Manually Setting The SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server Folder Locations

Article by Andrew Lidstone, CSWE, last updated on December 4, 2017

Generally it’s best practice to use the SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server Configuration utility to relocate the PDM Archive folders, however there may be times (perhaps during a server migration or after a restore due to a system failure) where you might need to be able to specify the Archive Folder locations manually.

This is actually fairly easily done, the archive folder path information is stored directly in the Windows Registry.

To set the SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server Folder Location:

Step 1:  Launch Services (type services.msc into the Windows Start Menu search) and ensure that the Archive Server Service is stopped.

Stop SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server

Stop SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server

Step 2:  Launch the Windows Registry Editor and go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SolidWorks\Applications\PDMWorks
Enterprise\ArchiveServer\Vaults\[vaultname]\ArchiveTable.  There will be 16 entries, one for each of the archive server folders.  Modify EACH registry key to point to the correct folder location.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server Folder

Registry Editor

Step 3:  Go back to Services and “Start” the SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server service.

Start SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server

Start the SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server

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Andrew Lidstone, CSWE

Andrew is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and is based in our Dartmouth, Nova Scotia office.

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