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Task Mode Settings (Project Server 2010 settings)

Published: March 31, 2011

Task Mode Settings is a part of the Additional Server Settings in the Operational Policies section of Microsoft Project Server 2010 Server Settings. For more information about related settings that you can configure, see Additional Server Settings (Project Server 2010 settings). For more information about Operational Policies settings, see Operational Policies (Project Server 2010 settings).

Task Mode Settings

Task Mode Settings let you select the default mode in which tasks are scheduled: manually or automatically. Additionally, if you select the default setting (Manually Scheduled), you can also configure if you want task to be published to team members.

Manually scheduled tasks (also known as "User-Controlled Scheduling") are new in Project Server 2010. In this mode, when a new task is created, the scheduling engine is ignored and Project Server 2010 creates the task without a duration, start date, or finish date. (These values can be entered manually.) It can be useful for scheduling tasks with hard dates that are difficult to move (for example, training).

For more information about the manually scheduled task feature, see the MSDN article, Project 2010: Introducing User-Controlled Scheduling (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/project/archive/2009/10/23/project-2010-introducing-user-controlled-scheduling.aspx).

To configure the Task Mode setting

  1. On the Server Settings page, in the Operational Policies section, click Additional Server Settings.

  2. In the Task Mode Settings section:

    1. Select Manually Scheduled tasks can be published to team members (which is enabled by default) if you want to allows project managers to publish their manually scheduled task to team members.

    2. For Default task mode in new projects, select one of the two following settings:

      • Manually Scheduled   You have to enter duration, start, and finish dates for your tasks. By default, this option is selected.

      • Automatically Scheduled   The scheduling engine automatically calculates durations and start dates and finish dates for your tasks.

    3. Select Users can override default in Project Professional (which is enabled by default) if you want to enable your Project Professional users to override the default task mode settings that you selected.

  3. Click Save.

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