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BIMcloud Server Migration Planning

AaronR
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I'm new to ArchiCAD and BIMCloud but am supporting a client with 11 users who are using it. I have a few questions as we retire an old BIMcloud server and move to a windows server that will host BimCloud and file server.

 

Current Host: 

Current BIM server is a 2018 Mac mini running 2 instances of BIMCloud (?1 basic and one standard?) on the same server over different ports. File storage is on a different host and will be consolidated. Users have ArchiCad 22 and 24. More details of this are at the end. 

 

1. Storage quality.

It appears all of the storage  is held in /Applications/GRAPHISOFT/BIMcloud. I'm assuming this is standard. Does BimCloud store data anywhere else? If not it appears we have ~360GB of data stored in 2 different bimcloud folders.

 

bimadmin@BIMServer2 ~ % du -hd1 /Applications/GRAPHISOFT                                                                                                     

192G /Applications/GRAPHISOFT/BIMcloud

167G /Applications/GRAPHISOFT/BIMcloudAC22

 

2. Storage Quality

We were planning on a 5 disk RAID-5 in the server. It seems disk IO is a critical part to performance and SSD storage is recommended. Would options 2 or 3 (below) be acceptable? Dell SSDs in servers are rather expensive. If a RAID5 or RAID10 it would likely be used for Non BIM file storage. While not a high load something to consider.

 

  • Option1: 1TB SSD SATA RAID1 (2x1TB) (separate volume from general file server storage) 
  • Option2: 8TB RAID10 (4x2TB 7.2K SATA/SAS. Shared with file server storage)
  • Option3: 8TB RAID5 (5x2TB 7.2K SATA/SAS. Shared with file server storage)

 

3. RAM requirements

Currently both BIMcloud versions are hosted on the same Mac. If we're doing this do we need RAM for both instances of BIMcloud or just one? Would it be enough to use a Hyper-V host with 32GB of ram, dedicating 16 to 24GB to use for the BIMcloud VM?

 

Server Versions

This is probably a better separate question. I'd love to better understand what's where and how to more precisely determine which BIMCloud server is pointing to which files as we migrate. It appears there’s more than one folder in some of the BIM folders in 2 categories: Server and Manager. I have some output below form the various folders and would love to understand what’s important and what might not be critical. 

 

bimadmin@BIMServer2 ~ % du -hd1 /Applications/GRAPHISOFT                                
192G /Applications/GRAPHISOFT/BIMcloud
167G /Applications/GRAPHISOFT/BIMcloudAC22
359G /Applications/GRAPHISOFT

bimadmin@BIMServer2 ~ % du -hd1 /Applications/GRAPHISOFT/BIMcloud 
185G /Applications/GRAPHISOFT/BIMcloud/Server-2021-05-17
1.5G /Applications/GRAPHISOFT/BIMcloud/Manager-2022-03-31
1.8G /Applications/GRAPHISOFT/BIMcloud/Manager-2021-05-17
2.3G /Applications/GRAPHISOFT/BIMcloud/Server-2022-03-31
 39M /Applications/GRAPHISOFT/BIMcloud/Uninstall
1.3G /Applications/GRAPHISOFT/BIMcloud/Manager-2020-03-03
192G /Applications/GRAPHISOFT/BIMcloud

bimadmin@BIMServer2 Server-2021-05-17 % cat ProductVersion.xml
<productversion>
  <buildnumber>1902</buildnumber>
  <codename>BIMcloud</codename>
  <versionstring>25.0.184</versionstring>
  <shortversionstring>25</shortversionstring>
  <platform>MAC64</platform>
  <gslanguage>INT</gslanguage>
  <gsprodtype>FULL</gsprodtype>
  <prefspostfix>BIMcloud 25.0.184.1902</prefspostfix>
</productversion>

bimadmin@BIMServer2 Server-2022-03-31 % cat ProductVersion.xml
<productversion>
  <buildnumber>3000</buildnumber>
  <codename>BIMcloud</codename>
  <versionstring>26.0.222</versionstring>
  <shortversionstring>26</shortversionstring>
  <platform>MAC64</platform>
  <gslanguage>INT</gslanguage>
  <gsprodtype>FULL</gsprodtype>
  <prefspostfix>BIMcloud 26.0.222.3000</prefspostfix>
</productversion>

bimadmin@BIMServer2 ~ % du -hd1 /Applications/GRAPHISOFT/BIMcloudAC22
8.2M /Applications/GRAPHISOFT/BIMcloudAC22/Uninstall
167G /Applications/GRAPHISOFT/BIMcloudAC22/Server-2020-03-03
167G /Applications/GRAPHISOFT/BIMcloudAC22

bimadmin@BIMServer2 Server-2020-03-03 % cat ProductVersion.xml 
<productversion>
  <buildnumber>1109</buildnumber>
  <codename>BIMcloud</codename>
  <versionstring>23.0.2504</versionstring>
  <shortversionstring>23</shortversionstring>
  <platform>MAC64</platform>
  <gslanguage>INT</gslanguage>
  <gsprodtype>FULL</gsprodtype>
  <prefspostfix>BIMcloud 23.0.2504.1109</prefspostfix>
</productversion>
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