Installing SOLIDWORKS 2016 Workgroup PDM Server

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated March 24, 2016


The SOLIDWORKS 2016 Workgroup PDM Server installation is included in the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager. The Installation Manager can be launched from your SOLIDWORKS Installation DVD or from a downloaded service pack.

Once the Installation Manager starts, on the Welcome Screen, you can select SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Server under Server Products.

SOLIDWORKS 2016 Workgroup PDM Server

SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager

Starting with SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM 2012, a Validation Code required in order to install the server. In the Installation Summary, beside “Validation Code required for installation”, click on Change.

validate code

Validate code


Enter you serial number and your e-mail and then click Get Code. If Validate Automatically fails, then try the e-mail option.

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Get code

Your Validation code will appear at the bottom of the screen. If you used the e-mail option, you would then enter the validation code, sent to you, in the text box.

Validation code

Click on Back to Summary and continue with the installation by selecting Install Now.

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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.