After updating your SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional vault to a newer major release you may receive a message similar to this: The database of this vault has not been upgraded. Please run the database upgrade tool.
Unfortunately the message does not mention where this Database Upgrade Tool is located and it can be difficult to find this topic in the various guides and in SOLIDWORKS PDM Help.
This file is located in the SOLIDWORKS PDM installation directory under the Upgrade sub-folder. The actual file name is Upgrade.exe. Double click the executable to launch the SOLIDWORKS PDM Database Upgrade Tool.
You will receive a warning that this tool is intended for administrators.
After clicking on “Yes”, you will be presented with a screen that lists the steps that should be followed prior to the upgrade.
If all of the steps have been completed click on next and confirm the SQL-Server hosting PDM
Click next, enter your sa password and click on Log In
You will be presented with a list of your vaults and whether they need upgrading; select all of vaults that are to be upgraded and click on next.
Click on next on the following screen to begin the upgrade.
At the end of the upgrade you will be provided with a log of the upgrade.
Click on Finish to complete the upgrade and close the SOLIDWORKS PDM Database Upgrade Tool.