EPDM – Safely Deleting and Recreating a Local Vault View

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated June 13, 2011

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Safely Deleting and Recreating a Local Vault View

If there are no checked out files or if all files can be checked in, the process is pretty simple.

  1. Log into that system as an administrator (preferably as admin).
  2. Check in all files currently checked out or perform an undo check-out on these files.
  3. Delete the local view (right-click on the vault view in Windows Explorer), choosing the option to delete the cached files and folders.
  4. Create the new vault view.

 

The problem occurs when files cannot be checked in and an undo check-out fails. In this situation,

  1. Log into that system as an administrator (preferably as admin)
  2. Check in what files you can and clear the local cache (Undo check-out will sometimes work when check-in fails).
  3. Delete the local view choosing the option to leave the local contents.
  4. Find the folder that was left behind and rename it. This is important if you want to create a new vault view with the same name as the old vault view. In some case you may have to reboot the computer before rename this folder.
  5. Create the new vault view.
  6. Check out the files that are in the folder created in step 3.
  7. Copy the contents of the folder created in step 3 and overwrite the files checked-out in step 6.
  8. Check in the files
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Joe Medeiros, CSWE

Joe Medeiros is a SOLIDWORKS and PDM Certified Expert. He has been helping SOLIDWORKS users with training, mentoring and implementations since 1998. He combines industry experience with a thorough understanding of SOLIDWORKS products to assist customers in being successful. He shares his experience and expertise through blogs; one of which has been incorporated into the SOLIDWORKS Essentials training manual.