Articles by: Andrew Lidstone, CSWE

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

How SOLIDWORKS PDM Processor Site Licenses & Client Access Licenses work together

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional license are available in two basic formats, Processor Site Licenses (PSL), and individual Client Access Licenses (CAL). Client Access Licenses are available as a single CAD Editor, single Contributor license or in 5 packs of Viewer licenses.  The client installation must match the CAL license version that is available on the SolidNetWork…
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Enabling the Windows Status Bar in SOLIDWORKS PDM

Every so often we’ll get a question from a SOLIDWORKS PDM user about the Windows Status Bar. The Status Bar can provide a lot of useful information for Windows Users, such as the number of files in a folder, number of items selected and the total file size of the selected items. However the Status…
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SOLIDWORKS PDM Task Host Automatic Login

When users launch Tasks in SOLIDWORKS PDM, instead of having the Task run on their local computer, it can be sent to a dedicated SOLIDWORKS PDM Task Host. For the Task Host to be able to process tasks it must be logged into the Vault.  If the dedicated Task Host system is an unattended system,…
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Why can’t I add Check In Comments to SOLIDWORKS PDM?

When performing certain actions in the vault, such as transitioning a file, or checking a file in, you can add comments to provide context for this action in the file’s history.  In fact depending on the settings enabled by the Administrator you may be required to add comments during these actions. However, sometimes when you…
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Why is my SOLIDWORKS Network License not being returned to the SNL Server?

If you are using a network license for any SOLIDWORKS product (e.g. SOLIDWORKS CAD, SOLIDWORKS Visualize, SOLIDWORKS Composer etc.), once you close the program [or sign out of SOLIDWORKS PDM], then the license that was in use on your system should immediately be returned to the SNL Server so that another user can access that license. SOLIDWORKS…
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What is the SOLIDWORKS PDM Message: ‘Enter a valid account for this resource’?

SOLIDWORKS PDM Login
When using the View Setup utility to create a local vault view, the first thing you will be asked to do is select the name of the PDM Archive Server hosting the vault you want to attach to.  When you check the box beside that server name though, you MAY encounter a security screen asking…
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Setting SOLIDWORKS PDM Microsoft SQL Server to use a Static Port

Microsoft SQL Server Static Port
For users to be able to log into SOLIDWORKS PDM they must be able to connect to the Microsoft SQL Server that is hosting the database. By default Microsoft SQL Server Standard will communicate on port number 1433, so generally all that might be needed is to add a firewall exception for that port number…
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Showing the ‘Last Saved With’ file property in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018

Previously, SOLIDWORKS introduced functionality which automatically created a file property which showed the version of SOLIDWORKS that the file was last saved with. Now with SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018, we can easily take advantage of the SOLIDWORKS Last Saved With file property to display that information in the PDM interface. Once the vault is upgraded to SOLIDWORKS…
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