Update the Owner and Status Manager in Project Server 2010

In order to change the Owner of an enterprise project, a Project Administrator must log into Project Web Access (PWA) and update the owner in the Project Information.  Steps to complete:

  • In PWA, navigate to the Project Center page
  • Click on the link to the enterprise project that you need to update
  • In the Quick Launch menu, click on Project Information
  • On the Ribbon, click on Edit
  • In the owner field, click on Browse, select a new owner and click the OK button
  • Click the SAVE button, then click CLOSE, then click YES to check in the project

To change the Status Manager of the project, you must have the new project manager complete the following steps:

  • Open the enterprise project in question in Project Professional 2010
  • Right-click on the column header to the right of the Task Name column and select Insert Column from the drop down menu
  • Select the Status manager field from the list
  • From the new Status Manager field, click the Status manager pick list and select your name from the list for every regular task that you must manage (Status Manager does not need to be change for summary tasks)
  • Save the changes to the enterprise project
  • Publish the project

Project Server 2010 – Timesheet Submission produces “An error occurred while communicating with the server.”

When using Project Server 2010, you may run into the issue where a user submits a timesheet for approval and produces the following error:

“An error occurred while communicating with the server. Check connectivity with your administrator to determine whether further action is necessary.”

In the case I ran across, it was related to the user booking time against a task that was past the finish/end date listed in the Project Schedule. To resolve the user needs to submit their time on a valid task that is still within the current reporting timeframe, or have the Project Manager update the task in questions so that the finish/end dates are at or beyond the submission period and then republish the project. After that, the user should be able to go in and submit their timesheet with success.