Plan the client tier (Project Server 2010)


Applies to: Project Server 2010

Topic Last Modified: 2011-08-05

This article identifies the key components of the client tier and helps you distinguish from the parts of the other tiers in the Microsoft Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Solution.

The client tier of the EPM Solution includes Microsoft-based applications and any custom applications that are specific to your organization.

Microsoft Project Professional 2010 is a desktop application that enables project managers to create, publish, and manage projects. In addition to scheduling and tracking tools, Project Professional 2010 provides project managers with enterprise resource and portfolio management capabilities.

For information about deploying Project Professional 2010 in an enterprise environment, see Office 2010 Resource Kit.

Microsoft Project Server 2010 provides integration with Microsoft Exchange, which lets users access Project Server tasks from within Outlook. Users can also receive e-mail reminder notifications for tasks that they are assigned in projects that are stored in the Project Server 2010 database.

Microsoft Project Web App is a rich Web-based client that is designed for users who are not project managers, such as resource managers, viewers, and team members. These users access project information in Project Web App by using Windows Internet Explorer. Project Web App provides access to timesheets, project views, status reports, document libraries, and risks.

Project Web App requires Internet Explorer 7.0 or 8.0. If your organization is still using previous versions of Internet Explorer, you can consider using Windows Terminal Services to provide users access to Internet Explorer 7.0 or 8.0 without deploying it to the desktop. For more information about Terminal Services, see the following references:

Windows Server 2003:

  1. Terminal Server (

  2. Terminal Server Licensing (

Windows Server 2008:

  1. Terminal Services Overview (

  2. Terminal Services RemoteApp (

  3. Terminal Services Licensing (

  4. Plan for Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Services)

Many organizations use line-of-business client applications or develop business-specific applications. These applications call Project Server 2010 by using the Project Server Interface — an extensible set of Web services — and must also be integrated with a Microsoft Windows–based platform.

Project Server 2010 provides a complete Software Development Kit (SDK). For more information, see Project 2010 SDK Documentation (