You should use a directory data source if your projects are
saved in a database such as Oracle or SQL Server. The appropriate file format to
use for project data depends on the platform where you have the Project Reporter
Once you create a directory data source, any new project files placed there will
appear in Project Reporter's administration interface, so that you can load
them. Once a project has been loaded, if the project file is updated on the
server, it will be reloaded automatically so that Project Reporter users will
see the updated information.
If the server is running on Windows computer, and you use Microsoft Project 98,
2000, or 2002, you should save your projects in the .MPP format, or the .MPD
format, one project per file (if you store multiple projects in a single
.MPD file, you must use an ODBC data source
for Project Reporter to be able to load all the projects).
If the server is running on a non-Windows platform such as Linux, you should
export your project files to the .PRX format, using
the macro provided with Project Reporter.
You should only use the .MPX file format if you
have no other choice for example, if you are using software other than
Using UNC names for directory data sources
If the Project Reporter server is running under Microsoft Windows, you can use
UNC names (e.g.
\\MyServer\projects\mpd) to refer to directories for .MPP, .MPD, .PRX,
or .MPX files; however, this may cause problems in some cases when loading
projects, due to the slower speed of file operations over the network. If the
data source directory is on the same computer as the Project Reporter server, you
should refer to it using a conventional path (e.g.