Environment: Project Server 2010
Cause: A user trying to create the project site with a name that already exists in the database.
Background: One of our clients deleted a project before creation of a new project with the same name and did not select the option – “Delete the associated Microsoft SharePoint Foundation sites” while deleting.
Solution: There are two possible approaches that are possible as per your customer request:
Relink the existing project site to the new Project. Steps as below: 1. Launch Project Web App -> Server Settings -> Project Sites under Operational Policies -> Select the Project
2. Click on the Edit Site Address 3. Mention the existing site URL as per snapshot below and hit OK.
Create the new project site after deleting/renaming the existing project site with the same name in the database. Steps as below:
1. How to delete the existing project site: Site Action -> Site Settings -> Sites and Workspaces -> Locate the site to be deleted and click on the below cross icon to delete the site
2. How to rename the existing Project Site: Open the project site -> Site Action -> Site Settings -> Title, Description and icon -> Rename the URL Name and Title and description.
Important: Don’t miss to rename the Project Site URL name otherwise it won’t allow to create the new project site with the same. I would also suggest to rename the “Title and description” for the Project site to avoid the ambiguity in the future.
3. How to create the new Project Site: Launch Project Web App -> Server Settings -> Project Sites under Operational Policies -> Select the Project and click on Create Site.
Now, this will allow you to create the new project site because as per above step2/3, the old project site with the same name doesn’t not exist anymore.
Note: To perform above steps, user needs an administrative privileges.
We hope this helps you.