Windows Server

by GRAPHISOFT and Marton Kiss · updated: 06.27.2014

Compatibility notes to GRAPHISOFT products on Windows Server Editions

Windows Server 2012 R2

Officially supported versions:

  • BIMcloud
  • BIM Server v18

Windows Server 2012

Officially supported versions:

  • BIMcloud
  • BIM Server v18
  • BIM Server v17

Windows Server 2008 R2

Officially supported versions:

  • BIMcloud
  • BIM Server v18
  • BIM Server v17
  • BIM Server v16
  • BIM Server v15
  • BIM Server v14
  • BIM Server v13

Windows Server 2008

  • BIM Server v17
  • BIM Server v16 – Suitable for running the BIM Server, but not tested separately by GRAPHISOFT.
  • BIM Server v15
  • BIM Server v14
  • BIM Server v13

Windows Server 2003

  • BIM Server v16
  • BIM Server v15
  • BIM Server v14
  • BIM Server v13

For more details see the official system requirements.


ArchiCAD on Server Editions

By default ArchiCAD runs well on Server editions, but note that most of the servers do not have graphics cards with reasonable performance. As a result the 3D design environment is going to be slow.

Remote desktop – Terminal server

In many cases we’ve been asked about whether it is possible to have a central extremely powerful computer as a terminal server and the users would just use thin clients to access the server through remote desktop.

This is possible, you will need a license key with NET licenses for that, as multiple users are going to use ArchiCAD on the same computer. Each active user will need one license. Your local reseller can help to reconfigure your licenses into NET (network) key(s).

Things to consider:

  • the ease of use and the performance won’t be even close to the level when ArchiCAD is run natively on a workstation with good graphics (before having someone to work like this make sure you do a test drive, all Pro/Enterprise versions of Windows can be accessed through RDP)
  • such servers are extremely expensive, for the same cost many workstations can be purchased (which results significantly better performance, which means better productivity)
  • any network problems or latency will block or delay the work

Troubleshooting

Java

The BIM Server requires Java runtime environment, which is installed during the installation of the BIM Server package. The best is using either:

Most of the BIM Server related issues can be addressed by verifying the Java setup on the computer. In many cases different versions of Java cause problems, to address these follow the instructions in this article: Install/Java If there are multiple instances of the same Java version e.g. two Java(TM) 6 instances, uninstall both of them and install the version from the previous article, or from Java.com

More troubleshooting

For more documented solutions see: Teamwork or Troubleshooting

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