Microsoft has introduced many fruitful programs for users, such as the picture manager and the Project Server 2010, which aid in the Project management Server solution. It has Windows SharePoint Services as its base, and supports Microsoft project and web interface as a client application. It actually enhances the capabilities of MS project with Project Web access and Project Server. Information is stored in a central SQL server database by the Project Server 2010. This way the information gets protected from any corruption and unauthorized access. The Project Server provides companies and organizations a flexible means to management solutions. It organizes and unifies the portfolio and project management to aid firms to synchronize resources and investments, which enables businesses to gain control of handling of priorities and dashboards to visualize performance. Microsoft’s initiative has not only introduced a new world of ‘project management’ but has also given a new definition to the MS office masterpiece.

Requirements and Installation

Before experiencing a demo version of the Microsoft Project Server, certain things must be kept in mind. Firstly, your PC must meet the following requirements:

  • 64-bit version of the Window Server Pack 2 2008 or Window Server 2008 R2 is required.
  • MS SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise version follows the requirement chart
  • Microsoft SQL Server   2008 with SP1 (Service Pack 1) must be a 64-bit version
  • It should be Cumulative Update 2, if using MS SQL Server 2008 R2 or MS SQL Server 2005 with SP3 (Service Pack 3).
  • For MS Project Web Application user access, an MS Internet Explorer of version above than 7 is required; however an MS Internet Explorer 8 will be the best.

The MS Project Server 2010 depicts different installation patterns. The current scenario encompasses a single serve that makes use of built-in database installations. The server farm installations can be either single or multiple one. The Capacity planning in Project Server 2010 must be seen to refer for “Hardware & Recommendations”. The details about to be enlisted speak about the requirements when we deal with multiple servers in the farm. A 64-bit Processor of four or eight cores for small or medium deployments respectively.  A RAM of 8 GB for small deployments and 16 GB for medium deployments. 80 GB Hard disks as a system drive while Hard disk space depends on the size of the SharePoint content.

For obtaining the demo version of MS Project Server 2010 one can simply search MS Project Server 2010 in Microsoft website. From the TechNet Evaluation Center you are taken to the tab of “Download Microsoft Project Server 2010”. Firstly, you need to get yourself registered on the Microsoft website. Registration will facilitate an access to technical product resources. These can be forums, white papers, web casts and solution accelerators under one roof. From this roof you can download a 180-days trial version of Project Server 2010. Before doing so don’t forget to review Microsoft Project Server 2010 system requirements as mentioned above. Also get registered for evaluation. This will enable you to receive 3 emails with resources to guide you a way with.

Microsoft’s Project Server 2010 demo can be easily downloaded from Microsoft website. But pre-requisites are must to be gone through before one gets the trial version Project Server 2010 installed on their system.