The Project Site already exist – When try to create the Project Site for a Project

Environment: Project Server 2010
Cause: User trying to create the Project site with the name which already exist in the database.
Background: One of our client has deleted the project before creation of new project with the same name and has not selected the option – “Delete the associated Microsoft SharePoint Foundation sites” while deletion.
Solution: Below two possible approaches can be 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 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.

Note: To perform above steps, user needs an administrative privileges. Hope this helps you.

 

 

 

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