Rebuilding Workgroup PDM Vault Metadata

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated May 9, 2013


Start up time of the vault can be improved by running the Rebuild Vault option once or twice a month on the system where the vault was created.

Before rebuilding a vault, create a backup or ensure that your regularly scheduled backup is up to date.

You should also run the Rebuild Vault option before migrating Workgroup PDM vault data to Enterprise PDM or exporting from a Workgroup PDM vault.

Please note that Rebuild Vault can take a long time on large vaults

To rebuild the vault:

1. Log in to the Workgroup PDM VaultAdmin

2. On the Vault Settings tab, under Vault Lock, click Locked to lock all users out of the



3. Under the Vault Management tab Click Rebuild Now.

rebuild now

4. In the Repair options dialog box, select rebuild options and click OK.

5. When warned that the vault will be shutdown, click Yes.

shutdown vault

After the vault has been rebuilt you will be asked to log back into the Workgroup PDM VaultAdmin  and warned that the vault has been left locked and should be unlocked for all users.

warning vault locked

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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.