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    Server Hardware

    Hi All.
    Im wondering if someone can point me in the right direction here. Ive been asked to set up a server for Revit in our office and I am wondering if a single CPU will be better than Dual CPU for Revit Server or is it the total number of cores what matters most?
    We will have approx 20 workstations connected locally and another (up to) 20 connecting from other offices.

    Any advice is welcome

    Thanks

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    I have no experience on this exact use but I would think in a worst case scenario you want at least 2 cores available per user if all were on at the same time. Perhaps it is more efficient than that though. I hope to see what others may comment on that. Intel does have the core counts available but I also think AMD Epyc might have a better clock speed/core ratio as well and price too.

    I look forward to seeing what others have to say.

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    Are you talking about a File Server that hosts Revit Models, or a Server machine that will be running the Revit Server application as a Revit Server Accelerator? They arent even remotely the same thing, and the requirements are vastly different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twiceroadsfool View Post
    Are you talking about a File Server that hosts Revit Models, or a Server machine that will be running the Revit Server application as a Revit Server Accelerator? They arent even remotely the same thing, and the requirements are vastly different.
    ha, great point to ask, I assumed the later. Out of my own curiosity what do you think it would take to run the Revit Server application in that scenario?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twiceroadsfool View Post
    Are you talking about a File Server that hosts Revit Models, or a Server machine that will be running the Revit Server application as a Revit Server Accelerator? They arent even remotely the same thing, and the requirements are vastly different.
    Or even a server that runs virtual Revit workstations...

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    Quote Originally Posted by remiscs View Post
    ha, great point to ask, I assumed the later. Out of my own curiosity what do you think it would take to run the Revit Server application in that scenario?
    I've personally run Revit Server on some hilariously underspec'd hardware (virtual, to boot) and it tolerated it... But performance wasn't awesome.

    These days even typical desktops (which CAN run Revit Server, all OS's since win7 CAN run it even if it's not supported) come with enough power. I doubt I'd run it on less than 8GB of ram, and I'd want fast hard drives (and a lot of space). I was constantly having to clear out space on the RS accelerators at my old company, and one of my clients deals with that now.

    I hedge on specifying processors and ram stats, because I want my Revit servers as virtuals, or piggy backed on physical workstations. Haha.

    But they don't require anywhere near the resources a Revit desktop does. Except for HD speed and size, and a decent speed and number of cores for processing. There aren't any GPU requirements at all, naturally.

    Sent from my Phablet. Please excuse typos... and bad ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robin Deurloo View Post
    Or even a server that runs virtual Revit workstations...
    Those, i DEFINETELY have information on.

    I just spec'd one today, with dual nvidia GRID P40's, and VdWS licenses, that allow up to a 24GB graphics card profile.

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    Cool stuff !
    Lets wait and see what djpaddym really wants/needs

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    Hi All,

    Thanks for all of your replies! I am not so well informed on the server side of things and maybe could have asked the question a bit clearer.
    Right now, we use a Qnap TS469L NAS for all our files as our "file server" and each workstation has a mapped drive to this NAS. All our workstations are capable of working with large Revit files so we will not need a server that runs virtual Revit workstations (although that is an interesting solution for future expansion)

    So I guess what we need is, firstly - a server to run Revit Server (file server), and secondly a machine to run Revit Server Accelerator (could this be a workstation that we dedicate to running the accelerator?) From what I understand, the latter needs much higher specs than the first?

    Sorry if I'm asking very basic questions here!

    Thanks again

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    You mentioned "Revit Server (file server)" again. Thats two different things. 'Revit Server' and the Revit Server Accelerator are the same thing. Simply put:

    Are you looking for an office File Server (doesnt sound like it, as you have the QNAP), or are you looking to put Revit Server Accelerators in place, for multi office (one domain) collaboration?

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