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Site Creation Settings in Project 2013 and Project 2016

As you probably know, when you create a new project in Microsoft Project Server, a related project site is created automatically. That process works differently in Project Server 2016 than it does it in Project Server 2013. In this short article, I walk you through each version.

To enable this automatic option in Project Server 2013, you must change some settings in the “Central Administration” center:

You click “Application Management” from the left side menu…

…Then select “Manage service applications” under “Service Application”:

A list of services will be displayed. From the list, you select “Project Server Service Application”:

And then you select the site in which you want to enable the setting and click on “Manage” to proceed:

Finally, you choose “Project site Provisioning Settings” under “Operational Policies”:

Then you enable the site and designate “Automatically create a site on first publish”:

That isn’t the procedure for Project Server 2016, however. Here’s how it works in the newest edition of the software.

Open your site:

Click “PWA Settings”:

Choose “Connected SharePoint Sites,” under “Operational Policies”:

You’ll see the screen below:

Click “Settings” and a pop-up window appears:

Select your desired option (“Automatically create a site on first publish”) and click OK.

A version of this article first appeared on Rathrola Prem Kumar’s blog here.

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Written by Rathrola Prem Kumar

Rathrolla Prem Kumar is the author of a technical blog, an EPM Project Server Specialist, .NET/SharePoint Consultant. He has worked five years in the IT industry, specifically doing software development, and gaining expertise with SharePoint, Office 365, .NET, C# and many other technologies. He’s based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Connect with Prem on LinkedIn here.

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  1. Thanks for the article. Anything on how the new technologies work together is extremely helpful, especially for those of us heads down 10 hrs. per day in a schedule.

  2. Great tip! I would love to see an article on customizing the site templates for Project 2016, if you’ve got the time.

  3. I thought I had finally found what I was looking for in this article with regard to Project 2016. However, for some reason, the “Settings” button is not shown on the toolbar. Do you happen to know if this procedure is different for Project Web App in Office 365?

    Thank you!


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