SOLIDWORKS PDM Task Host Automatic Login

Article by Andrew Lidstone, CSWE updated August 7, 2018


When users launch Tasks in SOLIDWORKS PDM, instead of having the Task run on their local computer, it can be sent to a dedicated SOLIDWORKS PDM Task Host.

For the Task Host to be able to process tasks it must be logged into the Vault.  If the dedicated Task Host system is an unattended system, perhaps located in a server room, a reboot could cause an interruption in Tasks being processed.

Setup the SOLIDWORKS PDM Task Host

To set up the SOLIDWORKS PDM Task Host to log in automatically after a Windows reboot do the following:

Step 1:  Launch the PDM Administration tool and expand Local Settings and double click “Settings”:



Step 2:  On the “Automatic Login” page, select the vault name in the drop list and Check “Use automatic login for this vault”.  Select “Login as the following user” and input the login credentials for the User account that you will use for running the task.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Task Host Settings

Local Settings

Step 3:  Create a shortcut for the vault view in the Windows Start Up folder:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp

WARNING:  Using Automatic Login with the “admin” account will allow full access to all files in the vault on the Task Host, this may be a concern if the system is not located in a secure place, such as a locked server room.

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Andrew Lidstone, CSWE

Andrew Lidstone is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Application Engineer specializing in Data Management systems. He has been working in the SOLIDWORKS reseller channel since 2010 helping clients get the most from their CAD tools.