Project.CheckOutProject method

Office 2013 and later

Checks out a specified project.

Namespace:  WebSvcProject
Assembly:  ProjectServerServices (in ProjectServerServices.dll)

[SoapDocumentMethodAttribute("", RequestNamespace = "", 
	ResponseNamespace = "", 
	Use = SoapBindingUse.Literal, ParameterStyle = SoapParameterStyle.Wrapped)]
public void CheckOutProject(
	Guid projectUid,
	Guid sessionUid,
	string sessionDescription


Type: System.Guid

The GUID of the project.

Type: System.Guid

The GUID of the session in which the queue job is submitted.

Type: System.String

Optional. The description of the session.

CheckOutProject reserves (locks) the project for editing or deleting. If the project is unavailable for editing, an exception is raised. The lock is an application-level logical lock rather than a database lock. Projects must be locked before any changes can be made in either Project Professional or the Project Server APIs. When used along with the Project Server service application APIs, the check-out operation is logically equivalent to opening a project with read/write permission in Project Professional.

The check-out operation is synchronous and is processed immediately.

The logical lock on the project is associated with the sessionUid and the user making the check-out call. Subsequent operations against the checked-out project are accepted only if the user is the same as the one who checked out the project and the call supplies the same sessionUid.

The sessionDescription parameter is an optional string that is stored as part of the project while it is checked out; the string specifies who has the project checked out. For Project Professional, sessionDescription is the computer name to which the project was checked out. For service application calls, the user can supply whatever string makes sense; typically it is the name of the process that performed the check-out operation. (For example, "Timesheet updates", "Sync with SAP", and so on.)

Project Server Permissions




Allows a user to save the specified project. Category permission.


Allows a user to edit the new project. Category permission.


Allows a user to assign resources from the resource pool to the new project. Category permission.

Applications typically call CheckOutProject, do some update or editing procedures, and then call QueueCheckInProject. The following example creates a sample project, checks out that project and renames it, and then checks it back in

For critical information about running this code sample, see Prerequisites for ASMX-based code samples in Project 2013.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Text;
using System.Net;
using System.Threading;
using System.Web.Services.Protocols;
using PSLibrary = Microsoft.Office.Project.Server.Library;
[assembly: CLSCompliant(true)]
namespace Microsoft.SDK.Project.Samples.CheckOutProject
   class Program
      static void Main(string[] args)
            #region Setup
            const string PROJECT_SERVER_URI = "http://ServerName/ProjectServerName/";
            const string PROJECT_SERVICE_PATH = "_vti_bin/psi/project.asmx";
            const string QUEUESYSTEM_SERVICE_PATH = "_vti_bin/psi/queuesystem.asmx";

            Guid jobId;
            Guid sessionId = Guid.NewGuid();
            const string SESSION_DESCRIPTION = "Check out sample utility";

            // Set up the web service objects.
            SvcProject.Project projectSvc = new SvcProject.Project();

            projectSvc.UseDefaultCredentials = true;

            SvcQueueSystem.QueueSystem q = new SvcQueueSystem.QueueSystem();
            q.UseDefaultCredentials = true;
            // Create a sample project.
            Console.WriteLine("Creating sample project");
            Guid projectId = CreateSampleProject(projectSvc, q);
            Console.WriteLine("Created Project UID: " + projectId.ToString());
            #region Check out, rename, and check in
            // Check out the project.
            // The session ID is used later to check in the project. 
            Console.WriteLine("Checking out sample project");
            projectSvc.CheckOutProject(projectId, sessionId, SESSION_DESCRIPTION);
            // Rename the project. 
            Console.WriteLine("Renaming the project");
            jobId = Guid.NewGuid();
            projectSvc.QueueRenameProject(jobId, sessionId, projectId, "My Renamed Project at " + DateTime.Now.ToShortTimeString().Replace(":", ""));
            WaitForQueue(q, jobId);

            // Check in the project. 
            Console.WriteLine("Checking in the project");
            jobId = Guid.NewGuid();
            projectSvc.QueueCheckInProject(jobId, projectId, false, sessionId, SESSION_DESCRIPTION);
            WaitForQueue(q, jobId);
         #region Exception handling
         catch (SoapException ex)
            PSLibrary.PSClientError error = new PSLibrary.PSClientError(ex);
            PSLibrary.PSErrorInfo[] errors = error.GetAllErrors();
            string errMess = "==============================\r\nError: \r\n";
            for (int i = 0; i < errors.Length; i++)
               errMess += "\n" + ex.Message.ToString() + "\r\n";
               errMess += "".PadRight(30, '=') + "\r\nPSCLientError Output:\r\n \r\n";
               errMess += errors[i].ErrId.ToString() + "\n";

