2007 --> 2010, Ease of Upgrade? RRS feed

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  • Just a general question - what is the consensus on the relative ease of upgrading from MS Project 2007 and MS Project Server 2007 up to 2010?  My sense of it is that there are many improved features, including Portfolio capabilities, but that, as upgrades go,  the level of effort required for the transition and data migration are not at all trivial.  Agree / disagree?  Thanks.
    Friday, September 24, 2010 6:29 PM


  • Hi,

    The actual upgrade from 2007 -> 2010 is very simple, once you have your PS2010 instance built and configured, the migration of the PS data is as simple as taking the various databases, restoring them to the associated SQL box, and then provisioning a new PWA instance that looks at that. The upgrade will automatically upgrade the databases for you to the latest version and take care of the project data migration. Of course you could also do a in place upgrade and update the binaries on the servers to PS2010, but this can make rolling back a bit more painful if your upgrade fails. 

    As you have Project 2007, you can leverage Backwards Compatability Mode, which allows 2007 clients to connect to the 2010 environment, reducing the desktop rollout complexity. However I would suggest going with the 2010 client simply for all the new capabilities of the release.

    The biggest stubling block you may have is the need for SharePoint 2010 Enterprise and it's underlying x64 architecture. If your current instance is a 32bit PS2007 + WSS install, this can be a big change.

    There is an excellent webcase on the upgrade and migration at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff631139.aspx which may also be worth a look.

    Hope this helps,

    Alex Burton
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    Friday, September 24, 2010 9:02 PM