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Upgrading from Team Manager 97 to MS Project 2003


Hello Experts!

I had been using Team Manager 97 until we got upgraded to Windows SP2, which seems to have broken the Manager piece.

It's probably time to upgrade anyway.  :)

I have MS Project 2003 and have imported the Team Manager file. It appears that Project will do a great job scheduling the task & resources, if I enter all the data. I've been spoiled with Team Manager because the members would update their tasks with their time, mark them completed and send me updates. I can't seem to find that same functionality with Project 2003. I really do not want to create more work for my self by entering in all the data.

Here are some of my questions:

1. Does anyone know how to fix Team Manager to run under Windows SP2? I getting an error on open that says I can't save the file, not enough disk space, or lost network connection. The same file opens and works fine on a non SP2 machine.
2. Is MS Project not the right tool for the job? I want to schedule & assign projects to team members and have the members update their projects.
3. Are there other tools that can do the same thing that Team Manager did?

Thanks for your help.
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BembiCEOCommented:
1.) Not sure, but may be the windows firewall blocks something? If had run unter SP1, there should be a way to get it run under SP2
2.) Sure, it is. The project manager sets up the project with MS Project professional, will build a team and assign resources from the enterprise resource pool. All members of the enterprise resource pool will have a project server logon and they use Project web access to report their work on projects. Within web access, you will find "Tasks" and there you find all task from all projects, which are assigned to the resource, if the resource logs on into Web Access.

3.) Whats about Project Server?!? Not sure, there are a lot of Project Management tools on the market, just a question of costs.
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NLGroupAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the response.

I just checked and I have Project 2003 Standard, what's the difference between Standard & Professional? For what I need to do, would you recommend the Professional version?
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BembiCEOCommented:
Uups, should read what you write.

MS Project Pro is only the client for MS Project Server
MS Project Std. is the same, but you can not connect to Project Server.

Project Server can do what you want, MS Project alone not really, as it is a stand alone produkt. What I was taking about is MS Project Server, where you get a task list for every resource and the resoruce can report times.

But there is an e-mail collaboration tool for Outlook inlcuded in MS Project 2003. On your CD, there is a subfolder, where you find a form, which is able to interpret MS collaboration files in Outlook. You can then send a progress request from a task or for a resourece. This will produce an email, and if you have installed the small outlook tool from the cd, the recipients gets a form in outlook, if he is opening the mail and can report hours there.
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NLGroupAuthor Commented:
I'm interested in the Outlook option that you mentioned.

I don't have access to the cd since our IT department handles all of the deployment of applications.

How can I tell if I have this form installed?

Is there something I need to set in Outlook for this to work?

Thanks a lot for your help.

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BembiCEOCommented:
You have to install the OSP tool from the CD on every machine, which should be able to read the mails.

In Project just right click a task or a resource, choose "Request progress information". If you resource have an email address (within the resource pool), project will send a mail to the assigned resources. In Outlook just open the mail. If the OSP tool is not installed, you can not read the mail.
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NLGroupAuthor Commented:
What does OSP stand for?

Does each machine have to Project 2003 too or just the OSP tool?

Thanks.
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BembiCEOCommented:
OSP is the name of the folder and the installer file on the CD, it is just something like a form for Outlook.

This is a good question, but I assume, that it has not really something to do with MS Project but with Outlook, that it will run without MSP.

But just to clarify, setup a project, add a resource with an email address. Create a task with an assignment to this resource, select the resource and right click "Request progress information".

This resource shoud get now an email. If you have installed the OSP tool, the resource should be able to read the mail and to report time.

What you need is MS Outlook of course.
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NLGroupAuthor Commented:
I'm not finding the "Request progress information" on any of the shortcut menus.....
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BembiCEOCommented:
I do not have any MS Pro Std. Edition anywhere installed, but I#m sure, that mail collaboration is also part of MS Project Std. Will have a look at these point next days, where I can have a look at the Std. Version. In MSP Pro, you simply have to set the cursor into a task line or into a resource line and then right click. Allso, the second menu item within the menu "Collaboration" should be "Request progress information"...
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NLGroupAuthor Commented:
I'm still not finding the "Request progress information"....
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BembiCEOCommented:
Give me a day to install MSP Std somewhere...
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BembiCEOCommented:
Don't have any Std Edition, but will have a look again tomorrow, there I have a few machines.

For the meanswhile, read the following:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/818337/en-us
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NLGroupAuthor Commented:
I've downloaded and installed the workgroup mail feature in the above article and now I get the Request Progress Information on the menu.

I've installed this on another PC two. I can now "Request Progress Information" from the resource, the resourse fills it out and sends it back to me. When I get it in my email, I can't open the attachment. I get an error that says:

"There was a problem opening your e-mail message. You may be out of memory, or a problem may have occurred with your e-mail program.

To increase memory, close programs or windows not necessary to your work.

If you still encounter memory problems, save your work, close all programs, and then quit and restart Microsoft Windows."

Any ideas?
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NLGroupAuthor Commented:
Ok, I got rid of the error. The file association for MTM was Team Manager. Once I changed it the error went away.

Now let me see if I can figure this out....
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BembiCEOCommented:
OK, great...
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