Recently I installed Project Server 2007 on a Windows Server 2008 R2 server. For starters I had to slipstream the media, as SP2 is required in order to install. This was a much easier process than I had imagined. Basically you download and extract the service pack files, then place them in the update folder in the original media and that’s it. Once this was done the install actually went very smooth. The commands to extract the files contents are below.
Once the install was completed I provisioned a PWA instance. Everything looked good, I was able to publish a project, etc. When I navigated to Project Center however, that’s when I noticed things were a little strange. Although I had successfully published a project (I monitored the queue to ensure jobs processed) there were no projects in Project Center. I then decided to do some more clicking around and noticed Resource Center wouldn’t even display but rather noted a sharepoint error. I suppose there are not many folks who have installed Project Server 2007 in Windows Server 2008 R2, as there was not much information online. Fortunately Microsoft did have one article available. It was not the article however that solved my problem, but rather some feedback from someone named Peter. He mentions that Windows Server 2008 R2 uses Dynamic compression in IIS, and that although the install will work fine, Project Server may experience issues. Well once I deselected Dynamic compression in IIS, the issues disappeared. Thanks to Peter for that tip. A screenshot of where the setting is located is shown below.