Wednesday, October 25, 2006

ANNOUNCING THE VISUAL STUDIO TEAM SYSTEM - PROJECT SERVER CONNECTOR

Just got the announcement mail: The TFS-Project Server connector is released and can be downloaded on http://www.avanadeadvisor.com/TFS-ProjectServerConnector.zip

Excerpt from the announcement:
VSTS integrates with Microsoft Office Project Standard 2003 and Microsoft Office Project Professional 2003 for desktop use and allows project managers to plan and manage projects on a local computer. However, because there is no integration with Project Server, the project data for each team is available only in a stand-alone plan. There is no simple way to aggregate project data across multiple projects. The Connector synchronizes Project, Resource and Task data between the two systems. Project Managers, Resource Managers continue to work in the EPM environment while the development team works in the development environment, i.e. VSTS, and data seamlessly flows between the two systems. Updates to work items in VSTS are automatically applied to the corresponding assignments and tasks in Project Server and vice versa.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous dzimmerman said...

Have you had folks with any luck installing your connector using your install documentation? We can't get it to work, and I'm guessing there's no help in this regard or is there?

Wed Jan 24, 08:43:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Ognjen said...

You mean the documentation for TFS access over HTTPS? Sorry, I can help you on that one. We didn't install project server connector on our TFS. You can always try on msdn forums.

Wed Jan 24, 11:10:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Ognjen said...

I meant, I can't help you.
I see that you've already posted on the forum (http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=1148989&SiteID=1).
Well, just to comment on the issues you raise there, let's say that TFS-project server integration is lacking. This connector is a third party product. MS doesn't deliver anything themselves. Integration through MS Project is loose to say the least.
That is how it looks right now and for foreseeable near future I wouldn't expect it to change radically.
Integration with MS Project has its issues but functions more or less as advertised.
If that does it for you, you'll be ok. If you must integrate with Project Server, and don't succeed in installing the connector, there is not much you can do.

Thu Jan 25, 12:17:00 AM GMT+1  

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