It is a software solution that takes advantage of server technology (hopefully existing in your firm)
- Uses a Central Project server and Local Project Servers
- User experience is simple - select a project file from a Revit Server list of projects
- Performance - data borrowing speed goal is 100ms or less
- SWC Process
- #1 Reload latest is from Local Server if data has been prefetched from thetrnal server
- # Model Update - This is a function of Revit on the local machine. Revit Server project will not affect this.
- #3 Save - Data needs to migrate to the central project server
- One Server per location (exception as mentioned earlier about one server)
- Windows Server 2008 (64 bit OS)
- Internet Information Server 7.0
- Web Services
- Silverlight plug-in for revit Server Administrator
- Minor configuration changes (~ 5 IIS settings)
- Prefer a project server that doesn't have office email exchange server and other web heavy applications
- End users cannot delete, rename or move central and folders on Revit central servers using revit client, but they can do that using Revit Server Administrator
- Disabled features: Editing requests and Rollback
- No longer possible to work at risk
- Worksharing monitor does not function with Revit server but will be replaced by a Bluestreak add-in monitoring worksharing activity
- Any user can type the server name in browser window (access controlled by IT permissions)
- Based on Microsoft Silverlight tech. Must install plug-in
- Create, delete, rename and move folders and cntral models on central server
- lock/unlock central models for backup and restoration
- View submission history for any model
Robert Manna with Burt Hill has been working with this technology quietly behind the scenes. He shared a nice graphic relationship diagram on his post a few minutes ago.
He disclosed that he's doing a AU Virtual class on this subject, you'll want to check it out!
I can also finally admit that my AUv course "Virtually" There: Using Revit with Geographically Dispersed Teams: AB22-1R" is intended to primarily focus on Revit Server, implementing it, and our experience using it on a real project team involving multiple offices and an external consultant.