Friday, 8 June 2012 6:11 PM
I have some servers ( vm ) , objective is to find at what time of the year how many will be required by the team.
- What I have done is created some tasks spanned over 6+ months.
- Allocated some resources ( people ) to those tasks.
- Now I also want allocate VM to the tasks for eg task1 will require 4 VM’s and task 2 will require 3 VM’s.
- Now if in Resource sheet I am adding VM resources of type Work , the duration decreases as it assumes that two folks are working on it.
If I put resource as Material , I don’t get the exact no at a time as Materials are consumables and it just add up the no’s.
Similarly cost also doesn’t help.
Is there any way I can get to my objective : I need to know at some point of time of year how many VM’s will be used by the engineers.
Friday, 8 June 2012 6:18 PMModeratorsagwarwal1981 --I would create the VM resource as a Material resource and enter Each as the Material Label value. Then you can assign the VM resource in either the to the task, using either the Assign Resources dialog or the Task Entry view, and enter how many VM resources you need by entering the number in the Units column. For example, on Task1, enter 4 in the Units column. Just a thought. Hope this helps.
Friday, 8 June 2012 6:35 PMModerator
YOu're perfectly right, VMs are definitely NOT material resoruces, they are work resources. What you simply have to do is before adding them as a resource to the task, set the task as NOT EFFORT DRIVEN; then adding the VMs as work resoruces will NOT change the duration of the task.
This gives you all the flexibility of a work resoruce - look at (over) allocations and even if necessary use resource leveling to limit teh VMs to their Max. Units.
Friday, 8 June 2012 6:53 PM
Thanks a lot Jan but when I say task not effort Driven but "Fixed Duration" I looses the flexibility of task as its duration becomes fixed if somehow in future for as task I want to put 2 people to fasttrack it using same VM ( h/w) I loose that option.
My whole problem is I have lot of coding and testing tasks and developers and testers require h/w to test and code and I need to be sure at certain point of time how many VM's in addition to people resources I need, My tasks are still effort Driven or of type work..
Appreciate the quick reply.
Friday, 8 June 2012 7:27 PMModerator
Well, i did not say fixed duration, only effort driven off. If necessary after having added the VMs as a resource you can reset to effort driven on or reset to fixed work.
Saturday, 9 June 2012 1:04 AM
I am little novice to project
1. When I am selecting "Fixed Work" the "Effort Driven" is already checked and I dont have option to uncheck it.
2. Rest in "Fixed Unit" and "Fixed Duration" I have option to uncheck "Effort Driven".
3. The resetting does the trick but its too hectic for 100 of tasks and gives hours per day for VM's for which I really require no at a instance of time ( for eg in 1st week of June all of my developers will require 30 VM's at max) .
Appreciate all the help.
Saturday, 9 June 2012 6:36 AMModerator
To add to the fray here both Dale and Jan are right. It just depends on the nature of your VMs.
If you can create as many VMs as you like and it does not matter about availability then you can make them materials and just add up the units values for the total number over time (in a usage view would be best)
If you have a finite number of VMs and they are shared so that you need to keep track of how many are used so you do not over schedule them then make them Work resources and set the Max units value of the resource to the number of VMs you have times 100. (so 5 VMs would mean max units is 500%)
- Marked As Answer by Mike GlenModerator Thursday, 9 August 2012 4:40 PM