The Customizable Platform for Enterprise-Wide Project and Portfolio Management

Microsoft Project Server 2019 is the penultimate version of the proven server-based tool for project and portfolio management. The latest version is Microsoft Project Server Subscription Edition. As with Project Server 2016, the 2019 version is a feature of Microsoft SharePoint. You will install SharePoint 2019 and activate Project Server 2019 after purchasing the licenses.

New: Microsoft Project Server Subscription Edition

The new version of SharePoint Server has been available for viewing as a public preview of Microsoft SharePoint Server Subscription Edition since July 20, 2021. As early as 2020, Microsoft announced that the coming versions of Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, Skype for Business Server and Project Server would only be available with the purchase of a subscription license. The latter also entitles companies to support, product updates and security patches.

The Microsoft Project Server Subscription Edition is part of the SharePoint Server Subscription Edition installation and thus likewise available as a preview. This is where you will find a list of the new features and updates.

Follow this link for the download of the public preview of the Microsoft SharePoint Server Subscription Edition.

Functions of Microsoft Project Server 2019

Project Server 2019 is a copy of Project Online as of May 2018. The additional features in Project Server 2019 compared to version 2016 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.

This article describes features and functionality that have been removed in Project Server 2019 that had been previously available in Project Server 2016.

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 can be found in the new Project for the Web (Project Plan 1) and the Project Online Desktop Client (Project Plan 3).

Previous versions

Find information about the previous versions here:

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Evaluation of Microsoft Project Server 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 Consider Changing to Project Server?

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)
  • Project Server 2019: January 2024 (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.

Advantages Of Project Server / Online

Why you should use Project Server & not Project Client as a standalone tool.

  • Components at a glance
  • Possibilities for companies in detail
  • Reasons and arguments for your boss

Why Microsoft Project Server?

Compatibility of Project Server 2019 with the Clients

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)

More detail on the technical compatibilities of Project Server here.

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

More detail on the technical system requirements of Project Server here

 

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)

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 is that you will have no costs (except for the monthly subscription fees) and could start the trial immediately.

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Migration to Microsoft 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 Project Server migration method.

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