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Access MS Office Project Web Access from linux

Posted: March 15th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: howto, linux | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

After some time I have found (by googling) a way to use MS Project web access (2003 version) in IE6 running in wine.

The problem is the IE6 installation doesn’t include MDAC necessary to access project server for data.
IE6 uses some activex, which wont work without MDAC. Installing MDAC was a little bit tricky (there are only a few pages mentioning how to install it for ies4linux) but I am sure you’ll manage to do it.

Here are the steps (tested in ubuntu 7.10 i386):

-install wine
-install ies4linux

wget http://www.tatanka.com.br/ies4linux/downloads/ies4linux-latest.tar.gz
tar zxvf ies4linux-latest.tar.gz
cd ies4linux-*
./ies4linux

– downlaod MDAC_TYP.EXE (search it on google) and copy it in “~/.ies4linux/ie6/drive_c/kits
– get wine ready to install MDAC:

export WINEPREFIX="/home/username/.ies4linux/ie6"
open winecfg and “Add programs” and select MDAC_TYP.EXE, select compatibility level to windows 2000
Save and close

– install MDAC_TYP.EXE

hit wine MDAC_TYP.EXE and follow on-screen wizard.

-open ms pwa (here it comes 🙂

open ie6 and add the hostname of the ms project server at the trusted sites
enter the url of the MS PWA
install activex packages (both) when you are asked

– enjoy

Caveats:

It consumes a lot of memory. You better have at leas 1gb. At first ran of PWA in wine, my ubuntu consumed 1.3GB RAM, and the load of the system was about 4. It’s a little bit slow.

Anyway, it’s running…

ms pwa