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    Does Revit Server require a WAN?

    My office is looking at the possibility of having another office (different company) help us on some projects, but the other office is 200+ miles away. I've used VPN to work on file-based workshared file from home for years without issue, but that's only 15 miles and a 100/20 Mbps down/up internet connection. I don't like the idea of VPN for someone 200+ miles away.

    So we're starting to look at Revit Server, but at this point I'm still not sure how it gets set up. I'm assuming I would install Revit Server on the Win Server 2012 box in this office. Then what? How does someone at the other office connect to or find our Revit Server? Do we and they both have to be part of the same WAN for RS to work, or can the other office remotely connect via VPN to access Revit Server-based project files?

    #2
    Revit Server probably doesnt work the way you think it works.

    You need:

    1. Revit Server on a Box in your office (not your main server box, FYI)
    2. Revit Server on a Box in the other office (not their main server box, either)
    3. The files all live on "Revit Server" which means they are NOT on your normal File Server at all.
    4. The offices need to be connected with decently stable internet. (Ideally on same domain, but some companies have hacked it to work). Note that it does NOT do inter-domain, out of the box. Its not meant for that.

    The two RS boxes will cache the files back and forth and handle the real time. You dont ever actually open files "from either RS." You just tell it "open a file from our Revit Server Network" and it finds the files.

    200 miles is nothing.

    And FYI: Working on Revit Server across 200 miles is WAY safer than working over VPN from down the street. IMVHO, you would have to be crazy to work on a standard Workshared File over VPN.
    Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
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      #3
      Here's the other issue. The other office is a "one-man show" who normally never uses worksharing, and works off of Revit files directly in Dropbox. And his internet connection is about 12 Mbps down and 4 up, whereas ours is more like 150/20+

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        #4
        So if RS project files are separate from our normal file server, how are project files organized on RS? Is there still a folder structure there? Because we currently have deep folder-level project organization now, where project Revit files always exist at \\server\share\Project Year\Project\Drawings\Project Revit Central File.rvt. It's the same for every project. Having the Revit files for a RS project exist in a different location than all the other files for a project sounds like it could get fairly disorganized.
        Last edited by PatrickGSR94; September 20, 2019, 07:53 PM.

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          #5
          You dont see "Folders" on RS, as you dont EVER use Windows Explorer to navigate to it. The entire "Revit Server Network" is a self contained "thing." There isnt an RVT that youll see anywhere, and you dont want to try to force your typical file standards workflow in to RS. Because only Revit files go on RS, and nothing else.

          It sounds to me (based on your last two posts) like Revit Server isnt what you want, for this project.
          Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
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            #6
            well, we're here and he's there and we're trying to figure out a way that he can add some manpower to the project... somehow.

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              #7
              The "low tech" entry point...put a new workstation in your office for the other office to use Remote Desktop. Bring your remote user to your office "virtually" for the projects that person needs to work on.

              Revit Server is a much deeper commitment...as Aaron as already explained...

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                #8
                We may have to go that route. I connect RDP to my workstation using a non-standard port, which allows me to connect without even using a VPN connection.

                When working from home I use VPN and Revit on my home machine only on smaller projects with no one else working on them. If other people are in the project then I always use direct RDP without VPN, so that the worksharing data is only coming from my office machine on the same LAN as the file server.

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                  #9
                  I've gotten good experiences using the Google Remote Desktop App.

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                    #10
                    How is that different than Windows own built in RDP?

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