SOLIDWORKS PDM Failed to Make Backup?!

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated March 13, 2019


If there is a mismatch in the Back-up settings of the SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server Configuration application, the message ‘Failed to Make Backup!’, will appear in the Archive Server log. If the error message is opened from the Archive Server log, the below description will be displayed.

Date: 2018-05-18 09:07:02.000
Module: ArchiveServerService
Function: MainClass::muiBackupProc
Code Description: An invalid argument was given to the method.
Failed to make backup!

The Back-up that is failing is that of the PDM settings. These are the settings found in SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration. To correct this issue, launch the Archive Server application and choose Back-up Settings from the Tools pull-down.

Failed to Make Backup

Launching Back-up Settings

Then reset the password and make sure that the backup location is a valid.

Back-up Settings

Read our article on using the SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server Configuration application for more information

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Joe Medeiros, CSWE

Joe Medeiros is a SOLIDWORKS and PDM Certified Expert. He has been helping SOLIDWORKS users with training, mentoring and implementations since 1998. He combines industry experience with a thorough understanding of SOLIDWORKS products to assist customers in being successful. He shares his experience and expertise through blogs; one of which has been incorporated into the SOLIDWORKS Essentials training manual.