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Set up accounts for a Project Server 2010 test environment

Project Server 2010

Published: May 12, 2010

(This article is part 4 of the Microsoft Project Server 2010 test environment deployment series. The procedures in this article assume that you have read the series in sequence starting with Hyper-V quick start for creating a Project Server 2010 test environment.)

To configure Project Server 2010 in a server farm environment, there are several domain accounts needed to provide the most optimal and secure configuration. This article describes how to create accounts and groups at the domain level for use in the remaining configuration steps in this series of articles.

Although you can use a single account for everything, we highly recommend that you create the accounts listed in the following table and use them as described in the remaining articles in this series to provide the recommended Project Server 2010 setup.

Account Domain account Description

SQL Server Administrator

Litware\SQLAdmin

Administrator account for SQL Server 2008. Local Administrator on Litware-SQL.

Farm Administrator

Litware\FarmAdmin

Farm Administrator for the Project Server 2010 farm. Local Administrator on Litware-Proj.

Service application account

Litware\SVCApp

Domain account for running SharePoint Server 2010 service applications.

Workflow proxy account

Litware\WFProxy

Domain account for running Project Server 2010 workflows.

Reporting data access account

Litware\ProjDataAccess

Domain account that has access to the reporting database for use with Secure Store as part of Project Server 2010 reporting.

To create these accounts, you must be logged on to Litware-DC as the domain administrator (litware\administrator).

Perform the following procedure for each account listed in the table.

To create an Active Directory service account

  1. Click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Users and Computers.

  2. Expand the domain node.

  3. Right-click Users, click New, and then click User.

  4. In the Full name box, type the name of the account (for example, FarmAdmin).

  5. In the User logon name box, type the logon name for the account. (This can be the same as Full name.)

  6. Click Next.

  7. Type and confirm a password for the account.

  8. Clear the User must change password at next logon check box.

  9. Select the Password never expires check box.

  10. Click Next.

  11. Click Finish.

Configuring reporting and business intelligence in Project Server 2010 requires two Active Directory directory service groups — one for report authors and one for report viewers. These groups are given different permissions when you configure reporting.

Group Domain group Description

Report Authors

Litware\ProjReportAuthors

Active Directory group for report authors.

Report Viewers

Litware\ProjReportViewers

Active Directory group for report viewers.

Use the following procedure to create the two groups listed in this table.

To create an Active Directory group

  1. Click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Users and Computers.

  2. Expand the domain node.

  3. Right-click Users, click New, and then click Group.

  4. Type a name for the group (for example, Report Authors) in the Group name box.

  5. Click OK.

After you have created the groups, add the Litware\ProjDataAccess account to the Litware\ProjReportAuthors group. This will give it the needed database access for use with Secure Store.

After you have created the required user accounts and groups in Active Directory, you can start to install software. The first step is to install SQL Server 2008. Proceed to the next article, Set up SQL Server for a Project Server 2010 test environment.

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