Here in South Africa the lead up to the builders holidays is usually quite busy for Architects, after which the lull over the Christmas holidays are a perfect time to upgrade to the next version of Revit. This is especially true for those that collaborate with consultants who are still on a previous version. Once the Architect upgrades there is no going back to a previous version (Revit is not backwards compatible).

Here are some things to keep in mind when installing standalone licenses:

  1. Archive all the projects and family content in the previous version.
  2. Make sure the latest Windows updates have been installed.
  3. Set Windows Account Control to its minimum setting.
  4. Turn off Anti-Virus.
  5. Each year a new serial number is issued for the product (install the same product on the machine as before).
  6. Install all the updates and keep up to date using the Autodesk Application Manager (accessible from the system tray). If there are many computers to update, download the updates to a server once and then let the other machines install them from the server instead. This capability is available in the Autodesk Application Manager settings.
  7. If the Building Design Suite is to be installed on multiple computers then copy the installation media to the local hard drive first (installs much faster). Windows does not cope well with long filenames, so to be sure the media copies to the hard drive, first copy it to the root directory and then move it to the required location. It may be deleted after installation.
  8. Install the License Transfer Utility if it is expected that the license will have to be ported from one machine to another from time to time.