Articles by: Andrew Lidstone, CSWE

Andrew is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and is based in our Dartmouth, Nova Scotia office.

Controlling the License Timeout in DraftSight Enterprise

When managing network licenses of SOLIDWORKS software, you may want to ensure that a license is returned to the pool after a user has been idle for a certain amount of time. By default, for most SOLIDWORKS software the license will be returned once a…

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Microsoft SQL Licensing for SOLIDWORKS PDM FAQs

SOLIDWORKS Microsoft SQL

SOLIDWORKS PDM, SOLIDWORKS Manage and SOLIDWORKS Electrical software all rely on databases hosted by Microsoft SQL Server software to operate. The Microsoft SQL Server software is licensed separately from your SOLIDWORKS software, so it is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct licensing…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2021 System Recommendations

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2021 System Requirements

Here is an overview of our current recommended SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2021 system specifications and requirements. While the following recommendations are intended as a general overview for most SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional vaults, determining proper server and client hardware is one of the first steps that…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Upgrade Checklist

SOLIDWORKS PDM Upgrade Checklist

NOTE: Upgrading PDM carries some risk. It’s your company’s IP contained in your vault. Javelin can perform your upgrade for you to ensure it’s done right with minimal down time and risk of data loss. Contact your Javelin sales account manager for a quote. If…

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How to access SolidPractices SOLIDWORKS Guides through MySolidWorks

SOLIDWORKS users with an active software subscription now have access to a powerful library of SolidPractices best practice documents available through their my.solidworks.com account. There are currently over two dozen SolidPractices Guides available for download in the Support section of MySolidWorks.  These guides have been…

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Installing SOLIDWORKS without the Toolbox Data

Starting with SOLIDWORKS 2020, when deploying SOLIDWORKS using an Administrative Image, you can choose not to install the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox data files. This is useful if your SOLIDWORKS Toolbox is located in a central location such as the SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault or network drive.  Previously,…

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Customizing the SOLIDWORKS Taskpane Tabs

SOLIDWORKS Taskpane Tabs

The SOLIDWORKS Taskpane provides access to a number of powerful tools, including SOLIDWORKS Toolbox, Custom Properties, the SOLIDWORKS PDM Add In (if installed) and the 3DEXPERIENCE connector. Starting with SOLIDWORKS 2019, this area of the user interface can be easily customized by either right clicking…

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Using SOLIDWORKS PDM Remotely

Using SOLIDWORKS PDM remotely

This using SOLIDWORKS PDM remotely article is part of a series aimed at helping you to continue working during the impacts caused by COVID-19. For more information related to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software licensing options during this time, please see the comprehensive article from my…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2020 Server Hardware Recommendations

SOLIDWORKS PDM Hardware

Article co-authored by Samir Lohmann on Here is an overview of our current recommended SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2020 Server hardware recommendations. While the following recommendations are intended as a general overview for most SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional vaults, determining proper server and client hardware is one…

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