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    Revit Server & Linked Consultant Files

    For those of you using Revit Server how are you handling consultant files that are linked into your project? Are you placing these on the Revit Server along with your central file? Or are you saving them to the network drive that you would typically use? I've done some forum/internet searching but haven't been able to find a clear answer.

    We have recently set up Revit Server to work between our main office and a new satellite office about 50 miles away, and are still trying to figure out all of the details. Thanks for the help.

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    We place them on RS, in separate folders for MEP and Structural. Works fine.

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    Yep, place them on the RS in folders as Cliff mentioned.
    We have had issues where linked files did not show up for the users on the Local server. Placed them on the Central and all was fixed. Not sure if this is a common issue or not, but it makes sense.

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    We store all links in a sub folder under each project called "Links". We also scrub the consultant models to make them smaller. We delete all sheets, schedules, legends, and all non-plan views. We purge 3 times and then save to the Revit Server. I've found this will cut a consultant model any where from 50-75% in file size.

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    Agree with all. Some finer points about this workflow. When you get models from your subs and need to replace them there is a process that you need to follow. I wrote a post in wikiHelp about this. Clearing the Local Server Cache After Replacing Central Models - WikiHelp
    Also, this will change for 2013. Each model will have a GUID and when it gets replaced, it gets a new GUID. You will now have to do a 'Reload From' on all models that have been replaced. In 2012 this extra step was not necessary.

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    We replace our linked models at least once a week and haven't had any corruption on local servers. Guess we are either lucky or its because we rename the existing file, save the new one, and then delete the renamed one. It would be impractical for me to delete the folder off of 8 servers and 4 laptops every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonbailly View Post
    Also, this will change for 2013. Each model will have a GUID and when it gets replaced, it gets a new GUID. You will now have to do a 'Reload From' on all models that have been replaced.
    !?! Seriously!?! Someone will actually have to go in and reload all the models each time? Would/will that need to be done in the central central file directly? Or will a standard user be able to reload the links from within a local copy via their local central to populate the central central?

    Surely a file switcheroo when model updates come in, done at a file level (i.e explorer) by someone as "unskilled" as a document controller was better than this/that?

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    The 'reload from' should be able to be performed by the first person that opens a local copy that has a new version (new GUID) linked model. I haven't tested this yet but had ADSK test it over the phone. They weren't really aware of this workflow or the impact to it
    On our largest project, we decided to take the two largest models and make detached copies nightly. They are placed on a server that then utilized DFSR to send the detached models to nine different offices. The models were 'Reload-From' and point to a location like this \\intranet.abc\revitServerDeadModels\client\projec t\model. This keeps the models from having locks (temporary or orphaned) on them and frees those two largest models up to be accessed only by the people that are actaully working on them. We still haven't automated the creation of the detached copies so I have to do that nightly. That's when I play 'DrawSomething' on my iPad

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