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How to backup and restore Primavera P6 Oracle Express (XE) database

Jun 21
How to backup: From the command prompt (go to ‘Start’ > ‘Run’ > type ‘cmd’ and click ‘OK’) using the format below exp system/<password>@XE full=y file=<path>\xedump.dmp log=<path>\exp_xedump.log Where: <pa..
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Renumbering Activity ID in Primavera P6

Jun 21
By default activity ID in Primavera has a format like A1000, A1010 and so on. How about we can make the ID more meaningful. For example we can change the “A” letter to show the WBS which they belong to. First you will select all activities you need to renumber. Go to ..
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How to Trim Activity ID or Activity Name in Primavera P6

Jun 21
When we think about Trim data, we usually export and do it in excel. However Primavera P6 also give us a tool to trim data by itself. For example you need to get rid of the “A” letter in Activity ID. First you go to Tool -> Global Change Click on “New&rdquo..
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Export data to Excel with "lowest level" summary data only

Jun 21
You create an Activity code to group data as you wish. After assigning and grouping activity by Activity code, here is the result: You want to export only the summary data to excel. So we will tick the “Show Summaries Only” option. However, you only want to export ..
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Convert Microsoft Project MPP to MPX to import to Primavera

Jun 21
Nowadays, Microsoft Project save file as MPP format. However Primavera allow to import file as MPX format. So, here is the tool help you to convert MPP to MPX. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByHnieTJNwKGdGVybE5LaElOcnM/view?usp=sharing..
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Graphing a P6 Resource S-Curve in Excel

Jun 21
Tutorial Files Excel Spreadsheet (Excel 2007+): P6_Scurve_Example.xlsx – 1.5Mb Step 1 – Export Primavera P6 Resource Assignments to Excel Following the steps from our previous tutorial, you now have all the resources and assignments in an Excel sheet. You can m..
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Critical path: Total Float vs Longest Path

Jun 21
Oracle Primavera P6 offers two ways to define a critical activity in a project schedule. These are: Total Float less than or equal to [0.0h] Longest Path Which one you use depends on three things. 1. the setting you choose in the Project view’s Settings tab: 2. the setting ..
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Critical path by Total Float is wrong in multiple calendar project

Jun 21
In Primavera we can define Critial activities by 2 option: There are many reasons why we should choose Longest Path instead of Total Float. One of the reason is that when our project has multiple calendar. We have 4 activities which have same calendar : Standard 5 day workweek. We use T..
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Make report to Show only some WBS in Gantt chart

Jun 21
Sometime you need to make a report which focus on some WBS only. Like in this picture: However, the Gantt chart show all other bar and make you distracted. How about we can make it like this: Well, much more cleaner. All unnecessary bars is hidden. I will show you how. ..
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Create activity list report include predecessors and successors

Jun 21
Sometimes you need to make an activity table report which also show predecessors and successors of each activity. Here are the step how to do it. Go to Report window and click “+” button to create a new report. At “Select Subject Area” dialog, Select Activiti..
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