The Start field in Project Professional is the default start date for the whole Project. Project Professional uses this date as the default from which all tasks start. You can change the default settings in Project Options. The Start field in PWA Project Center view or the Project Information PDP displays the Project Summary Task Start date.
The Project Start date value is stored in the database tables and views that hold Project level data—for example, in the pub.MSP_Projects table in the field Proj_Info_Start_Date or in the view dbo.MSP_EpmProject_UserView in the field ProjectStartDate.
The Project Summary Task Start field is stored in the database tables and views that hold Task-level data—for example, in the pub.MSP_Tasks table in the field Task_Start_Date or in in the view dbo.MSP_EpmTask_UserView in the field TaskStartDate.
The Project Start date will be the same date as the Project Summary Task Start date, except in the following scenarios:
- If a child task of the Project Summary Task is scheduled to start before or after the scheduled Project Start date because of a constraint, such as Must Start On or Start No Earlier Than
- If a child task of the Project Summary Task has actual work applied before or after the Project Start date
Article ID: 3189921 - Last Review: Dec 21, 2016 - Revision: 1