Project Server 2013: Check your administrative backups before you need them

I spotted this strange behavior on my own server – and after being put right by Adrian and realizing what the real issue was I thought we should share.  If you have migrated from Project Server 2010 to Project Server 2013 then you should take a look at your administrative backups – just to make sure they are working.  I took a look at my server which had half a dozen or so PWA instances all with different names (obviously) – yet when I looked at my timer jobs I saw what I initially thought were my 6 admin backups for the 6 PWA sites but all with the same name!

Timer Jobs

However, this is correct (almost) – and there is a job for each of the different items that you can back up – or 5 if you are in SharePoint Permissions mode.  One ‘gotcha’ on the Project Server permissions view – the Categories and Groups option should not be there as it isn’t actually hooked up to anything – so don’t rely on having a backup of your groups and categories…

But what threw me, was that I have 6 different PWA sites, and if I look at the Daily Schedule Backup options for one of them show that I should have 2 Project versions backed up – and each of my backup items is set to schedule! (You can ignore the category and group settings option here too – it doesn’t do anything here either…).  But nothing recent in my backup – last time was before migration…

Backup Schedule

It is not until I click save that I see the extra timer jobs for this other PWA instance (called PWS) created (visible through central Administration, Monitoring, Timer Job Definitions)

Timer Jobs with extra PWA set

So if you are using Project Server 2013 always a good idea to check that you see these timer jobs – and also go in to Administrative Restore and see if there are backups showing with dates that make sense.  Always better to find you have a good administrative backup before you need it – rather than after…