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.
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.
Enter you serial number and your e-mail and then click Get Code. If Validate Automatically fails, then try the e-mail option.
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.
Click on Back to Summary and continue with the installation by selecting Install Now.