How to troubleshoot SOLIDWORKS PDM with an Extended Ping Test

Article by Justin Williams updated December 3, 2020

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When troubleshooting problems within SOLIDWORKS PDM, especially performance issues, it’s important to ensure the client has a strong connection to the server components.  Often, tech support will request an extended ping test, to look for issues.

How to complete an extended ping test with log

In Windows 10

  • Start button > RMB > Run
    • CMD
Run CMD

Run CMD

  • Ping <Database/Archive Server Name> -t -l 1500 >C:\temp\Pingtest.txt
Ping Test Command Prompt

Ping Test Command Prompt

  • Let it run for a few minutes, then stop the test by pressing CTRL-C.

The command will be completed, and a log file generated on the C-Drive;

SOLIDWORKS PDM Ping Test Log File

SOLIDWORKS PDM Ping Test Log File

This can then be sent to tech support for further analysis.

Additional Notes

  • The above test is using an increased packet size of 1500, this improves the quality of the test to a size more comparable with PDM communications.
  • Any listings of ‘Request timed out’ or dropped packets would indicate an issue.
  • If multiple tests are required (network communication can vary) editing the command from ‘>’ to ‘>>’ will append the existing log, rather than replacing it, so multiple tests can be captured within the one log. 
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Justin Williams is a Data Management Applications Expert based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.