Setting Up the Solidworks Workgroup PDM Viewer

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated May 10, 2013


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

From Windows Control Panel select Uninstall a Program.

Uninstall a program

Access the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager, by right clicking on SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM server and choosing Change.

Change WPDM Install


Select Modify and click on Next



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

install feature

Enter your SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Viewer license key and press Next

viewer licence


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

change license

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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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.