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Jones Professional Services is a Microsoft Certified Partner delivering SharePoint / Project Server 2016, Enterprise Project Management solutions and now the release of SharePoint Server 2016.

Upgrading to Project Server 2013

As Microsoft has laid out 5 Phases:

  1. Create the Project Server 2013 farm
  2. Copy the required databases from the Project Server 2010 farm
  3. Restore the databases to the computer that is running SQL Server that is hosting your Project Server 2013 databases
  4. Upgrade the databases
  5. Upgrade the Project Web App site collection

The first phase is to create a SharePoint Server 2013 to add Project Server 2013 to. Much like in 2010 the SharePoint Server 2013 binaries are needed in order to install Project Server 2013.

The second phase is all about copying the required dbs from Project Server 2010 to restore in 2013.

1. The farm administrator sets the Project Web App (PWA) site collection in the Project Server 2010 farm to read-only so that users can continue to access the old farm while the upgrade is in progress on the new farm. This ensures that no jobs are processed during the upgrade process.

2. With the PWA site collection set to read-only mode on the Project Server 2010 farm, the database administrator creates backup copies of the databases required for upgrade. These include the following:

  • Project Server 2010 Archive
  • Project Server 2010 Draft
  • Project Server 2010 Published
  • Project Server 2010 Reporting
  • SharePoint content database that contains the Project Web App site data


Phase 3 is a different step that wasn’t always need in previous upgrades of Project Server.

1. The server farm administrator attaches and upgrades the SharePoint Content database to the Project Server 2013 farm.
2. The server farm administrator consolidates the four Project Server 2010 database to a single Project Services database.
3. The new Project Services database is attached and then upgraded to the Project Server 2013 farm.

The final and last phase 4 is to upgrade your PWA site collection.

1. The farm administrator tests and then upgrades the Project Web App (PWA) site collection.

2. The farm administrator enables PWA features for the site.

Feel free to reach out with any questions we might be able to help you with.

01/28/2013 - 4:20pm