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We are using Share point 2013 Project Tasks object to create project tasks, so that other users, like the management for example can see the Gantt chart of the projects.

Now I have got a requirement to export all the Project Tasks as MPP but we dont have MS Project installation anywhere.

How can we export a project tasks as MPP without MS Project installation?

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You need MS Project installed but it can be installed on any machine where the SharePoint sites are accessible. You create a VB Script ( Macros ) to automate the export process to export all the plans. As it is a one time job, you dont need to have a licensed version of MS Project, trail versions for 30 days should be good enough(I did the same way when i had this requirement).

If we dont have MS Project, than Power shell could be the only option, but Macros are alot easier.

  • My requirement of export is a recurring reqmt on regular basis. We dont have MS Project. Any pointer to using only powershell to export as MPP is appreciated. – Kumar C Jun 16 '17 at 8:30
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Below is the VB Script to save all the project tasks to MPP files. There is a guide from Microsoft available to convert this VB script to Powershell code. https://technet.microsoft.com/en-in/library/ee221101.aspx

Sub SavingToMpp() ' Macro SavingToMpp

 Dim T As Task
    Dim fName As String

    For Each T In ActiveProject.Tasks
        fName = T.Name
        Application.FileOpenEx Name:="<>\" & fName, IgnoreReadOnlyRecommended:=True
        Application.FileSaveAs Name:="E:\Mpp Files\" & fName, FormatID:="MSProject.MPP"
        Application.FileCloseEx pjDoNotSave, CheckIn:=True
    Next T
End Sub
  • AS per the script provided, I understand tha this is from inside MS Project. But I dont have MS PRoject and hence I have to work only with Sharepoint 2013. – Kumar C Jun 17 '17 at 7:42

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