Articles by: Justin Williams

Justin Williams is a Data Management Applications Expert based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

How to re-enable automatic local vault refresh in SOLIDWORKS PDM

SOLIDWORKS PDM Refresh

If you’re using SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019, then you’ve likely noticed some changes to the local vault view.  As part of the performance improvements in 2019, the frequency that Windows Explorer completes a refresh has been reduced.  This behavior is most apparent with operations like a Copy/Move Tree, as previously after the move tree completed explorer…

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New Log Out Option in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 is more convenient

New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 SP2, we have an additional more convenient method to log out of and verify who we’re logged in as: We can access the icon from anywhere within the vault view, and log out via clicking and selecting ‘log out’; We can also verify who we’re logged in as by hovering…

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How to Permanently Delete a SOLIDWORKS PDM User

When a new SOLIDWORKS PDM User is created in the vault, the user is stored in both the database and the registry on the archive server.  When a user is deleted via the administration tool, the user is removed from the database, but still listed when adding new users because it exists in the registry…

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How to include SOLIDWORKS files in the SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Content Search

After enabling the content search in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, by default the Windows Search Service supports indexing the following files types: Microsoft Office files HTML files MIME messages Plain-text files We can include other file types by installing its corresponding third-party iFilter.  After a new iFilter is installed the archive must be reindexed to include…

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How to include PDF files in SOLIDWORKS PDM Content Search

After enabling the content search in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, by default the Windows Search Service supports indexing the following files types; Microsoft Office files HTML files MIME messages Plain-text files How to include PDF files in the PDM Content Search We can include other file types by installing its corresponding third-party iFilter.  After a new iFilter…

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How to enable Content Search in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional (Part 2)

In this article, we are going to look at how to enable the content search in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional using the Windows Search Service. The following is required: SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional version 2016 SP0 or newer The archive server service must be able to access the archive folders via locally attached or SAN storage. Network…

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How to enable Content Search in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional (Part 1)

In this article, we are going to look at how to enable the content search in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional using the Windows Search Service. This features requires: SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional version 2016 SP0 or newer The archive server service must be able to access the archive folders via locally attached or SAN storage. Network shares…

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How to Search All Variables within SOLIDWORKS PDM

SOLIDWORKS PDM Search

Ever have a scenario where you’re looking for a specific value but can’t remember which variable it’s stored in?  If you know where the value should be stored (for example part number), searching within SOLIDWORKS PDM is easy as we can search that specific variable and find what we’re looking for quickly, but as a…

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