SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2 Login Type Options

Article by Andrew Lidstone, CSWE updated January 23, 2019

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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.

Logging into a SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault Online

Logging into a SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault Online

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.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Web License

SOLIDWORKS PDM Web License

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.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2 Viewer License

SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2 Viewer License

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.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Application Settings

SOLIDWORKS PDM Application Settings

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.

DefaultLicenseType setting

DefaultLicenseType setting

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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.