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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Revit 2012 -Learn how to deploy and install Revit on Citrix XenApp.

Deployment and installation of Autodesk Revit 2012 on Citrix XenApp 6.0 requires careful planning and execution. You should review the following documentation before you attempt to deploy and administer Revit on Citrix.
  • Citrix XenApp 6.0 documentation or the Citrix web site.
  • Autodesk Revit 2012 Installation Overview and FAQ
  • Autodesk Revit 2012 Network Admin Guide
  • Autodesk Revit 2012 Licensing Guide
The issues and recommendations contained in this document are specific to the installation of Autodesk Revit 2012 only. This document does not include any details on licensing issues, nor is it meant to be a comprehensive guide to running Autodesk Revit 2012 applications in a XenApp 6.0 environment.
System Requirements
Before you install or deploy the program, make sure that your servers and client workstations meet or exceed the minimum recommended hardware and software requirements specified in the following tables.
Hardware and software requirements for Citrix XenApp and Autodesk License Manager
Hardware/Software Requirement Notes
Hardware   For information about system sizing, optimization, configuration, and deployment scenarios, see the Citrix web site.
Software   Minimum requirements:
  • A server, running Windows Server 2008 R2, installed and configured with Citrix XenApp 6.0, Citrix License Manager, and Citrix Profile Manager.
  • A second server (recommended) installed with Autodesk Session Specific License and for use exclusively by Citrix-based Autodesk applications.
  • Autodesk Revit 2012 installed.
Other   Domain Controller Configuration: Microsoft Active Directory will be used for authentication. It can be configured to use Roaming Profiles.
Hardware and software requirements for Client Devices
Hardware/Software Requirement Notes
Operating System Windows 7 or Windows XP, SP2  
Browser Windows Internet Explorer 7 or 8  
User Access   Client computers should be bound to the network domain. Each client computer should have either the full or web online client plug-in installed. Users should use their domain logins to access both the Citrix web console and the LAN.
Preparing for Installation
To prepare for installation, you should thoroughly review the following documentation:
  • Citrix XenApp 6.0 documentation, located on the Citrix web site.
  • Autodesk Revit 2012 installation and licensing guides.
Overview of Setup for Revit on a XenApp Server
The installation instructions that follow are intended as an overview only. You must read the installation documentation for detailed installation instructions.
  1. Install the Network Licensing Utilities on your network license server.
  2. Due to a defect in Windows Server 2008 R2 that is triggered when Citrix XenApp 6.0 is installed, a critical component for VSTA is skipped during the Revit installation procedure. Before installing Revit, use the following workaround to run a registry file switch. After Revit is installed, run the registry file undo.
    1. Download the registry files from the /Utilities/Citrix folder to your desktop or other location.
    2. Run VSTA-Fix.reg.
    3. Install Revit 2012.
    4. Run VSTA-Restore.reg.
  3. Run the installation setup program for Autodesk Revit 2012 (or a previously prepared deployment).
  4. In the Installation Wizard, for the License Type, select Network License. Select the appropriate license server model and name.
  5. Follow the steps in the Installation Wizard to complete the installation of Revit.
Publishing Revit 2012 to End Users
For end users to run Revit 2012, you must publish the application. For detailed instructions on publishing applications to end users, see the Citrix XenApp 6.0 documentation or the Citrix web site.
Best Practices

  • Citrix Profile Manager should be installed on both servers to prevent possible Windows user profile corruption. For the best Citrix farm performance, user profiles should be as small as possible.
  • Because it uses system resources, rendering works best when run on a dedicated client machine.
  • Upgrading project files consumes a lot of memory and can have an adverse effect on other users working on the same server. Users should upgrade project files on a separate machine running Revit before opening these files in a Citrix environment.
Known Issues

  • IFC: You may encounter a warning when writing IFC files. You can ignore this warning message.
  • Add-Ins and Extensions: GlobeLink for Autodesk 2012 and Autodesk Project Bluestreak are not supported on Citrix.



Rick Feineis April 12, 2011 at 7:17 PM  

Thank you so much for posting the details on running Revit 2012 with Citrix.

Best regards,

Rick Feineis

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