Configure Office Project Server 2007 client connectivity

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Updated: September 10, 2010

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Topic Last Modified: 2010-09-07

This article describes how to configure client connectivity with Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007 and Microsoft Office Project Web Access after installing Microsoft Office Project Server 2007.

After Office Project Server 2007 is installed, you can configure Office Project Professional 2007 to connect to your instance of Office Project Server 2007. By default, Office Project Server 2007 uses Windows authentication, which means that when you initially connect with Office Project Professional 2007 or Office Project Web Access, you will be using a Windows account. When you make the initial connection to Office Project Server 2007, you must be logged on as the Windows user who installed Office Project Server 2007. Use this account to create other user accounts that can access Office Project Server 2007.

Previous versions of Project Professional cannot connect to Office Project Server 2007. You must use Office Project Professional 2007 if you want to connect to Office Project Server 2007.

After installing Office Project Professional 2007, you must create an account profile by which Office Project Professional 2007 can connect to Office Project Server 2007.

Configure an account profile to connect to Project Server 2007
  1. Open Office Project Professional 2007. On the Tools menu, point to Enterprise Options, and then click Microsoft Office Project Server accounts.

  2. In the Project Server Accounts window, click Add.

  3. In the Account Properties window, do the following:

    1. In the Account Name box, type a unique name for this account.

    2. In the Project Server URL box, type the URL of the Project Web Access site to which you want to connect. (For example, https://servername/PWA.)

  4. In the When Connecting section, select one of the following:

    • Use Windows user account   This allows you to connect to Project Server by using the credentials of the Windows user that is currently logged on to the computer. This is the default setting.

      You can also specify another user's Windows credentials to connect to Office Project Server 2007. Doing so allows you to log on to the computer as one user, but log on to Office Project Server 2007 as another user.

    • Use a Forms authenticated account   If you select this option, you must type the user name for this account in the User name box and then supply the password when you attempt to make the connection.

      Forms authentication is a new authentication method used in Office Project Server 2007. Project Server authenticated accounts were used in Project Server 2003, but are no longer used in Office Project Server 2007. For more information on Project Server 2007 authentication methods, see Plan Project Server 2007 authentication method.

    If you want Office Project Professional 2007 to use this profile as the default profile when connecting to Project Server, select Set as default account.

  5. Click OK.

  6. The account appears in the Project Server Accounts window.

  7. In the Project Server Accounts window, you can configure your preference on how you connect to Office Project Server 2007 in the When Starting section:

    • Select Automatically detect connection state if you want Project to automatically detect and make a connection to the specified default server. If a default server is not specified, then Project will open offline with no server connections.

    • Select Manually control connection state if you prefer to select a server to connect to each time that you open Project. Use this option if you have multiple servers you frequently access, or if you sometimes prefer to use Project offline.

  8. Click OK.

To initially connect to Office Project Server 2007 with Office Project Web Access, type the Project Server URL into a Web browser. Verify that you are logged on to the computer with the Windows user account that was used to install Office Project Server 2007, because by default Office Project Web Access uses Windows authentication. After logging on to Office Project Web Access, you can create additional accounts to access the server.

Office Project Professional 2007 does not support using client certificates for SSL authentication when you connect to Office Project Server 2007. If you have an environment in which an Internet Information Services (IIS) server or an Internet Security and Acceleration Server (ISA) server is configured to require client certificates, connectivity is not possible from Office Project Professional 2007. However, Office Project Server 2007 can be accessed through Project Web Access in this scenario because Internet Explorer does support client certificates for SSL authentication.