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Fri, Jul 5, 2013 at 12:57:43 PM | Central file location problem over workgroup network

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The setup: In my small office we have a windows (7) workgroup network setup.  My computer acts as the "server", but it's nothing more than all the files reside on my HD and everyone else connects to it/saves to it through the network.  Nothing too fancy.

The problem: I have a project setup for worksharing which works great on my computer.  When a co-worker creates their local copy and opens, they get error messages "The path to the central model is invalid.  Please enter or browse to a valid location."  And "...cannot be found, perhaps due to a lost network connection."  The connection is fine since he can see/open/save other standard (non-workshared) revit files.  In the collaborate options I have checked the path to the central and browsed to the correct central file and keep getting the errors.

Has anyone come across this and have a fix?  Thanks!


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Fri, Jul 5, 2013 at 1:43:53 PM | Central file location problem over workgroup network

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Does your own local open correctly?

You are making a sperate local and not opening the central, correct?


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Fri, Jul 5, 2013 at 2:31:03 PM | Central file location problem over workgroup network

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Yes, my own local copy opens/saves/syncs properly.  And yes, the other user is making a copy to their desktop and opening correctly.  I set it up for them by copy/paste/rename (through windows explorer, all on their machine so as to not run into login name conflicts).


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Fri, Jul 5, 2013 at 2:40:13 PM | Central file location problem over workgroup network

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".... I set it up for them by copy/paste/rename (through windows explorer..." <<<  What are you talking about?  I don't understand what you are doing.  Perhaps this process is your problem.  Read up in your HELP on work sharing.

 

To create a local, you find the central and you open it with the box checked to create a new local.  Then you save this local...locally.


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Fri, Jul 5, 2013 at 2:52:14 PM | Central file location problem over workgroup network

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I'll give that a try.  I was just following a tutorial I found via a link in another RevitCity thread.


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Fri, Jul 5, 2013 at 5:56:02 PM | Central file location problem over workgroup network

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Usually the way to ensure that everybody has access to the central file, is to be able to have the same path to the file. For instance when you save the central file to the path L:\folder\, your file is then L:\folder\central_file.rvt . All computers must be able to see the file in the same path L:\folder\ . That means that you have to ensure you create consistent network drives to all your workstations.

 

All copies of the central file to the workstation should automatically look for L:\folder\central_file.rvt in order to sinchronize with it. It all your workstations can see the central file, and your workstation/clients have the right permission to write to the central file, then they should in theory be able to sinchronize.

 

We do just these steps all the time and it works just fine. And I hope this also works with your setup.


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Sun, Jul 7, 2013 at 12:18:10 AM | Central file location problem over workgroup network

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Yeah, that's what I was afraid of.  On my computer it's looking for C:\folder\central_file.rvt and my coworker's is looking for Y:\folder\central_file.rvt (my HD being a mapped network drive on theirs).  The only fix I can think of is to partition my HD and give it a letter (Z or something) that can be mapped the same on letter on their cpu.  Does that sound reasonable?


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Sun, Jul 7, 2013 at 8:09:42 AM | Central file location problem over workgroup network

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You can use the command subst, and after create your .

 

To create a virtual drive Z for the path C:\folder on the host computer, type on the command prompt:

subst z: C:\folder

Now, instead of typing the full path, you can reach this directory by typing the letter of the virtual drive, followed by a colon, as follows:

z:

If C:\folder is shared folder with your workgroup, and a drive is mapped on each workstation as z: , you should get a consistent path to all computers. Don'f forget to save the central file AFTER this setup is in place.


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Sun, Jul 7, 2013 at 8:13:34 AM | Central file location problem over workgroup network

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The central file has to be saved in the Z: folder that all computers can see (or other drive letter of your choice obviously).


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Tue, Jul 9, 2013 at 6:26:34 PM | Central file location problem over workgroup network

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@archigrafix: thanks! that solved it.


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Sun, Jul 28, 2013 at 5:45:05 PM | Central file location problem over workgroup network

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I am glad it solved the problem.


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