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    Revit over VDI

    Just trying to get an update on if\how VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) is being used with Revit. We are a relatively small architecture practice, and we are looking at upgrading workstations soon. The maintenance, low workstation cost, and mobility possibilities promised by VDI are tempting.

    Is anyone out there using Citrix Xenapp, VMware Horizon, or something similar with success?

    Thanks!

    #2
    We're just starting with Horizon and, so far, it's laggy but workable. I hear in the home office it's smooth sailing but halfway across the country the lag is noticeable. I've been told it should be the same and it's just a setting or 10 they need to change. We'll see but so far I would complain daily about the lag.
    Greg McDowell Jr
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      #3
      Working with clients using both VMWare Horizon and citrix (desktops, not vApps, but those too on occasion).

      Revit runs fine in it. I ran a horizon sessions with revit from Sydney australia, with the server in dallas tx. It WAS a bit laggy from that far away. But it still ran like a champ.
      Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
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        #4
        We have tested VMware (Advance2000) and am using Citrix. They work well, but they are expensive.

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          #5
          Thanks for the input, all! Any suggestions on where to start in researching specific setup configurations?

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            #6
            No idea about specs, but I'm running Revit on a citrix server from a thin client at the office and compared to my own computer at home (which is just an i5 with 8Gb memory) it is slow.... Definitely not something I would chose if it were my choice to make.
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              #7
              My personal advice is to reach out to the folks at (company name removed). The reason i say that is- as you can tell from the feedback in this thread- the devil is ALL in the details. VDI performance has a wide range from "completely crap" to "cant tell its virtual." And its all tweaks on the Virtualization side, that make the difference. Their stuff doesnt suck. And a few of the others mentioned in the thread (which ive seen used before) DO suck.

              VDI done well is expensive, but if you want the features it grants you (work from remote, scalability, improved response times on desktop support) its worth it. If i could justify and afford one or two of their (model number removed) rigs for my company, it would be a done deal.

              Hopefully soon.

              EDIT: Post has been edited to reflect a change in who we recommend. Reach out to me directly for more information.
              Last edited by Twiceroadsfool; March 3, 2019, 09:55 PM.
              Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
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                #8
                I have been running on VDI for the past month or so and with our vendor the performance is awesome. The connection is 600mb up and down. So the speed is crazy fast. It did take many tweaks and testing to get it stable and rocking and we still have some odities. IE Keynote Manager not working, Family Browser not working, but in the long run its pretty darn good. The funny thing is its better outside the home office then in. Cause inside the home office the bandwidth is getting used up and they have limited streaming and other items which actually mess up the VDI. They are working on sorting that out. But if you go with the right vendor I think its almost un noticable. For what its worth I'm in Florida and the VDI I'm using is outside of Dallas. No lag at all. I can even pull files straight from my laptop to it. I did find one downside to VDI, I was able to work on my model, from my IPAD pro in a hunting blind. VDI makes you a little too mobile And it sucks up a data plan like you wouldn't believe.
                Scott D. Brown, AIA | Senior Project Manager | Beck Group

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                  #9
                  Glad they finally got you up and running. I KNEW you guys would be believers once they got it in motion.

                  BTW the Family Browser worked on the VDI when I set it up (still does, too). Not sure what happened since then, LOL. =)
                  Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
                  @Web | @Twitter | @LinkedIn | @Email

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Robin Deurloo View Post
                    No idea about specs, but I'm running Revit on a citrix server from a thin client at the office and compared to my own computer at home (which is just an i5 with 8Gb memory) it is slow.... Definitely not something I would chose if it were my choice to make.
                    The trick is to make sure the Revit sees the video card. We learned the hard way. Revit will run poorly on VDI if Citrix is not configured correctly.

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