on 2020-04-2801:45 AM - edited on 2021-11-1005:56 AM by Noemi Balogh
Graphisoft is continuously testing the latest releases of Windows Server editions. We have found Windows Server 2016 and 2019 to be compatible with our current products. Any known issues found so far and to be found in the future will be published under the Known Issues section below.
Compatibility notes to Graphisoft products on Windows Server Editions
Please note that Archicad and BIMcloud compatibility follows the official schedule released by Microsoft. Our products are supported for those Windows versions which has the mainstream support by Microsoft.
Windows Server Channels, Editions
Windows Server 2019 (Long-Term Servicing Channel)
Mainstream support end date: 9th of January, 2024:
Graphisoft supports the Windows Server 2019 (LTSC) and Windows Server (SAC) editions.
Windows Server, version 1909 (Semi Annual-Channel)
Windows Server, version 1809 (Semi Annual-Channel)
Windows Server 2016 (Long-Term Servicing Channel)
Mainstream support end date: 11th of January, 2022
Graphisoft supports the Windows Server 2016 (LTSC) and Windows Server (SAC) editions.
Windows Server, version 1803 (Semi Annual-Channel)
Windows Server, version 1709 (Semi Annual-Channel)
BIMcloud (update) installation can be blocked by Windows Server Manager. In order to install Graphisoft server products, please close Windows Server Manager in advance.
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