When I Try to Create the Project Site for a Project – The Project Site Already Exists

Posted By Posted by: EPM Partners on September 25, 2013

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:

Approach 1
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

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2. Click on the Edit Site Address 3. Mention the existing site URL as per snapshot below and hit OK.

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Approach 2
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

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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.

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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.

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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.


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