A Revit Server network is designed to support worksharing of multiple central models across a wide area network (WAN). This allows you to "Host" the models at one of your offices and set up Accelerators at remote locations to improve performance when working on the model.
Install and set up doesn't seem to be quite as strait forward as one would like...so I will attempt to shed some light on Pre Install basics...I have a white paper of the full install process.
Let's start at the beginning...
It is recommended that Revit Server be installed on a dedicated server.
Revit Server requires a Windows Server Operating System to install on.
For Revit Server 2017 those options include:
- Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 R2 SP1 64-bit
- Microsoft® Windows Server® 2012 64-bit
- Microsoft® Windows Server® 2012 R2 64-bit
Projects and Cache will default to the C drive. If you want to install those on another drive on your server that is fine or you can store it remotely on a Network Server provided you created a domain user account named “RevitServerService” to enter during the install. Keep in mind that the drives must be in line with the system requirements.
Storage performance is a big piece of being successful with Revit Server so be mindful of the information in the system requirements.
Please also be aware that there are some Revit Server things that cannot be installed anywhere but the C drive so make sure you have plenty of open space since the logs can get pretty large...and low space on the C drive can cause other issues as well.
You should NEVER place projects and/or cache on a NAS or SAN device. They are not supported by Autodesk and I speak from experience, I can guarantee you will have issues with accessing models.
The system requirements go as low as 4 for a minimum, but I would not recommend any less than 16, but prefer the performance recommendation of 32.
VMware® and Hyper-V® Support (See Revit Server Administrator’s Guide). But remember you must still meet the performance requirements. The IOPS (Input/output operations per second) performance of your setup should compare to the kind of physical drive Autodesk is looking for.
Note: Revit Server performance in a virtual environment such as VMWare needs careful tuning to avoid significant performance issues, and you should allow for additional overhead beyond the basic requirements listed here. It is recommended that you compare the performance of your virtual environment versus a physical environment. Test the network throughput and latency of your virtual environment versus your physical hardware and adjust accordingly for best performance.
WE have clients using Cloud Servers like Azure and we use them as well for some of our testing environments. The same rules apply here as with a Physical server or Virtual Machine.
Per Autodesk, reasonable performance can be consistently achieved if available network bandwidth exceeds 3Mbit/sec.
There are scenarios where more bandwidth may be required, please refer to the Autodesk Bandwidth Document for more detailed information.
If you have offices that are remotely located from the host you will need to setup a Revit Server Accelerator. The same system requirements apply here too.
I highly recommend you read through Autodesks Revit Model Performance Techinical Note