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Primavera P6 Tips and Tricks

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Matt Candela
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Primavera P6 Tips and Tricks

  1. 1. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | Oracle Advisor Webcast P6 Tips and Tricks Matt Candela Team Lead, Oracle Primavera Support January 21, 2015 1
  2. 2. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | Safe Harbor Statement The following is intended to outline our general product direction. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract. It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle’s products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle. 2
  3. 3. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | Objectives • Top Issues Logged by P6 Customers • Avoid Reoccuring Issues • Understand how to Troubleshoot 3
  4. 4. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | Agenda 1 2 3 P6 Functional Areas 4 P6 Release 8 Client Issues P6 Release 8 Web Issues
  5. 5. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | • Project privileges • Import considerations • Percent complete fields • Baseline dates, budgeted units, and planned dates • Longest Path • Out of sequence activities P6 Functional Areas 5
  6. 6. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | • Organizational Breakdown Structure (OBS) – hierarchy of responsible managers How Are Project Privileges Applied? 6
  7. 7. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | • Enterprise Project Structure (EPS) – hierarchy for organizing projects How Are Project Privileges Applied? 7
  8. 8. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | • An OBS/Responsible Manager is assigned to an EPS How Are Project Privileges Applied? 8
  9. 9. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | • Make OBS and EPS Identical ₋ EPS can have multiple top level nodes, OBS can only have one • Privileges flow down through EPS hierarchy, but not OBS • Less restrictive access overrides more restrictive • Changes are processed by background job ₋ Document 907869.1 – “How to Manually Run Background Jobs for a P6 Database” How Are Project Privileges Applied? 9
  10. 10. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | • Microsoft Project (MSP) – To import .mpp files into P6 client, MSP 2003 or earlier must be installed – MSP 2007 and 2010 (P6 8.2 and later) use XML import, no installation required • P3 – P3 must be installed with P6 client (not possible on 64-bit OS) – Converter can be run from PC with P3 installed – Document 910992.1 - “Unable to Import P3 Project Directly into P6” Import Considerations 10
  11. 11. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | • Excel ₋ P6 Web import can only add new activities ₋ Fields marked with an asterisk (*) can not be updated via import Import and Export Considerations 11
  12. 12. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | • Current project is being used as baseline – Baseline dates are taken from planned dates • Baseline project is used as baseline – Check Earned Value Calculation setting How are Baseline Dates Calculated? 12
  13. 13. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | • Planned/budgeted units are spread according to the planned dates Planned/Budgeted Units and Planned Dates 13
  14. 14. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | • Activity has not started ₋ Equal to the start and finish date ₋ Can be changed manually, but will be set back when scheduling • Activity has started ₋ No longer updated by scheduler ₋ Can be changed manually and will no longer be set back when scheduling How are Planned Dates Determined? 14
  15. 15. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | Percent Complete Fields • Activity percent complete fields • Duration % complete ₋ Planned duration – actual duration / planned duration • Schedule % complete ₋ Based on data date, baseline start, and baseline finish • Physical % complete ₋ Entered manually or uses steps • Units % complete ₋ Actual units / at complete units 15
  16. 16. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | • Activity % complete – based on physical, duration, or units % complete Percent Complete Fields 16
  17. 17. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | • Activity % complete and physical % complete do not roll up Percent Complete Fields 17
  18. 18. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | How is Longest Path Calculated? • Criticality based on float • Criticality based on longest path 18
  19. 19. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | • Driving relationships, starts at the end of the project and works backwards • Ends when activity has positive float (based on successor calendar) • May not lead back to project start How is Longest Path Calculated? 19
  20. 20. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | • Activity starts before predecessor Out of Sequence Activities 20
  21. 21. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | • Retained logic – relationship honored as best possible Out of Sequence Activities 21
  22. 22. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | • Progress override – relationship is ignored Out of Sequence Activities 22
  23. 23. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | • Actual dates – actual dates override the logic Out of Sequence Activities 23
  24. 24. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | • ORACLE_HOME environment variable • JAVA_HOME environment variable • HTML files • Troubleshooting other client issues P6 R8 Client Issues 24
  25. 25. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | • P6 R8 Professional running Oracle XE database ₋ PRINTER SELECTED IS NOT VALID ₋ There was a problem communicating to the printer... ₋ Page setup hangs/freezes ₋ Event Code: tnpwn-2614-a ₋ Event Code: NESIA-1377-F ₋ The network path was not found error when attempting to export to Excel ₋ AVAAO errors attempting to view/run reports ORACLE_HOME Environment Variable 25
