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Microsoft Solutions: Planning & Deployment Best Pratices.

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Tips and Tricks: Work offline from Project Server

There are a number of reasons why you might want to work offline from Project Server.

* One, you might want to work on a project while flying across the country (but don’t take your eyes off the instrument panel).
* Two, the network you are using goes down unexpectedly while you’re are in the middle of managing an important project.
* Three, you want to share a project in Project Server using e-mail. Let’s look at these more closely.

Work on a project offline

Step 1: Check out a project

1. Start Project Professional 2010 and connect to Project Server.
2. On the File tab, click Open .
3. In the Open dialog box, click Retrieve the list of all projects from Project Server.
The Open dialog box displays a list of projects in Project Server.
4. Click the project you want to open, and then click Open
5. After the file opens, set Project to work offline from the server.
i. On the File tab, click Info.
ii. On the right, click Manage Accounts, and then click Work Offline.
6. When you have finished working on the project offline, close Microsoft Project.

Keep in mind, that when you open Project Professional again to continue working on the project offline, you need to select the server to which it was initially saved, and then click Work Offline in the Login dialog box.

Note: If you do not select the server to which the project file was initially saved, you will not be able to open the project file.

Step 2: Synchronize changes with Project Server

1. Start Project Professional.
2. In the Login dialog box, select the server to which the offline file was initially connected. Do not click Work Offline.

Note: If you do not select the server to which the offline file was initially connected, then you will not be able to open the file.

* On the File tab, click Open.
* In the Open dialog box, double-click the project name to open it from your computer
* On the File tab, click Close.
* When prompted to check in the file, click Yes.

Your project file is now synchronized with the version on the server.

Work Offline unexpectedly

If your computer becomes unexpectedly disconnected from Project Server, you can continue to make changes to your project plan. The next time your computer is connected to Project Server, the changes you made to the project will be synchronized to the server.

Do the following when you want to save your changes back to Project Server.

1. Start Project Professional.
2. In the Login dialog box, select the server to which the project was initially saved. Do not click Work Offline.
Note: If you do not select the server to which the project was initially saved, then you will not be able to synchronize the project with Project Server.
3. Close Project Professional.
If you are prompted, save and check-in the project.

Share a project

You can save a project from Project Server for sharing. When you do this, a Project .mpp file is created that you can send to team members as an e-mail attachment or to a file server. Use this method to share a file (rather than working on a project offline) when you want multiple people to work on the same file. When you receive the file back from them, you can synchronize the changes with Project Server.

Step 1: Save a project for sharing

1. Start Project Professional and connect to Project Server.
2. On the File tab, click Open .
3. In the Open dialog box, click Retrieve the list of all projects from Project Server.
4. On the File tab, click Save & Send.
5. On the right, click Save Project as File.
6. Click Save for Sharing.
7. Note: The Save for Sharing command is available only if the project has been saved to Project Server.
8. Click Save As button
9. Type a name for the project file. You can either type a new name or use the name that matches the name of the project on the server.

After saving the project with the new file name, you can send the file in e-mail to team members, who can open the file and make changes.

Note Changes can only be made by team members if they have Project Professional 2010.

Step 2: Synchronize the shared file with Project Server

Once the file has been returned to you, you can open it and synchronize the changes with Project Server

1. Start Project Professional and connect to Project Server.
2. In the Login dialog box, select the server from which the shared file was initially created. Do not click Work Offline.

Note If you do not select the server from which the project file was initially created, then you will not be able to synchronize the shared file with Project Server.
3. On the File tab, click Open.
4. In the Open dialog box, double-click the project name to open it.
5. On the File tab, click Save As.
6. Select the name of the original project from which the shared file was created.
If the shared file name matches the original project name, then the project name will be displayed in the Save to Project Server box.
7. Click Save. The shared file will now be synchronized with the original project.

New book: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Best Practices

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Best Practices (ISBN 9780735627192; 912 pages) is now available for purchase! Written by Exchange experts Siegfried Jagott and Joel Stidley, this book has already received raves from customers for pulling in candid advice and field-tested recommendations from industry experts around the world.

