Project Server 2013: Server Settings

In Project Server 2013 we have moved some of the Server Settings options that were familiar to people in Project Server 2010, and in Project Online there are other changes to these server settings due to the nature of the service offering – and the fact that you no longer have to manage the server as we do that for you.  From early feedback it is clear there is still some confusion about the changes so thought I’d post some explanation.  I’ll do a follow up post for Project Online so as not to get too confusing in the one post (I hope) – but here goes for Project Server 2013.

*** Update 3/19 - MVP Alex Burton did a good comparison during the preview, and a neat tool - thanks for the reminder Alex***


In Project Server 2010 Server Settings was available in the left navigation for administrators and it looked like this:-


And in Project Server 2013 we now have a few different places so find the same settings, and the first challenge can be that we have a stripped down menu and by default and Server Settings is gone from the left navigation.  A couple of solutions to this – either use the EDIT LINKS option to make Server Settings appear on the left – or use the new navigation from the gear icon in the top right and select PWA Settings.


This will bring up the PWA Settings page which may look like this:


I say ‘may look like this’ because some of the options will depend on the permissions mode you are currently using.  This is new to Project Server 2013 and is well described in the TechNet article ‘Plan user access in Project Server 2013’ at   In my screenshot I am in the default, SharePoint Permissions mode – so I am missing a few options compared to the following shot from another instance on my server in Project Permissions mode.


As you can see, with Project Permissions mode comes a new section on Security with the familiar options from the 2010 Security section in the top left of the first screen shot – and a couple of extra options in the Personal Settings – for managing and acting as delegates.  Delegation isn’t a feature that is available when you are using SharePoint Permissions.  Also this shows that Personal Settings is now a subset of PWA Settings and not its own menu option.  The security section isn’t applicable to SharePoint Permissions mode as all control is governed by SharePoint rather than by Project’s groups and categories.  This also covers project sites too – so the User Sync section goes away too in SharePoint Permissions mode.  Also note that what was called Project Sites is now covered by Connected SharePoint sites.

So what are we still missing?  PWA Settings covers the Security, Look and Feel. and Time and Task Management sections but we are missing some options in Workflow and Project Detail Pages, Enterprise Data, Queue and Database Administration and Operational Policies.

Some of these are in the ‘other’ Server Settings page – and there a re a couple of ways to get there and I’m including both just for completeness.  They both come from Central Administration and reflect the fact that these settings are not generally items that the PMO should be needing to worry about but are more for the farm administrator.  The first route starts at Central Administration, General Application Settings from the left navigation.


Then click Manage under PWA Settings.  The other route is via the Service Application , so you would click on Application Management from the left navigation then Manage service application under Service Applications.


Within the Manage Service Applications screen you would click on Project Server Service Application – or just select the row and click Manage


And finally in the Manage Project Web Apps page you would select the Url you wanted to manage and using the drop down menu from that line you would select Manage


The first route is the shortest – but if you already happen to be in the page above then worth knowing about this other route too.  Before moving on from that page though, there is one of our missing options!  Manage Queue Settings for Project Web App!  This is now a farm wide setting rather than a per PWA setting – so it is found on the Manage Project Web Apps page.

This next screenshot is the PWA Settings page and the thing to note is that you are in Central Administration and you can manage settings here for ALL of your PWA sites.  If you used the 2nd option through Manage PWA then the right PWA will be selected – but if you arrived via General Application Settings you will need to check and if necessary change the PWA site for which you wish to manage the settings.  The place to do that is highlighted.


Here we have the other Queue and Database Administration options, with Manage Queue Jobs also available here – and the Operational Policies that were missing from the menu within PWA – and finally the Project Workflow Settings option.  So I think the only things missing are Enterprise Global – and About Project Server.  Enterprise Global is now managed from Project Professional 2013 – from the Info tab of the File menu – under Organizer.  About Project Server does not have an equivalent option in Project Server 2013.


As mentioned I will follow up with a comparison of options to Project Online – and may also have some posting about individual options if any changes in behavior warrant it.  Feel free to post any questions you have!

Comments (22)

  1. anonymouscommenter says:

    I created an Excel comparison for the various locations at…/project-server-2010-2013-preview-setting-comparison which may be of use to the readers of this blog.

  2. Excellent!  Thanks Alex – I was trying to remember who had produced one – I'll add your link in a more prominent position.

  3. anonymouscommenter says:

    Excellent post, Brian!  Where is Timesheet Adjustment?  The permission is still in the security settings, but I can't locate it in the UI.

