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    Revit Server Issue

    We have set up a local Revit Server and successful connected to the Central Revit Server. The local Revit Server Admin page connects to central server correctly. On a workstation, in Revit, when I first "Connect to Revit Server" it works correctly. When I browse to the "Revit Server", then "Revit Server Models" to try and open a project, I get an error, "The Revit server you are trying to access in not available due to a server or network failure" etc...

    Additional info: When I go back into the Connect to Revit Server dialog it now say the server is not available. I've tried connecting by name and IP. In all cases the web interface for the Revit Server Admin is working correctly. If I switch from the Server Name to IP it successfully connects to the Server again, but still errors when I try and browse to a project.

    I've set the firewall exceptions per this post: revitclinic.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/11/revit-server-and-the-firewall-exception.html, and we've even turned the firewall off entirely.

    Has anyone else experienced this and solved the problem?
    Last edited by Jupton; January 11, 2011, 03:43 PM.

    #2
    We've solved the problem. It based on a poor assumption by me. I didn't realize that each workstation would need to directly access the Central Revit Server as well as the Local Revit Server. We are connecting to the central server via VPN, so each workstation needed that set up as well. Everything is working well now.

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      #3
      Hi Jupton, glad you got it working, and very cool of you to post the solution too Thank you.
      Klaus Munkholm
      "Do. Or do not. There is no try."

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        #4
        So why exactly does each workstation require a VPN to the CS?
        Doesn't this defeat the purpose of having separate servers?
        Andrew Harp
        BIM Manager GHD
        If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you.
        If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.

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          #5
          Revit still talks with the central server for object permissions and locking the central file while syncing.
          Troy Gates - Director of Design Technology
          KTGY Group, Inc - http://twitter.com/troygates

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            #6
            OK, so will RS work without creating a vpn connection from each users machine to the CS?
            Andrew Harp
            BIM Manager GHD
            If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you.
            If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.

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              #7
              The clients need direct access to the central whether its by vpn or by being on the same network.
              Troy Gates - Director of Design Technology
              KTGY Group, Inc - http://twitter.com/troygates

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                #8
                None of our workstations use a VPN to connect at all. We use VPN tunnels/firewalls at all Local RSs and the Central RS, all on separate domains.
                Local Servers connect to ip address of Central; workstations STC via Local Server; Local Server then calls Central and saves changed data/syncs.

                (At least this is how I understand it.)
                Cliff B. Collins
                Registered Architect
                The Lamar Johnson Collaborative Architects, St. Louis, MO
                Autodesk Expert Elite

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                  #9
                  Hi Cliff, thats how I thought it should work as well.
                  Thats how we set it up, but the guys off site could not connect to their local server, for some reason...hmmm
                  Should be a fun day today........I guss the upside is I am llearning more and more about IT
                  Andrew Harp
                  BIM Manager GHD
                  If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you.
                  If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.

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                    #10
                    Sounds like a LAN /network problem with the offsite guys.
                    Check their DNS--try CMD ipconfig /flush dns renew at all local machines.
                    Make sure they can ping the local RS. Reboot all servers in the RS pool.
                    Cliff B. Collins
                    Registered Architect
                    The Lamar Johnson Collaborative Architects, St. Louis, MO
                    Autodesk Expert Elite

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