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Sat, Mar 9, 2013 at 1:05:34 AM | Revit local files = Workstation or server location




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Questions about Local Revit files


We keep our Central Revit file on our main server. 

Why cant we have the local file in the same location on the server? 

Does it really have to be on the local workstation?

We have gigbit switches so the network speed isnt really an issue.  I think one issue is that the local Revit files are localed in our C:\user sub-folders and it gets back up a few times a day. So if we change the directory  outside of our "user" folder to a folder that doesnt get backed up then.

A) the network traffic will go down?

B) space on the server will go down due to local file on workstation?

C)its on the user to sync his or her local revit to the centeral file once 1 to 2 hours at a time?

D) if his or her workstation / HD crashes then they lose their local file and also their work?

E) I heard its a good idea to recreate a new local file from the central file once a day?


Any info would be great.

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Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 12:31:30 PM | Revit local files = Workstation or server location



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The purpose of a local file is so that all users have their own file that they can work on.  Personally this local file should not be on the server (mainly to save space).  I put my local file in a folder called Revit Local Files right on my Desktop and I have Revit pathed there so it does it automatically.  Local files do get backed up so if you for some reason crash you can use one of the backup files right from your C drive or wherever you told Revit to path them.  Yes depending on the amount of work being done you should sync to central once every hour or so. Remember there are other people working on the same project so they will want to see changes also.  I like to create a new local once every morning but that may be a little excessive, everyother day or so would probably be fine, depending on the size of the project.

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