Articles by: Andrew Lidstone, CSWE

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

How To Manually Backup the SOLIDWORKS PDM Database

When troubleshooting SOLIDWORKS PDM issues, or when performing operations like software upgrades you may need to manually backup the SOLIDWORKS PDM Database outside of your normally scheduled Maintenance Plan. This backup can be run as a task within the Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio. Step…

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How to use the SOLIDWORKS PDM View Setup Tool

SOLIDWORKS PDM View Setup tool

Once the SOLIDWORKS PDM Client software is installed the next step is to setup the Vault View which give the user(s) access to the vault through Windows Explorer. The easiest way to do this is by using the SOLIDWORKS PDM View Setup tool.  It is…

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How to Avoid Locking Out the Microsoft SQL sa Account

Starting with Microsoft SQL 2005, the Password Policy and Password Lockout settings from the Windows Operating System (found by going to Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Local Security Policy > Account Policies) are automatically inherited by the sa account in SQL. This could lead…

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How to change the SOLIDWORKS PDM Client License Type

When installing the SOLIDWORKS PDM Client you can select from 3 different license types:  Editor, Contributor or Viewer.  It is very important to make sure that you select the correct license type for the PDM licenses that you own, otherwise you will receive an error…

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Resetting the SOLIDWORKS Windows Registry Entry

Longtime Windows users are likely familiar with the debilitating effects of even a single Windows Registry key becoming corrupted. SOLIDWORKS is by no means immune to such a situation. Perhaps you may have experienced some of these effects before. SOLIDWORKS showing only the splash screen and not…

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SOLIDWORKS Performance Test will help you select the right Workstation

Are you looking for a new SOLIDWORKS workstation?  You may have already reviewed the latest Hardware Recommendations available on our website, but you may still have several possible systems left to select from. Wouldn’t it be great if you could see actual, real world SOLIDWORKS…

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The Last Step to Update the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License Server

When updating SOLIDWORKS that has been installed using a floating, network license the latest version, many users will forget the very last step, re-activating the SolidNetWork License Manager Server. This needs to be done  so that the SolidNetWork License Manager Server can communicate with the…

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Limiting the Borrowing of SOLIDWORKS Network Licenses

The SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License (SNL) Manager can distribute licenses to client installations that are directly connected to it through a network, but it can also allow client installations to borrow a license for a period of time and disconnect from the network. However, administrators may…

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Moving The SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License (SNL) Manager

Moving SOLIDWORKS License Manager

When it comes time to migrate to new servers, moving the SolidNetwork License Manager Server for your SOLIDWORKS software can be a daunting to idea.  Dozens or even hundreds of users will be affected by the move. However, following these steps will help to ensure…

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