The book’s Contents at a Glance and an excerpt:

Contents
Part I Preparing for Exchange Server 2010

Chapter 1: Introducing Exchange Server 2010
Chapter 2: Exchange Deployment Projects
Chapter 3: Exchange Environmental Considerations

Part II Designing Exchange Server 2010

Chapter 4: Client Access in Exchange 2010
Chapter 5: Routing and Transporting
Chapter 6: Mailbox Services
Chapter 7: Edge Transport and Messaging Security
Chapter 8: Automated Message Processing, Compliance, and Archiving
Chapter 9: Unified Messaging
Chapter 10: Federated Delegation
Chapter 11: Designing High Availability
Chapter 12: Backup, Restore, and Disaster Recovery
Chapter 13: Hardware Planning for Exchange Server 2010

Part III Upgrading to Exchange Server 2010

Chapter 14: Upgrading from Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange Server 2007

Part IV Deploying and Managing Exchange Server 2010

Chapter 15: Preparing for a Deploying Exchange Server 2010
Chapter 16: Managing Exchange
Chapter 17: Operating and Troubleshooting Exchange Server 2010

Here’s an excerpt from the book’s Introduction:
Introduction

Welcome to Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Best Practices, a book that was developed together with the Microsoft Exchange product group to provide in-depth information about Exchange and best practices based on real-life experiences with the product in use in different environments. Numerous sidebars are also included that detail experiences from skilled industry professionals such as Certified Exchange Masters and Exchange Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs).

NOTE The book is largely based on the original version of Exchange Server 2010 released in October 2009 together with information about the changes that you can expect in Service Pack 1. Because Service Pack 1 was not yet released when the book was finished, we based our experience in the book on information available from the Microsoft Exchange product group and on a pre-release build of Service Pack 1. To make sure we only cover features that will be in the release of Service Pack 1, we addressed only the most notable changes.

In November of 2008 Joel was updating an Exchange 2007 book when the two of us began chatting about writing a book on Exchange 2010. Having worked on several books already, we did not want to write the usual “click-here-and-do-this” type of Exchange book. We wanted to do something special, something that reflected our passion for and dedication to Exchange. The idea of working together along with the Microsoft Exchange 2010 product group to produce a book that could document years of experience from so many knowledgeable people thrilled all of us.

From beginning to end, this book took about 17 months to complete, and took a great deal of effort by a lot of hard-working and intelligent people. We hope that this effort comes across to you and that you find this book a worthwhile part of your Exchange library.
Who Is This Book For?

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Best Practices is for experienced Messaging architects, Exchange administrators, support professionals, and engineers, especially those who are working in medium to large enterprise organizations and also have at least one year of experience in administering, deploying, managing, monitoring, upgrading, migrating, and designing Exchange Server. IT professionals who work in smaller companies also will benefit from the recommendations and sidebars presented in this book as well as many of the tips and tricks.

To get the most benefit from this book, prior to reading it you should at least be able to do the following:

■ Design and deploy an Exchange messaging enterprise according to business requirements.
■ Understand Active Directory concepts, especially how sites and services provide its essential structure.
■ Understand the Windows permission model.
■ Have good experience with the networking protocol TCP/IP v4 and the messaging protocol SMTP.
■ Understand Windows PKI infrastructures and digital certificates.

You should also understand the basics of Exchange Server 2010, including the differences between each of the Exchange server roles (experience gained with Exchange 2007 is valuable here), and you should have experience with using the Exchange Management Console (EMC) and the Exchange Management Shell (EMS). The book does not focus on the “how to” and thus does not include step-by-step guides for each and every setting. This book builds on the knowledge and experience needed to successfully pass the Microsoft 70-663 exam, Pro: Designing and Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010.

The target audience for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Best Practices is interested in insights and in looking beyond the common administrative tasks performed in Exchange 2010 as well as those who want to unveil the full functionality of the product.

This book is a 300-level technical book; however, the planning and managing chapter will also be very useful to IT managers seeking guidance on understanding technical concepts for managing Exchange projects.
How Is This Book Organized?

