By Jacques Viljoen
Having done many Microsoft Project Server audits over the past ten years, my audit findings usually highlight that although organisations generally keep their Project Server service packs and cumulative updates up to date, Microsoft Project is generally not kept updated at all.
Microsoft regularly releases Hotfixes and Cumulative Updates (CUs) for the Project Server as well as the Microsoft Project Client. These CUs updates resolve important bugs on both the server and client environments. It is strongly recommended that you always keep both server and client environments updated with the latest service packs and CUs following testing in a QA environment.
One simple way to ensure that Microsoft Project updates are enforced to the latest CU is to set the Microsoft Project version that may connect to your Project Server to the latest CU version.
Your Project Server administrator can easily enable this by setting from Server Settings -> Additional Server Settings
Update the Project Professional Versions build number to the latest CU version. Having enabled this setting, project managers with older Microsoft Project versions will now not be able to connect to your Project Server unless their Project version is updated to match the latest version.
Most Importantly – prior to enabling this setting, ensure that you communicate to your Project community that they would need to update Microsoft Project to the latest release.