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Wed, May 4, 2011 at 1:34:40 PM | WORKSHARING HELP PLEASE!




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This may be a reposted topic as I have not searched yet and I need an answer kind of quick. My appologizies in advance if so.

Anyways, I keep getting this:

ERROR MESSAGE: Can't obtain permission to edit the element: The central file is inaccessable. You can check out worksets at risk, but consider carefully!"

everytime I open the file I am supposed to be working on.

After a little bit of research I have come to the conclusion that I have a copy of the central file instead of a local file.

Do I need to create a local file from the central file located on their server directly (it's a contracted project and I'd have to contact the architect)? or can I just create a local file from the copy of the central file we already have and still be able to update to the central file (not sure how this would work if I'm not connected to the network that the central file is located on)? Is worksharing even compatable across unconnected networks?I probably need to go ahead and contact the architect and figure out exactly what they'd like anyways but I figured I'd check the web first and see what I could come up with. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Wed, May 4, 2011 at 2:18:47 PM | WORKSHARING HELP PLEASE!



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You should absolutly read your HELP on worksharing!  You can really use this without understanding it.


Revit maitains a link between the central and your local so that when you are working on something, the element is locked in the central and nobody else can modify it at the same time.  This link has to be maintained or your work is "AT RISK", that is why you get your warning.  For advanced users, you can work with checked out worksets but this is far too complicated for where you are.


Worksharing is not really possible across unconnected networks except through a "cloud".  Revit server is available in connected networks but even that can be complicated.  You need a local file linked to the central file within your network. 


But the real question is are you working on the architectural file or ar you an engineer.  If the later, then you should be using a linked architectural file in your own central located on your server.  That linked file CAN be a copy and can be updated periodically.

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Wed, May 4, 2011 at 3:16:53 PM | WORKSHARING HELP PLEASE!



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You are getting that error, because you are in a LOCAL file AND do not have access to the central file location.  If you are working with a different network topography, etc. than those working in the file, you'll get this error.  EVERYONE who accesses the central file, MUST see that file via the same path, thus if one office has that mapped as the "P" drive, and another has it as the "S" drive, one of you will see the central file as a local file.

Another way this happens is if you lose connection with the central file, i.e.- you take off with your local file.  To prevent this warning, prior to losing that connection, open up the worksets dialog, and check out worksets you will be using.  This prevents others from making changes to them, thus preventing them from making changes which prevent you from reconciling your changes with the central file. 

If you make changes to a workset while away from a central file, and someone else makes any change to that workset, your file will not be able to reconcile.  I highly recommend reading about central files in the help files  to better understand this.


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Fri, May 6, 2011 at 2:26:17 AM | WORKSHARING HELP PLEASE!




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hi kcaparella,

save your local file as central file but be sure you have set the worksets. exit revit and open again it in server so you can create a local file.



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