Articles by: 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.

How to filter the Windows Event Viewer Logs to help resolve problems

I won’t lie, this article is a bit self-serving as I hope it will be used to shrink the amount of information I have to review when I’m helping customers, but learning how to filter information in Windows Event Viewer logs will be helpful if…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Failed to Create Local View Registry Error

SOLIDWORKS PDM Local View Error

This article is geared towards troubleshooting a particular error when creating a SOLIDWORKS PDM Local View. The steps outlined in this article can be applied to other scenarios, where creating a Local View has failed. For this particular scenario, examining the PDM User Log, after…

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Check In your SOLIDWORKS PDM local Private State Files so you don’t lose work!

SOLIDWORKS PDM Private State Files

This article is more of a cautionary tale than a technical document. Increasingly I’m seeing customers lose SOLIDWORKS PDM data because of not checking in Private State files. What are Private State Files? According to the SOLIDWORKS PDM Help, “Private State files are files that…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Error: “Could not copy the file. Cause: The file could not be found.”

SOLIDWORKS PDM Error

This article is part of a series for troubleshooting common, and perhaps not so common, SOLIDWORKS PDM error messages. The error message “Could not copy the file. Cause: The file could not be found.”, can occur when a user launches a SOLIDWORKS PDM Template that…

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Why did my SOLIDWORKS PDM Task Fail?

SOLIDWORKS PDM Task Fail

A SOLIDWORKS PDM Task automates the conversion of SOLIDWORKS files to other file formats, such as PDFs. A PDM Task opens a SOLIDWORKS file, in SOLIDWORKS, and then performs a Save As operation. Occasionally a SOLIDWORKS PDM Task can fail! Reasons for a SOLIDWORKS PDM…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Error: “Could not create folder. Cause: The file/key name was invalid.”

Could not create folder. Cause: The file/key name was invalid

This article is part of a series for troubleshooting common, and perhaps not so common, SOLIDWORKS PDM error messages. SOLIDWORKS PDM ERROR: “Could not create folder. Cause: The file/key name was invalid.” This reported error can occur when executing a SOLIDWORKS PDM Template. The error…

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Managing Multiple Workflows and Categories in SOLIDWORKS PDM

As the number and complexity of SOLIDWORKS PDM Workflows increases, the tools and strategies to test and troubleshoot workflow becomes increasingly important. In this article, I will look at tools and strategies to deal with multiple and complex workflows: SOLIDWORKS PDM Sandbox Vaults The first…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Resource Monitor GDI Handles Warning

SOLIDWORKS PDM GDI Handles

After installing SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019, or a later version, you may receive a SOLIDWORKS PDM Resource Monitor Warning that the available GDI handles are critically low for Explorer.exe, as shown in the figure below: What are GDI Handles? GDI stands for Graphical Device Interface and…

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Alternative Method to Move SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License

Move SOLIDWORKS license

For the most part, moving the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License can be performed, as explained in my colleague’s article, Moving The SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License (SNL) Manager. But in some cases, Windows user permissions can cause issues. Many of these issues can be addressed by logging into…

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