SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2017 Installation

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated March 20, 2017


SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional installation for the 2017 release is now carried out through the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager. The installation can be selected from the Installation Manager Welcome page, under Server products as shown in the figure below:

SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager

SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager

On the summary page click on Change to configure the PDM installation.

Change on Summary Page

Change on Summary Page

  • Choose the appropriate product. In this case PDM Professional.
  • Identify the installation location, or accept the default.
  • Choose which features to install. The archive and database  needs only to be installed once on a server(s), that can be accessed by the clients. The client feature needs to be installed on all clients. It can be helpful, to have a client installed on the server, for troubleshooting purposes relating to network permissions and connectivity.
  • For the SQL Server, choose whether to install a new instance, or use an existing instance. Please note, performance may be degraded if SQL is shared between multiple applications. A dedicated SQL instance should provide the best performance.
  • Enter the sa password that, will be used to access the SQL database.
  • Click on Back to Summary to continue with the installation
Server Options

Server Options

Click on Install Now to complete the installation.

Complete the installation

Complete the installation


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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.