When a user logs into a PDM vault online via SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2, many don’t realize there are potentially two different license types that can be chosen, either a Web license or a Viewer license. The options can be chosen by clicking on the box below the Vault name.
What’s the difference between the two PDM Web2 License types?
Web license: If there is either a SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional CAD Editor & Web, SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Contributor & Web or SOLIDWORKS PDM Processor Site License available, then a user can log into Web2 using the Web option. Using this login option will give users with appropriate permissions the ability to Check Out, Check In, Change State and Delete files.
Viewer license: If there is a SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Viewer or SOLIDWORKS PDM Processor Site License available, then a user can log into Web2 using the Viewer option. When the user logs in with this option, they will only have “read only” access to the vault. So no matter what permissions the user account may have, if the Viewer option is used, during that session they will not be able to make any changes in the vault.
Setting a default license type
In SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2019, it is now possible to change the default login type through the Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager. Open the IIS Manager and go to the ‘SOLIDWORKSPDM’ site. Double click on ‘Application Settings’ to edit the settings for the Web2 interface.
Go to the DefaultLicenseType setting. By default it’s value is set to “Web”, meaning that users will have to click on the drop list and select Viewer if they want to log in using that type of license instead of a Web license. By changing this vault to “Viewer”, then the login type will be Viewer, unless the users click on the drop list and select Web instead.
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