               for (int j = 0; j < errors[i].ErrorAttributes.Length; j++)
                  errMess += "\r\n\t" + errors[i].ErrorAttributeNames()[j] + ": " + errors[i].ErrorAttributes[j];
               errMess += "\r\n".PadRight(30, '=');
            Console.ForegroundColor = ConsoleColor.Red;
         catch (WebException ex)
            string errMess = ex.Message.ToString() +
               "\n\nLog on, or check the Project Server Queuing Service";
            Console.ForegroundColor = ConsoleColor.Red;
            Console.WriteLine("Error: " + errMess);
         catch (Exception ex)
            Console.ForegroundColor = ConsoleColor.Red;
            Console.WriteLine("Error: " + ex.Message);
            Console.WriteLine("\r\n\r\nPress any key...");
      static private void WaitForQueue(SvcQueueSystem.QueueSystem q, Guid jobId)
         SvcQueueSystem.JobState jobState;
         const int QUEUE_WAIT_TIME = 2; // two seconds
         bool jobDone = false;
         string xmlError = string.Empty;
         int wait = 0;

         // Wait for the project to get through the queue.
         // Get the estimated wait time in seconds.
         wait = q.GetJobWaitTime(jobId);

         // Wait for it.
         Thread.Sleep(wait * 1000);
         // Wait until it is finished.

            // Get the job state.
            jobState = q.GetJobCompletionState(jobId, out xmlError);

            if (jobState == SvcQueueSystem.JobState.Success)
               jobDone = true;
               if (jobState == SvcQueueSystem.JobState.Unknown
               || jobState == SvcQueueSystem.JobState.Failed
               || jobState == SvcQueueSystem.JobState.FailedNotBlocking
               || jobState == SvcQueueSystem.JobState.CorrelationBlocked
               || jobState == SvcQueueSystem.JobState.Canceled)
                  // If the job failed, error out.
                  throw (new ApplicationException("Queue request failed \"" + jobState + "\" Job ID: " + jobId + ".\r\n" + xmlError));
                  Console.WriteLine("Job State: " + jobState + " Job ID: " + jobId);
                  Thread.Sleep(QUEUE_WAIT_TIME * 1000);
         while (!jobDone);
      static private Guid CreateSampleProject(SvcProject.Project projectSvc, SvcQueueSystem.QueueSystem q)
         SvcProject.ProjectDataSet projectDs = new SvcProject.ProjectDataSet();
         Guid jobId;
         // Create the project.
         SvcProject.ProjectDataSet.ProjectRow projectRow = projectDs.Project.NewProjectRow();
         projectRow.PROJ_UID = Guid.NewGuid();
         projectRow.PROJ_NAME = "Its a wonderful project at " + 
            DateTime.Now.ToShortDateString().Replace("/", "") + " " + 
            DateTime.Now.ToShortTimeString().Replace(":", "");
         projectRow.PROJ_TYPE = (int)PSLibrary.Project.ProjectType.Project;

         // Add some tasks.
         SvcProject.ProjectDataSet.TaskRow taskOne = projectDs.Task.NewTaskRow();
         taskOne.PROJ_UID = projectRow.PROJ_UID;
         taskOne.TASK_UID = Guid.NewGuid();
         // The Task Duration format must be specified.
         taskOne.TASK_DUR_FMT =(int) PSLibrary.Task.DurationFormat.Day;
         taskOne.TASK_DUR = 4800;  // 8 hours in duration units (minute/10)
         taskOne.TASK_NAME = "Task One";
         taskOne.TASK_START_DATE = System.DateTime.Now.AddDays(1);

         SvcProject.ProjectDataSet.TaskRow taskTwo = projectDs.Task.NewTaskRow();
         taskTwo.PROJ_UID = projectRow.PROJ_UID;
         taskTwo.TASK_UID = Guid.NewGuid();
         // The Task Duration format must be specified.
         taskTwo.TASK_DUR_FMT = (int)PSLibrary.Task.DurationFormat.Day;
         taskTwo.TASK_DUR = 4800;  // 8 hours in duration units (minute/10)
         taskTwo.TASK_NAME = "Task Two";
         taskTwo.TASK_START_DATE = System.DateTime.Now.AddDays(1);

         // Save the project to the database.
         jobId = Guid.NewGuid();
         projectSvc.QueueCreateProject(jobId, projectDs, false);
         WaitForQueue(q, jobId);
         return projectRow.PROJ_UID;