SharePoint Server 2010 and Project Server 2010 – Administrate Both
By: Collin Quiring
One of the changes that Project Server 2010 brings is that it requires SharePoint Server 2010 to operate. While this is great from the perspective of functionality it does mean that companies may have to invest more in software and licensing than they would prefer to do and it means that an administrator that understands how Project Server works will need to learn SharePoint Server as well.
In my opinion, if you are going to be an effective Project Server 2010 administrator, I believe that you need to have more than just a casual knowledge of how SharePoint Server 2010 is administered. I am sure that there are some folks that would disagree but with the level of integration between Project and SharePoint it is going to be increasingly difficult to know where one ends and the other begins. Without knowing how the two relate with each other, I think that an administrator is going to be frustrated very often!
I am sure that some Project Server administrators won’t want to take this on as it will be perceived mostly as a case of “more to learn and do” and they will have the hope that there is already somebody else that is the SharePoint administrator that can “do that stuff”. At first I fell into that camp myself – thinking that learning more about SharePoint would distract me from my real goal of administering Project Server. However, I have learned in the last few months a lot about SharePoint Server and have become one of the proponents about its capabilities. The functionality that it will bring to Project Server is highly beneficial. From an administrators perspective I think that the 2010 version is going to be easier to manage than 2007 – but it still has a number of inter-dependencies upon itself and with Project which cause interesting issues to pop up every now and then.
In an effort to become better acquainted I was looking for an opportunity to learn the tool better in a real production environment. To that end, I have recently had the opportunity to manage a large SharePoint Server 2007 Farm with over 600,000 users. Yes, 600,000. In fact, we will be installing SharePoint Server 2010 in the next couple of weeks and then migrating over to 2010.
While I don’t recommend trying to administer a SharePoint Server with that many users, I do recommend that if you are Project Server administrator you start to learn how SharePoint works. It can only make your job with Project easier and your end users will notice the increased functionality and integration.