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Verification of Project Server

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We installed the EPMSync runtime onto the PPS server. When we ran it for the first time, it would never initiate processing with MOPS.
 
The environment consists of:
• a front-end PPS server
• load balanced MOPS servers (2 node) in a web farm
• SQL Server containing PPS databases
• SQL Server containing MOPS databases
 
Analysis of the EPMSync log files unveiled a timeout issue with EPMSync attempting to verify if Project Server was running. I downloaded the code from CodePlex and traced it to the VerifyPWA routine. It was trying a web request against the base project server url. While this might have worked on a single machine install of Project Server, it did not work against a load balance environment from another server. I created a test Windows app to verify this. I therefore changed the EPMSync code (not yet posted) to perform a network ping of the base server extracted from the project server url (with more time, I probably would have written something to test the presence of an actual running Project Server instance).

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