Microsoft Project Server 2016 – “On Premises”

What Is New and What Are the Requirements for a Change?

Microsoft Project Server 2019 is the latest version of the proven server-based tools for project and portfolio management. At present, only the RTM Version is available. But the sales launch is expected before the end of 2018.

As with Project Server 2016, the latest version is a feature of Microsoft SharePoint. You will install SharePoint 2019 and activate Project Server 2019 after purchasing the licenses.

New Functions of Project Server 2019

Project Server 2019 is a copy of Project Online as of May 2018. The new features in Project Server 2019 are:

  • Team Tasks can be accepted by several resources
  • Configurable granularity (days, weeks, months, fiscal periods) of the Timephased Data in the reporting database
  • More settings for email notifications
  • Unique project IDs when creating projects
  • 450 custom fields and lookup tables
  • Resource Engagement API available

More on the new Project Server 2019 features.

Note: If you are still working with Project Server 2013 or an older version, please also check the changes introduced with Version 2016. The most important change was the improvement of resource planning in collaboration with the team leaders. However, a more efficient way to implement this is with TPG TeamManager – starting from Project Server 2013.

New Functions in Project Professional Client 2019

  • Name of the Summary Task as a column
  • Predecessors and Successors with pick lists
  • Percentage of completion in the Timeline view
  • Labeling of timelines

Important note: So far, the functions for agile planning methods have not been included in Version 2019. These seems to remain reserved for the Project Online Desktop Client.

Important news dated September 28th, 2018:
Microsoft unveils product roadmap for project and portfolio management (PPM) – New “Project” Service announced.
Read more about the New “Project” Service in this blog article.
(The article will be constantly updated.)

Evaluation of New Version 2019

Compared to Version 2016, the more interesting features are those for team resources and the granularity of the Timephased Data in the reporting database, which were mentioned first.  Microsoft also made some significant improvements in the background concerning the technology and performance. 

If you are still working with Project Server Version 2013 or older, we definitely recommend the migration to Project Server 2019 or to Project Online.

However, the range of functions in MS Project 2019 Client is smaller than in the Project Online Desktop Client, which can be streamed from the cloud and used offline. We therefore recommend using the Project Online Desktop Client, as it can be used with Project Server 2019 and its predecessors.

Why Should You Consider Changing to Project Server 2019?

If you are still working with an earlier version of Project Server, you should know the end dates for mainstream support and the chargeable extended support of your versions. The deadlines are:

  • Project Server 2010: expired since October 2015 (Extended Support until October 2020) 
  • Project Server 2013: expired since April 2018 (Extended Support until April 2023)
  • Project Server 2016: July 2021 (Extended Support until July 2026)

Find more detail here.

If your IT department makes a point of using only products for which support is still provided, you should consider changing to Project Server 2019.

Compatibility of Project Server 2019 / 2016 with the Client Versions

Access to Project Server 2019 is possible with:

  • Project Professional 2016
  • Project Professional 2019
  • Project Online Desktop Client (streamed version, monthly subscription, always the latest version with the latest features)

For comparison: Access to Project Server 2016 is possible with:

  • Project Professional 2013
  • Project Professional 2016
  • Project Professional 2019
  • Project Online Desktop Client

Technical System Requirements for Project Server 2019

  • Windows Server 2016 Standard or Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2019 Standard or Datacenter 
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2016
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2017

For comparison: System Requirements for Project Server 2016

  • Windows Server 2016 Standard or Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • The 64-bit edition of SQL Server 2014 with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
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Our tip: Before you opt for Project Server 2019, you should take advantage of the free trial option for Project Server in the Project Online Version. The benefit of this is that you will have no investment (except for the monthly subscription fees) and could start the trial immediately.

Migration to Project Server 2019

Migration only works by installing the next version and taking over the database(s) from the old version. If you are starting from an earlier version of Project Server, migration has to take place step by step. From Version 2010 to 2013 to 2016 to 2019. 

For this process, TPG employs a proven migration method (Link: )

More detail on the migration to Project Server 2019

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