Permissions Cumulative Behavior in MS PROJECT SERVER 2010



this post will be a short one! I will show you Permissions Cumulative Behavior in MS PROJECT SERVER 2010. First I will open, for example, Manage Categories view:


and I will get:


When I click on My Projects, I will get:


Now I I will choose Project Managers Group:


Let us look, for example, on the Create New Tasks or Assignment permission. It is set to Allow. What does it mean? It means that every user will be able to Create new Task or Assignment in CASE THAT THIS PERMISSION IS NOT DENIED in some other Group which this user belongs!

I will choose the Resource Managers group and I will set this permission to Denied:


Now, user has set that permission to Deny in Resource Managers group, and Allow in the Project Manager group, and that means that the user will NOT BE ABLE to Create New Task or Assignment!

But what if I choose to set this permission neither to Allow nor to Denied in Resource Managers group:


Because this permission is not set to Allow nor to Deny it means that it is set to Not Allowed! But! There is a huge difference between Deny and Not Allowed Permission set. If you choose Deny then user will not be able to Create New Task or Assignment even if this Permission is set to Allow in some other group. But if this permission is set to Not Allowed (e.g. neither Allow nor Deny), the user will be able to Create New Task or Assignment if this permission is set to Allow in some other group.

So cumulative behavior, for Create New Task or Assignment (for example) will be:

Project Managers Group Not Allowed Not Allowed Denied
Resource Managers Group Denied Allowed Allowed
Permission is: Denied Allowed Denied

For the end of this Post, be vary careful with Deny permission setting. Use in only if you are 100% sure that you want to prohibit user to use this functionality from anywhere. In any other case use the Allowed – Not allowed combination instead!




About Nenad Trajkovski

Location: Zagreb, Croatia Occupation: Project Manager Interests: Project Management and MS PROJECT He was born in Zagreb, Croatia at 1963. After completing his college he started working on projects in different business areas (banking, manufacturing, automotive industry, distribution, oil companies, etc.) developing and implementing ERP systems into different companies. He has got a lot of experience working with people in different business processes and also possesses great knowledge in information technologies and financial services. Today he works as a business consultant, adn Project Manager in PERPETUUM MOBILE d.o.o. Zagreb. He is a regular lecturer for Project Management in MS Innovation Center in Varaždin, Logosoft Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina and SEAVUS GROUP in Skopje Macedonia. He was named the best lecturer of WINDAYS 2008 while his lecture was also voted as the best. In addition, he was in TOP 10 lecturers at the MS SINERGY 2009 and MS VISIA 2009, 2010. Shares first place as the best lecturer of KulenDays 2009 and 2010 and PMI Conference 2009 in Zagreb. He is also a regular lecturer in the MS Community. He is a Certified Accountant and a PMP (Project Manager Professional) and a PMI-RMP (Risk Manager Professional), MCP, MCT, and Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist - Microsoft Project 2010. From 01.01.2012 awarded with MVP (Microsoft Most Valuable Proffesional - Microsoft Project)!
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