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.

Specifying a New License Manager Server Location for SOLIDWORKS PDM

License Manager Server

When server components are moved, in particular, the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License Manager, the path to the new location may need to be defined. This is done from the SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration.  To do this, double-click the License node to open it. In the server list,…

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Using SOLIDWORKS with Microsoft Office 365

DS SOLIDWORKS does not officially support the use of Microsoft Office 365 and similar outsourced mail servers. SOLIDWORKS does provide a Knowledgeable article that offers a possible workaround. This article contains a link to a utility for creating a E-MailRelay , as well as a…

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Setting Up a SOLIDWORKS PDM Test Environment for a New Major Release

When there is a new release of SOLIDWORKS PDM, it is wise to first test the upgrade so that you can identify and address any problems, before updating your production vault. SOLIDWORKS PDM uses the SolidNetWork License Manager (SNL) and this needs to first be…

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Creating a Story for 3DEXPERIENCE Dashboards

3DEXPERIENCE Story

Stories facilitate navigating a 3DEXPERIENCE Dashboard by providing a description for a dashboard, tab and widget. You can add a story to provide the users of your dashboard a quick overview of its content. The Dashboard creator/editor decides where to add a Story and the…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Custom Revision Table Columns

SOLIDWORKS PDM Custom Revision Table

This article builds on an excellent one posted by my colleague Justin Williams. In his article, Justin explained how to link SOLIDWORKS PDM variables to a SOLIDWORKS revision table. In this article, I will look at how to add additional columns to a SOLIDWORKS Revision…

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3DEXPERIENCE Platform Dashboard

3DEXPERIENCE Platform Dashboard

Dashboards are the interface that users interact with when accessing the 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS Platform. The Dashboard is populated with Widgets that allow access to apps and links. Dashboards can be associated with a Role or custom created. All Dashboards contain the same common elements. These…

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The 3DEXPERIENCE Compass

3DEXPERIENCE Compass

The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform is Dassault Systèmes foray into cloud-based collaborative design, and the gateway to the platform is the 3DEXPERIENCE Compass. The Compass consists of four quadrants, each containing a variety of Apps, Links and Online Resources.   The North point of the Compass is…

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Sizing the Microsoft SQL Primary Data (mdf) and Transaction Log (ldf) files

A Microsoft SQL database consists a primary data file (mdf) a secondary data file (ndf) and a transaction log file (ldf). For this article, we will concern ourselves with the mdf and ldf files. MDF stands for Main Database File and contains all the information…

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Could not add a Vault to the SOLIDWORKS PDM master database?

SOLIDWORKS PDM Administrative Image

You’ve had to reinstall Microsoft SQL on the same server. The installation of Microsoft SQL and SOLIDWORKS PDM went off seamlessly, but when you try to create a vault you receive this error message: “Could not add vault ‘[VaultName]’ to the SOLIDWORKS PDM master database…

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