Installing SOLIDWORKS 2017 Workgroup PDM Server

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated March 22, 2017


Installing SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Server for the 2017 release is included in the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager. The Installation Manager can be launched from your SOLIDWORKS Installation DVD or from a downloaded service pack.

NOTE: SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard replaces SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM, which is set to be discontinued in the 2018 release. SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard is included with SOLIDWORKS 2016 and 2017 Professional and Premium licenses.

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

Welcome screen for SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager

Welcome screen for SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager

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

SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Server validation code

SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Server validation code


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

Get the validation code

Get the validation 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.