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….

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2 thoughts on “Serve me up some Revit Server!

  1. David Thigpen December 6, 2010 / 9:19 pm

    James:

    Do you have any idea if Windows Server Foundation is a possibilty? Intereseted in a single user office to office setup.

    • thejame December 18, 2010 / 2:12 am

      hey David, I’m not 100% sure, but I’m assuming that Server Foundation will work fine. It’s just a typical installation process, along with it’s prerequisites. Try it and let me know how it goes! You’ll be one of the first!

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