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Sat, Dec 18, 2010 at 12:03:59 PM | Central and Local Files over the internet?

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Hi, 

 A mate and I have started a small Design Business. We would like to be able to work on the same project from our homes. Can the same system be setup with a central file and local files are you would if working on a server within a network? Can someone please explain how to get this working over the internet if it is possible? Also a write up would be helpful if there is one. 

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Sun, Jan 9, 2011 at 8:31:32 PM | Central and Local Files over the internet?

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I've used VPN (Virtual Private Networking) which comes with Windows. It sets up a peer to peer connection with the server to act like a network connect to your LAN. I've done this successfully with a couple people working on the same project. It is slow however. Taking ownership of objects can take a few seconds and saving to central can take 1/2 hour or more.

There are VPN accelertors you can buy that will improve that but they cost $1000's.

I don't have a link on setting up VPN anymore. But a Google search should come up with lots.


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Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 1:23:59 AM | Central and Local Files over the internet?

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If you do this you're going to have to be super anal about the worksets, and plan to not need overlap for extended periods of time.  Saving to central will take forever, and as I understand it, if one person is saving to central, others cannot reload lastest or save themselves during that time.  Over a network these overlaps are rare since it takes under a second to update 50 megs or so, but the average internet connection is not so hot. 

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Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 1:57:47 PM | Central and Local Files over the internet?

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It might be easier to use remote desktop to link into your system at work.  I have use that on occasion it it works pretty well.

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Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 4:27:49 PM | Central and Local Files over the internet?

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Using Remote Desktop Connection is by far the best solution.

We've used Revit for many years and have tried many solutions. Busy implementing RevitServer to see if that helps but the RDC over a VPN is the easiest tio use. HP has a package called something like "Remote Graphics Solution" that apparently will make RDC work a lot faster - I think that the HP solution costs about $50/user.


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Tue, Jan 11, 2011 at 1:45:08 PM | Central and Local Files over the internet?

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You will have much less headache by using Remote Desktops... a Virtual Connection.. and keep the Revit Central Model on ONE OF YOUR COMPUTERS.  Jusk allow connection and work together even when at separate homes/offices.

We tried a VPN connection, keeping the LOCAL copy on our home machines.. and the CENTRAL back at the office.  Well, whenever we lost our connection.. we couldn't synchronize with the Central file.  It became incompatible. But if you are linked with a Remote Desktop.. and keep the LOCAL on the remote location.. then a lost connection is nothing but a couple of minutes reconnecting and the Revit Model is still up and running like you left it.

Good luck with your new business! 


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Sun, Mar 20, 2011 at 3:25:18 AM | Central and Local Files over the internet?

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Hi all

I have a LAN network with 5 laptop at office  . All files shared, I created a CENTRAL FILE at Laptop A and to put it in share folder . The other laptop can see it, and open it by REVIT but members team can not create LOCAL FILE at their laptop ( stick create local file is gray out).

I try more time but failed !! 

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Sun, Mar 20, 2011 at 3:46:23 PM | Central and Local Files over the internet?

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trandung... just select the central file, and copy it to any local folder (it can be any place). To save the changes to central, just click on synchronize .

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Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 1:22:16 PM | Central and Local Files over the internet?

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@ nastyclown .

If you copy to any local file and save change to  central . You can not synchronize  with manager's central file .

I just know how to do this: I must create MAP NETWORK DRIVE for folder central at manager's computer and any member's computer can to see it and member can create local file for working. Of course any local file can synchronize

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Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 3:30:56 PM | Central and Local Files over the internet?

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First, and not to assume you are doing it wrong, but lets check all basis... You do actually have a central file, correct?  Worksets enabled?  When you copy a central file to any location but that which it was originally saved to, it becomes a local file.  I'd guess that if you've done everything correctly, then verify the mapping to laptop A.  Revit needs everyone to see the same drive letter, thus if you put the central file on laptop A, and share its folder, all the users connecting to it, need to see the EXACT same path.  If laptop A has the following path per say "C:\users\jimboy\Revit\Project number\Central\"  then all other laptops will need to see the same exact path... and as you notice, that is not possible, because they would all be looking on their "C" drive.  I would recommend trying this:  Create a shared location on laptop A, open revit on laptop B, create a mapping to Laptop A's shared location mapping it to some letter, like "p".  Then using laptop B, create a central file, and save to the "P" drive.  Make sure all other laptops are mapped to the "P" drive, then see if they open properlly.  NOTE: Laptop A will not be able to EVER open this file, it has taken on the role of a server, but will always see its file location as local to itself (the path that it will see to the "P" drive is different than what everyone else would see).

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Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 4:23:07 PM | Central and Local Files over the internet?

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Have you looked at using Revit Server?

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Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 11:57:24 AM | Central and Local Files over the internet?

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Hi all

I have not server . My group is small and everyone using a LAN network  .

Let create a folder share  and MAP NETWORK DRIVE it on manager's computer, then MAP NETWORK DRIVE at other computer to that folder share . 

 


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