Queue error creating project site or synchronizing site permissions

It’s not often these days I come across what seems to be a new Project Server 2010 error! Having said that, I would expect the same error to occur on either 2007 or 2013 as it relates to AD sync.

Anyway while working with a customer recently I came across the following issue that had started occurring for all new projects being created as well as on any attempt to synchronize the site permissions from Server Settings – Project Sites.

The effect of the error was that users cannot access any of the affected sites.

Notably though the AD sync was not experiencing any errors.

Error Messages

GeneralQueueJobFailed (26000) – SynchronizeMembershipForWssSite.SynchronizeMembershipForWssSiteMessage. Details: id=’26000′ name=’GeneralQueueJobFailed’ uid=’677df8c5-7409-4e20-8a05-e98395aa2af3′ JobUID=’3ca3af00-2e08-49aa-b693-f1314fc09b96′ ComputerName=’…’ GroupType=’SynchronizeMembershipForWssSite’ MessageType=’SynchronizeMembershipForWssSiteMessage’ MessageId=’1′ Stage=”

And in the ULS log we see some more details:

01/14/2014 15:43:07.23         Microsoft.Office.Project.Server (0x1694) 0x1558 SharePoint Foundation General 8kh7 High  Access denied.  You do not have permission to perform this action or access this resource.<nativehr>0x810200ce</nativehr><nativestack></nativestack>        237e539d-3835-4ec0-84d3-383759fccdb6

01/14/2014 15:43:07.23         Microsoft.Office.Project.Server (0x1694) 0x1AAC        Project Server Queu cf0l  Critical Standard Information:PSI Entry Point:   Project User: ….  Correlation Id: 237e539d-3835-4ec0-84d3-383759fccdb6  PWA Site URL: http://server/PWA  SSP Name: Project Server Service Application  PSError: GeneralQueueJobFailed (26000) A queue job has failed …

Investigation and Resolution

I’ve highlighted the interesting bits of the logs above, and on searching for this specific issue the only references relate to Search Service indicating one of the following causes:

  • The FarmAdmin account is not a local admin on the servers.
  • One or more AD accounts has been deleted and recreated with the same name.

So after speaking with the AD team it turns out the customer was in the middle of an Active Directory restructure (alarm bells start ringing!) and specifically about the same time when this issue was first reported the AD team had moved a group of PWA users into a new sub-domain in the same AD forest.

Reverting that change immediately corrected the isssue! Phew.

Not completely done yet though, as that change will need to be re-done in the near future further investigation was required. It turns out that the migration of accounts was being done in a staged manner, and specifically service accounts and admin accounts (including our Farm Admin) were NOT moved with the users, which is what caused our issue here.

 

If anyone else comes across this issue in the future let me know, as I have a strange feeling that this might be the first and last time this particular issue breaks a Project Server. :)

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Customising Workspace Site Permissions with Code

A very frequent request I get is how to change the default permissions assigned by Project Server to Project Workspace Sites for all projects, unfortunately this is not something that is configurable in Project Server so the only option out of the box is to disable the permissions sync and manage those permissions manually. Of course if you don’t want Administrators to manage every user manually this is not an option.

This is made more annoying if you want PM’s to be able to manage the site, as by default they only have Contribute like access.

There are a few options that exist out there, notably this one; Adjust the Default Project Web Access Permission Levels, which uses a SharePoint timer job to manage the default Permission Levels. However I have had need for something simpler, and so recently for a customer I implemented the following:

 

Modifying Basic Site Permissions using Project Events:

My solution is by intent extremely simple, so simple that I will include the main piece of code below (as well as having the full solution attached), in short what this code does is the following:

On Publish of any project does the following;

  1. Retrieves the OWNER of the Project
  2. Retrieves the Workspace Site of the Project
  3. Adds the Owner to the default SharePoint role SPRoleType.Administrator

So as you can see it only updates one user’s permissions, however it would be trivial to update the code to do more based on the Project Team and other requirements.

Here is the bulk of the code:

if (wssData.ProjWssInfo.Count == 0)
{
  LogEventEntry(String.Format("No workspace site found for project: {0}", 
    projectData.Project.First().PROJ_NAME), EventLogEntryType.Warning);
}
else {
  // Open the SPSite and web
  using (SPSite pwsSite = new SPSite(wssData.ProjWssInfo[0].PROJECT_WORKSPACE_URL))
  {
    using (SPWeb pwsWeb = pwsSite.OpenWeb())
    {
      // Handle Null Email Address
      String ownerEmail;
      if (resourceData.Resources.First().IsWRES_EMAILNull()) ownerEmail = "";
      else ownerEmail = resourceData.Resources.First().WRES_EMAIL;

      // Add the new role assignment to the Owner
      SPRoleAssignment roleAssn = 
        new SPRoleAssignment(resourceData.Resources.First().WRES_ACCOUNT,
          ownerEmail,
          resourceData.Resources.First().RES_NAME,
          "Project Owner");
      SPRoleDefinition roleDefn = 
        pwsWeb.RoleDefinitions.GetByType(SPRoleType.Administrator);
      roleAssn.RoleDefinitionBindings.Add(roleDefn);

      pwsWeb.RoleAssignments.Add(roleAssn);
    }
  }
}

 

The code is bound to both OnPublished and OnSummaryPublished (to get the Save from PWA also), and ensures that the Owner will always have Admin rights, and if not all the PM has to do is republish.

Download only the WSP package here with – basic – instructions.

Download the full source package here.

Notes:

  • As an Event the solution runs under the security context of the Project Server Event Service account, and so this user must be a user in PWA with appropriate access, I use administrator however it could get by with less.
  • This completely ignores the WssSync jobs created by Project Server, as such some actions such as AD sync and group membership changes can apply permissions outside of typical Publish events. However in my experience with 2010 this will not remove existing SharePoint permissions (see one of my previous blogs on this).
  • The solution is built with Visual Studio 2010 and packaged as a WSP allowing for simple installation using typical SharePoint means.
  • The solution uses Project Server 2010 WCF methods to access the PSI, and so without modification it will not work on Project Server 2007.
  • The solution logs error information to the Event Log and not the ULS, this is because I’m lazy. However it means that on Windows Server 2008 if the user (Event Service Account) is not a local admin it will fail and log nothing.

 

Post comments with any questions or additions even, but please note that I can’t provide support for the standalone WSP package.

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