What are the options for duplicate file names in a SOLIDWORKS PDM vault?

Article by Justin Williams created/updated September 11, 2017

SOLIDWORKS PDM Duplicate file name can be a problem, but there are a few options for handling duplicates, all of which are accessible via:

  • Administration Tool > [Vault Name] > File Types > [Right-Click] > ‘Duplicate file name settings’
SOLIDWORKS PDM Duplicate File Name Settings

SOLIDWORKS PDM Duplicate File Name Settings

Lets take a closer look at each option…

Allow duplicate file names in this file vault

This is a free-for-all…no limitations.  The vault can have duplicate filenames of any file type as long (as they’re not within the same a folder).

Allow duplicate file names

Allow duplicate file names

Do not allow duplicate file names in this file vault

Lock down.  This prevents any duplicate filenames for any file regardless of extension.  For example users will be prevented from creating and checking in both lightbulb.sldprt and lightbulb.slddrw

Do not allow duplicate file names

Do not allow duplicate file names

Do not allow duplicate file names of files with these extensions

This prevents users from creating and checking in duplicate filenames for specific extensions.  Note; The extensions must be defined one per line and without any prefixes.

Do not allow duplicate file names with these extensions

Do not allow duplicate file names with these extensions

For example with the above entries, users will be blocked from having lightbulb.sldasm or lightbulb.slddrw in two places anywhere in the vault (no limitations on .sldprt).

SOLIDWORKS PDM Duplicate file name alternative solution

An alternative solution is to block files from being checked in unless the file name is unique via groups:

  • Administration Tool > Groups > [Group Name] > Warnings
    • Affected Operation = Check In
      • Check ‘File name is not unique’
Block files from being checked in unless the file name is unique via groups

Block files from being checked in unless the file name is unique via groups

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