  26. 26. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | • Document 1381261.1 - “Event Codes, Printing Errors, and Import Issues Using An Oracle XE Database” • P6 R8 Professional running Oracle XE database ORACLE_HOME Environment Variable 26
  27. 27. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | ORACLE_HOME Environment Variable • Advanced System Properties • Environment Variables • ORACLE_HOME System Variable 27
  28. 28. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | • Affects API functionality in P6 R8 Client ₋ Import/export, update baseline, claim digger, etc. • Event Code: CNFF-3348-2 • The selected application <path>java.exe cannot be found • Example – C:Program Files (x86)Javajre6 JAVA_HOME Environment Variable 28
  29. 29. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | • Unable to type the letter ‘s’ or save in header/footer • Event Code: NSIS-2739-6 accessing Page Setup or Print Preview • Unable to add text to header/footer • Event Code: FPDBZ-3853-D modifying notebook topic • Document 1362694.1 - “Headers & Footers Do Not Allow Typing The Letter ‘S’ or Saving” ₋ Download and register dhtmled.ocx and triedit.dll HTML Files 29
  30. 30. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | • Event Codes, AVAAO errors, Access Violation errors • Check “More…” information • Process of elimination – specific to project, user, layout, workstation, etc. ₋ Document 894279.1 – “How To Delete A User's Application User Preference Settings (Edit, User Preferences) If The Account Has Become Corrupted In Project Management Or Web Access” ₋ Document 1083481.1 – “Check Project Integrity Utility: Description of Utility Including Detailed SQL Statements Executed” Other P6 Client Issues 30
  31. 31. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | • Java issues ₋ Display issues ₋ Java errors ₋ Java prompts • Web Access Log ₋ Other errors or problems P6 R8 Web Issues 31
  32. 32. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | • Display issues  Browser hangs, page does not load  Page is blank  Red ‘X’ in upper left corner • Check version in Java Control Panel  Should match Tested Configurations Document Java Issues 32
  33. 33. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | • Clear the Java cache ₋ Java.lang.reflect.InvocationTargetEx ception ₋ Java.lang.NullPointerException ₋ Useful after making a change, such as downgrading Java version Java Issues 33
  34. 34. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | • Disable automatic updates ₋ Prevent new, incompatible version ₋ Avoid prompts • “Java was blocked because it is out of date...” in Internet Explorer, add P6 as trusted site Java Issues 34
  35. 35. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | • Java and browser should match – 64-bit or 32-bit ₋ Firefox is 32-bit • Multiple Java Runtime Environments (JRE) should be uninstalled ₋ Document 898373.1 – “How To Fully Uninstall Java Runtime Environments (JRE) To Prevent Conflicts with Other Versions” • JAVA_HOME should point to appropriate Java location • Java must match value specified in P6 Configuration – Document 899568.1 – “How To Hardcode P6 Web Access To Use A Specific Java Runtime Environment (JRE) Version When Running Applets” Java Issues 35
  36. 36. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | • Document 1575379.1 - “SRDC – Process to set the Web Access HTML log file logging level” • Log file locations: ₋ WebLogic on Windows – webaccesshomeWebAccessLogs ₋ WebSphere on Windows – webaccesshomeWebAccessLogs ₋ WebLogic on Linux - :/webaccesshome/WebAccessLogs ₋ WebSphere on Oracle Enterprise Linux- :/mount_point/WebSphere/AppServer/WebAccessLogs Web Access Log 36
  37. 37. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | • Error attempting to copy and paste project Web Access Log 37
  38. 38. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | Web Access Log 38
  39. 39. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | Summary • What we covered today • Top issues logged by P6 customers ₋ P6 functional areas ₋ Release 8 Client Issues ₋ Release 8 Web issues • How to troubleshoot 39
  40. 40. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | Top Articles and Community Links • Document ID 1353831.2 – Information Center: Primavera P6 EPPM and PPM • Document ID 1292929.1 – Master Note for Primavera P6 Common Application Questions or Issues • The following thread will have a copy of the presentation and can be used for additional questions or discussions on this topic.” https://community.oracle.com/thread/365 0484 40
  41. 41. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | Learn More • Available References and Resources to Get Proactive • My Oracle Support Essentials Webcast Series https://support. oracle.com | Doc ID: 553747.1 • My Oracle Support Blog https://blogs.oracle.com/supportportal/ • Get Proactive in My Oracle Support https://support. oracle.com | Doc ID: 432.1 • Ask the Get Proactive Team get-proactive_ww@oracle.com 41
  42. 42. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | Accessing My Oracle Support Community 1. Via My Oracle Support -> Community Tab 2. Directly – https://communities.oracle.com 42
  43. 43. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | Session Related Community Links • https://community.oracle.com/docs/ DOC-894765 • https://community.oracle.com/thread /3650484 43
  44. 44. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | Where Can I Get The Slides From This Session? 1. PDF link from Doc ID 740966.1 (within 48 hours) 2. Primavera - PRIM Community >Content Tab > Documents (within 24 hours) 44
  45. 45. Copyright © 2014 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. | Oracle Advisor Webcast Program • Locating Current Schedule & Archived Recordings • From Note ID : 740966.1 drill down to your area of interest • Select your Product Area 45

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