Sanjay Narang\’s Blog

June 19, 2006

Avoiding the VSTS Microsoft Project Integration Failure caused by “Friendly Name” feature

Filed under: VSTS — sanjaynarang @ 6:59 am

As I mentioned earlier also, one good feature that was added in Release Candidate was support for “Friendly Name” for “assigned to” field in work items. Earlier, the field supported only “Windows Account Name”. It made assignment much more meaningful. But for the organizations that use “comma” (,) in friendly, it created a bit of problem in MS Project Integration. For example, if my friendly name is “Narang, Sanjay”, MS Project doesn’t accept that because “Resource Names” field of MS Project doesn’t allow “comma”. It treats it as two separate resources “Narang” and “Sanjay”

You can workaround the problem by changing the “list separator” of the machine to something other that comma e.g. semi colon(;). You can do that through Machines’ Control Panel -> “Regional and Language Options” ->  “Customize Regional options” -> “List Separator”



  1. Are there any negative consequences which may be a result of making a change like this?

    Comment by Kevin C — August 28, 2006 @ 7:37 pm

  2. As Microsoft Project is using the OS List Separator for seprating names, there could be other applications installed on the machine who might be using this for some other purposes. They might break, if they are assuming that list separator would always be comma (,)

    In addition, you need to do this change on all the machines where you want to update work items from Microsoft Project

    I heard that Microsoft is release a fix for this in SP1 – i’m not sure what that fix is.

    Comment by sanjaynarang — August 29, 2006 @ 9:21 am

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