Provisioning Project Server 2016 Sites

Provisioning Project Server 2016 sites has been a bit more confusing in SharePoint Server 2016 than it was in past versions. There are some mandatory PowerShell steps that one must follow as there is no web-based UI, but none the less, it’s pretty easy.

Project Server 2016 sites currently must be provisioned with the PWA#0 Site Template. The necessary resources are not provisioned correctly on other Site Templates, despite what the Project Server 2016 documentation says (EDIT: this documentation has been updated and no longer reflects this statement). For example, under PWA Site Settings, these pages generate a 404:

  • /MyJobs.aspx
  • /Project Detail Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx
  • /Resources.aspx

“Enterprise Project Types” will also throw:


Here are the steps I would recommend:

Create a Project Server Service Application. When selecting an Application Pool, I would recommend using the same Application Pool that you use for your other Service Applications (you’re only using one, right?). You’ll notice when creating the Service Application that it doesn’t have you create a database. This is because the tables for Project Server are now in the Content Database(s).

Start the Project Server service, or if using the WebFrontEnd and/or Application MinRoles, it will automatically start there. One thing you may consider, although it is completely optional, would be to create a wildcard Managed Path on your Web Application to host PWA instances. In the below example, I will be using /pwa/ as the Managed Path.

Using the SharePoint Management Shell, create your Site Collection, then enable the PWASite feature.

New-SPSite -Template PWA#0 -Url https://sharepoint.nauplius.local/pwa/myproject -OwnerAlias "nauplius\trevor"
Enable-SPFeature PWASite -Url https://sharepoint.nauplius.local/pwa/myproject

That will provision the PWA site correctly, preventing errors in the PWA Site Settings. On my test VM, this process in total takes about 1 minute and 50 seconds.

Trevor Seward is a Microsoft Office Apps and Services MVP who specializes in SharePoint Server administration, hybrid scenarios, and SharePoint Online. He has been working with SharePoint for 16 years from SharePoint 2003 on up, managing environments with terabytes of content for 150,000+ user organizations. Trevor is an author of Deploying SharePoint 2016 and Deploying SharePoint 2019. You can find him on Twitter and in /r/sharepoint.