active directory for reference purpose. 

 

Jerry

 

 

 

 

 

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