OK, there is a multitude of information on various industry blogs regarding Vault. Yes, it’s new. Yes, it works. Yes, it’s different. Yes, there are things that you should really be aware of.
Most people are thinking that Vault is a large-scale application for large user bases. It can be, but I’m here to emphasize that it can be used for small companies, even those rare “one person” shops. Yes, data management is just as important to one person as it is to a 100 person team. Here’s my method, and how well it works for me.
I’ve installed the Vault server on my laptop (localhost in your setup). I also have the client on my laptop. Now, when I work on a large scale project (a subdivision, for example) I use the Vault for the project functionality. For example, I’ll create a project and then create a drawing to start off that project. As I create data that can be broken out into other drawings, I add that data to my project. Now, I can create multiple drawings for my project, which REALLY speeds up the performance of my projects. It’s a little different, but once you get used to it, it’s almost a transparent way of working.
If you’d like more information on getting Vault set up, please email me. I consider it a very important pard of a Civil 3D Implementation, and would love to work with you on it.