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    Project Server but No Exchange Server (2003)

    Has anyone run into this situation - Project Server is installed - but no exchange server? How useful was project server under this conditions? What were the limitations?
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    Re: Project Server but No Exchange Server (2003)

    Exchange as with Windows and SQL Server does not come with the Project Server package. You must purchase those products separatly. Project Server without Exchange gives you the ability to have more of a reasonable Project Portfolio Management System. Project desktop has the same multiple user capacity and works much like Excel with shared files. Project Server using SQL Server as it's data storage engine gives the same security and multiple concurrent user capability as SQL Server to Project Server. Shared Resource Pool and Consolidated Projects are reasonably managed on Project Server by comparison to the challenging ability to do this with the desktop product. Exchange offers you the ability to use the email and notification features of Project Server.

    My experience with the Server product has been very good as a user. It is quite expensive to purchase the hardware and software, and usually needs a technical manager for the security and system setup as well as a Project Manager to determine what users should have what roles and permissions. The implication is that the organization has many users that are at least somewhat familiar with the Microsoft Desktop product. I generally only see this product used in larger Projectized organizations.

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    Re: Project Server but No Exchange Server (2003)

    Hi Carla
    The organization I'm working with was sold Project Server by their networking support company (I'd have sold them Exchange first myself <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>). They have all the other components for Project server (SQL) etc. Yet their main desire is that Project helps them communicate internally regarding Projects (email alerts etc). The networking dude and the guy who was the main Project evangelist are no longer on the scene.
    It seems I'm the last one around to deliver bad news. I'm just not certain how bad the news will be as I've never worked with an installation that didn't have access to an Exchange server.
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    Re: Project Server but No Exchange Server (2003)

    Hi Catharine,

    I have done an install without Exchange and I don't recall having any problems, this particular organization had Groupwise as their email service and with some expertise from the LAN group were able to use the Project Server notification features with Groupwise. I could see a valid use for Project Server without the notification component, but it really seems poor planning to buy and implement this type of product and not fully use the capabilities. It is always difficult when the idea people that sell the value of these products are not around when they are implemented.

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    Re: Project Server but No Exchange Server (2003)

    This maybe after the fact, but in case it helps or is relevantů

    I'm in the process of rolling out EPMS (Enterprise Project Management Solution, previously known as Project Server) to replace Primavera, for an organisation that operates around the world.

    We use Lotus Notes for email, rather than Exchange, and EPMS seems to cope with this OK. presumably you should be able to configure your installation for whatever email system is in use (I wasn't hands on in the initial technical nitty gritty, but do the config & security for EPMS). The project managers do struggle with the volume of mail, but that's another issue.

    My main hurdle, outside the implementation issues, is to try and consolidate the variety of tools in use for docuemnt, issue, and risk management. We have several for each area and eveyone has their favourite so the political games are intense. If things go to plan it will all end up on the Sharepoint services packaged with EPMS, but that will have to wait until I can get an edict from the Board to close down the alternatives and force a migration to a single toolset (maybe next year).
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