Revit Server: Setting it up right the 1st time

The Revit Server video is up on our Vimeo channel as well as my YouTube channel! It includes a live preparation of Windows Server 2008 R2 in my VMware Workstation, as well as an actually installation. Make sure you watch it before trying it out in your office to save yourself some downtime, not to mention headaches!! 🙂


If you have any questions, comments, or even suggestions, feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email! I’m always open to constructive critics’ thoughts and opinions!

SUCCESS!!!!

Revit Server update: After a LOT of testing with my sandbox, I got Revit Server up and running. Seeing that I didn’t have my regular Server 2008 media, I had to use 2008 R2. And I did it through VMware… Okay, so it’s not officially supported by Autodesk but it does work. Those who are trying it themselves; there are some things missing from the prerequisite pages. I’ve already sent the updates in. A full implementation video in progress, STAY TUNED!

*Mark your calendars for October 12!!!! We’re going to be having an event in the Apple store on 14th street for more news about AutoCAD on the MAC. See you there, but you must register!

Serve me up some Revit Server!

If you haven’t heard already, there is MAJOR news on the Autodesk front. Just released is the subscription advantage packs for lots of stuff. Lots of AutoCAD based packs, but what I’m clamoring about is the Revit stuff, Revit Server specifically.

This is an Autodesk software solution for sharing Revit Central Files across a WAN. We’ve used Riverbed, Globescape, and other solutions; again, this is direct from Autodesk. Watch this quick little video by Autodesk for more info.

Users point to the central server and/or IP address. No ping = no connect. Obvious isn’t it? 🙂 Some info:

Technical Requirements: (updated)

  • Officially: Windows Server 2008 (64 bit OS) – no R2, no virtualization
  • IIS 7.0 + IE 7.0 (or higher) + Silverlight plug-in + MS .NET 3.5 SP1
  • Roles + Services specified by the Autodesk readme file.

Limitations:

  • Delete, rename or move files on Revit Servers using Revit Server Administrator (RSA)
  • Disabled features: Editing Requests, Working At Risk, Rollback, model thumbnails, worksharing monitor.

Revit Server Administrator: (highlights)

  • Web based tool
  • Users can type the server name in browser (IIS based access control)
  • Folder management done using RSA (create, delete, rename and move folders)
  • Backup and restoration – lock/unlock central files
  • View submission history for any model changes

Useful resources:

Keep in mind this is definitely not a cloud solution. As one of the testers noted, this is version 1. You know what that means, take it with a grain of salt. We all know that v1 is never close to perfect, but it’s got real potential. After a little bit of testing in my sandbox….