  4. anonymouscommenter says:

    Terry, you need to manually configure configure Timesheet Managers in PWA Settings. They can then perform adjustments. This permission can only be set manually now is no longer a group/category permission that can be assigneed and synched.

  5. says:

    Work with ms project files with the aid of pptx fix

  6. anonymouscommenter says:

    Hi, I've just adjust those above settings in central administration but unfortunately i'm not able to see the Security section of PWA settings yet.

    please inform me if there is any setting that should be adjusted.


  7. anonymouscommenter says:

    In 2007 and 2010, I used to access Enterprise Global to view the number of Project Professional users. Where can I find the number of Pro users now?

  8. anonymouscommenter says:

    Hi Brian, The one issue I see with this is that in larger companies the SharePoint Admin and PMO Admin is separated completely so for managing Backup and restore the PMO Admin is unable to access this. All of those settings under Queue and Database Admin need to be accessed by PMO Admin but they are unable to do so because they HAVE to have SP Central Admin access. In many companies we work with IT do not want to grant SP Central Admin access to a PMO function, yet the responsibility for management of PPM is entirely within PMO Admin (or should be). This separation of functionality is actually making things more difficult with a Project Server 2013 install (or upgrade) and of course with a Project Online implementation the above functionality is removed entirely which means these are major considerations for some of our customers. I would like to see the functionality as an option (which can be set by SP Admin or IT initially) but the complete removal of access to this functionality is an assumption that has been made by Microsoft and “imposed” on customers – this makes it more difficult especially for customers migrating and they are then forced to changed their internal mode. For example I now have at least 5 customers where the PMO Admin has to keep calling the SP Admin to guide them through these settings (Managing the queue etc) every time there is an issue, or a backup needs restoring. And where IT specify that they will not, for security reasons (rightly so) give SP Admin to a PMO Admin this becomes an operation issue which is somewhat tedious for the PMO to deal with. The PMO will own the entire Project Management function including the management of the toolset. I’d be grateful if you have some other ideas or best practices on this or suggestions that this might be changed/reverted (even optionally) in a later update.version. Many Thanks.

  9. Very fair point Kelvin, I know there has been some internal discussion around this – I’ll see what I can find out.
    Best regards,

  10. anonymouscommenter says:

    I am Missing the Project Server Service Application in the Manage Service Applications screen. After I Installed PWA. Any Ideas?

  11. Hi J.T. – have you created one yet? The ‘New’ option top left – or are you saying it is not in the drop down?

  12. anonymouscommenter says:

    Hi Brain I found there seems to be a bug in one of the filter available under _layouts/15/pwa/Timesheet/TimesheetHistory.aspx

    When click on Adjust Time sheet and select check box Available timesheets to adjust and then Resource. If any one resource is selected from the drop down list and apply filter page does not display data for the resource selected but buy default it will display
    data only for the very first resource in the list.

    May i know have you encounter this issue. Let me know you thought on it.


  13. anonymouscommenter says:

    Is there a way to limit the resources in the Timesheet Managers list from viewing timesheets of resources where they are not the designated approver?

  14. anonymouscommenter says:

    We are trying out Trial version of Project server 2013 in our org. I am not getting the security option in the PWA settings page.. any idea about this…..

  15. anonymouscommenter says:

    Is there any way to set up timesheet approval routing e.g. timesheets get submitted to a resource managers and when they approve it goes to an overall resource manager?

  16. anonymouscommenter says:

    Can a user who is not assigned a task in the project enter the Timesheets on behalf of other work resources who are assigned tasks in a particular project? This is needed because in the Cloud Version if every resource has to be allowed to update his/her
    timesheet, we will need to buy as many Project Online User Licenses. Is there any other work-around to this limitation?

  17. anonymouscommenter says:

    Thanks for the post. Still looking for queue settings. Not sure where this one went.

  18. anonymouscommenter says:

    I access Security -> Manage Users -> New users
    Display name field is grey and I can not fill out.
    Can you help me?

  19. anonymouscommenter says:

    I installed project 2013 professional trial on all programmes it does not show project 2013 on project account settings. How do I get project 2013 on the all programmes menu.

  20. anonymouscommenter says:

    Is there a way that you can limit the life of a Status Report Request? The report template allows for frequency, start date, addressed resources, and report sections. I looking for a means to limit the duration of requested reports of to turn of the reporting
    requirements when/if a project is suspended.

  21. Thanks for the blog,I am looking how to get project user permission individual by QB Script.

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