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This section provides the technical information you need to know before planning, deploying, and using Project Server 2003, including the following:
The products that comprise Microsoft Office Project Server 2003 are shown in Figure 24.1.
Figure 24.1. To be fully functional, Project Server 2003 requires companion products, as shown in this figure.
Resources and projects are stored in SQL Server through Microsoft Project Server. Other project collaboration data such as documentation, risks, and issues can be stored in the same SQL Server using Microsoft's Window SharePoint Services.
Together, Microsoft Project Server, Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services, and the SQL Server database are known as the Microsoft Project repository or database. The information stored in a Project Server 2003 repository can be accessed via Microsoft Project Professional or via Internet Explorer with a Microsoft Project Web Access license.
The workgroup functions of Microsoft Project Standard 2003 will no longer be available in versions after Project Server 2003 and are hidden in Project Server 2003. With that in mind, this section will focus on the enterprise coupling only and Standard will not be discussed.
Microsoft Office Project Server 2003 Software Product and Version Requirements
To plan the deployment of Microsoft Office Project Server 2003, you need to know in detail the release levels of all associated software. The following sections specify these software version requirements for each product that is required to run Project Server 2003.
The Microsoft Project Professional 2003 client and server components can both be installed on the same PC.
The following products must be installed on a user's system in order for the full Professional edition capabilities to be available to that user :
A version of OWC that allows users to read predefined views, but not create new views, ships on the Microsoft Project CD. If a user accesses Project Web Access to view certain views and doesn't have Office Web Controls installed, the OWCs are installed from the Project Server. Users who want to create views must have a licensed copy of Office XP installed on their system.
The following products must be installed on a system that contains Project Server in order for the full Project Server 2003 edition capabilities to be available to that user:
You must use Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or later on the machine on which you have installed Windows SharePoint Services for using document management, issues, or risk features. Otherwise, Project Server 2003 does not require Windows 2003.
Previous Version Compatibility
For project publishing functions, Microsoft Project Server 2003 is compatible with Microsoft Project 2002. Furthermore, Microsoft Project Server 2003 is compatible with Microsoft Project Professional 2002. Microsoft Project Professional 2002 can publish projects to Project Server 2003 and Microsoft Project Professional 2003 can publish projects to Project Server 2002. Microsoft Project Server 2003 is not compatible with Project 2000.
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