Setting Up the Solidworks Workgroup PDM Viewer

UPDATED May 1, 2015

A license of SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Advanced Server is required for use of the Solidworks Workgroup PDM Viewer. The SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Advanced Server is not included with Solidworks Basic Professional or Premium and must be purchased separately. Once SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Advanced Server has been purchased, there are a number of steps that must be completed in order to allow access to the Viewer.

The first component that must be installed is Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS):

  • Form the Windows Control Panel select Uninstall Program Get Programs



  • Select Turn Windows features on or off

Windows Features


  • Under Internet Information Services Enable:

Web Management Tools- IIS Management Console

World Wide Web Services: Application Development Features- .NET Extensibility, ASP.NET, CGI, ISAPI Extensions and ISAPI Filters



Please refer Microsoft documentation for further IIS installation instructions.


Next the Solidworks Workgroup PDM Viewer needs to be installed


  • Either modify the existing Solidworks Workgroup PDM Server installation from Uninstall Program Get Programs, or launch the Installation Manager from an installation disk or downloaded media.

WPDM Change license WPDM Change-viewer



  • Select Modify and click on Next 

WPDM Modify



  •  Set Solidworks Workgroup PDM Viewer License and Solidworks Workgroup PDM Viewer to This Feature will be installed on you local hard drive and click on Next

WPDM install viewer


  • Enter your SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Viewer license key and press Next

WPDM viewer key



  • Start the Workgroup VaultAdmin and, from the vault settings tab, click on Change.

WPDM Rebuld

  • Enter the license key

WPDM Activate viewer


  • Once the installation is complete and the viewer has been activated, users can access the Workgroup PDM Viewer by typing the URL http://ViewerComputerName/pdmweb/ into the address field of Internet Explorer
  • To access the vault, the user will be required to enter their Workgroup PDM user name and password.



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