This book is organized into four parts:

■ Part I: Preparing for Exchange Server 2010
■ Part II: Designing Exchange Server 2010
■ Part III: Upgrading to Exchange 2010
■ Part IV: Deploying and Managing Exchange Server 2010

The first part of this book consists of three chapters that focus on preparing your organization for Exchange Server 2010. Chapter 1, “Introducing Exchange Server 2010,” provides an introduction to Exchange Server 2010, including high-level information about Exchange and Windows PowerShell. Chapter 2, “Exchange Deployment Projects,” provides a project-oriented approach to Exchange Server implementation as well as information about the imaginary company scenarios that are used throughout the book. Chapter 3, “Exchange Environmental Considerations,” then provides information about other areas, such as Active Directory, that you need to consider to have a successful Exchange implementation.

The second part of this book considers areas that are required for designing an Exchange Server 2010 implementation. In Chapter 4, “Client Access in Exchange 2010,” you learn about the Client Access Server role of Exchange 2010. Chapter 5, “Routing and Transport,” explains how message routing works and how you plan for the Hub Transport server role. Chapter 6, “Mailbox Services,” considers the Mailbox server role and explains the database changes introduced in Exchange 2010. Chapter 7, “Edge Transport and Messaging Security,” considers the details of the Edge Transport server role and, in addition to discussing messaging security, also covers antivirus and anti-spam functionality. Chapter 8, “Automated Message Processing, Compliance, and Archiving,” covers the Exchange compliance and archiving features and also explains how you can perform automated message processing. Chapter 9, “Unified Messaging,” explains Exchange Unified Messaging or how to access your mailbox using voice as well as OCS 2007 R2 interoperability with Exchange. Chapter 10, “Federated Sharing,” describes how to connect two Exchange Organizations using Federated Sharing. Chapter 11, “Designing High Availability,” introduces you to the concept of Database Availability Groups (DAGs) and how DAGs can be implemented to provide high availability for your messaging service as well discussing other availability aspects such as network load balancing. Chapter 12, “Backup, Restore, and Disaster Recovery,” takes you through backing up and restoring your Exchange servers, databases, and features to mitigate the need for restores. Chapter 13, “Hardware Planning for Exchange Server 2010,” concludes the design part of this book by providing guidance about hardware planning for your Exchange servers.

The third part of this book consists of Chapter 14, “Upgrading from Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange Server 2007,” which considers how you can approach the upgrade of your existing Exchange 2003 or Exchange 2007 installation to Exchange Server 2010 and what important factors you need to consider beforehand.

The fourth part of this book considers deploying and managing Exchange Server 2010. Chapter 15, “Preparing for and Deploying Exchange Server 2010,” describes how to prepare Active Directory and the servers for Exchange 2010, how you check your environment to make sure all Exchange requirements are covered, and how you install Exchange 2010 both manually and automatically. Chapter 16, “Managing Exchange,” discusses how to manage Exchange Server 2010. Finally, Chapter 17, “Operating and Troubleshooting Exchange Server 2010,” provides information about operating and troubleshooting your Exchange 2010 server environment.
How to Read This Book

This book is written as a reference, and each chapter was written to stand on its own, so you do not need to read the chapters in order—you can jump between the chapters that interest you. However, we’d like to point out some chapters that provide an excellent start and are used for other areas in the book as well.

Almost every chapter in the book uses sample scenarios that are introduced in detail in Chapter 2. These fictional scenarios are used as real-world examples and to provide illustrations of how the ideas presented in a chapter could be implemented in practice. Chapter 3 provides the basis for reading about Exchange environmental areas such as networks, operating systems, and certificates. We strongly recommend reading these chapters—they also provide an excellent overview and best practices around the topic you might want to investigate.
What This Book Is Not

In Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Best Practices, we assume that you have a good understanding of Exchange Server 2010 and Windows PowerShell 2.0. For this reason, this book does not teach the basics of every feature nor does it include a how-to section for common administrative tasks.

This book is also not a preparation guide for Exam 70-662: TS: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Configuring, or Exam 70-663: Pro: Designing and Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, even though when you apply the knowledge and experience covered in this book, it will help you to pass these exams.

In general, the book does not include detailed steps for every configuration setting but tries to provide a foundation so that you can make your own decisions for what would be optimal in your environment. It does not dictate one specific way to configure Exchange 2010; instead, it provides the options available and the factors that should influence your decisions. Thus this book is not a guide for how to configure your Exchange servers; it is meant to improve your already configured environment or help you add new features such as Unified Messaging.