Articles by: Justin Williams

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

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 Enhanced User Comment Permissions

SOLIDWORKS PDM User Comment Permissions

New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 with the enhanced user comment permissions; we have the ability to make version comments mandatory for a check in at specific states or at specific transitions of a state change.  Previously; this permission was an ‘all or nothing approach’ via the administrative permissions for transitions and version comments which applied to…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 Logged in as User Default Value in Search Cards

SOLIDWORKS PDM User Default Value

SOLIDWORKS PDM User Default Value is new in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019, whereby we can automatically define the logged in user as the default value within a Search Card. How to define the logged in user as the default value for the search card variable Checked Out by User Administration Tool > Cards > Search Cards…

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How to reset a vault specific SOLIDWORKS PDM Admin Password

In a previous post I showed you how to reset the ‘default’ SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault Admin Password. If you’ve ever had the chance to participate in one of my administering SOLIDWORKS PDM training class, you’ve likely heard my rant lecture on the benefits of a sandbox vault. A Sandbox Vault gives us a place to test and troubleshoot…

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How to reset the default SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault Admin password

During the install of the SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server, you’re prompted to ‘Set the default admin login password’: Then when creating a new vault, you’re provided options to either set the default password or create a new ‘specific’ SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault Admin Password: If (like in the above screenshot) you opt to create a SOLIDWORKS…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Permission Assignments Tool

If you’ve had the honor of being named the local vault administrator then it’s extremely likely that someone has approached you regarding their SOLIDWORKS PDM Permission Assignments: “I need to be able to <Fill in the blank>, but I can’t.  <Random Name> can, but I’m not allowed.  Why is life so unfair?” Previously as a…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Error: ‘Failed to extract add-in’

If you’ve recently upgraded to Windows 10 and you’ve received a SOLIDWORKS PDM error: ‘Failed to extract add-in…’ you’re not alone.  This can be caused by the SOLIDWORKS PDM add-in being built with .NET Framework 3.5 and Windows 10 only has .NET Framework 4.5 enabled by default. How to manually enable .NET Framework 3.5 Start > Programs…

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How to create a SOLIDWORKS PDM folder shortcut in Windows 10

A desktop folder shortcut is a useful tool to quickly navigate to a folder you’re frequenting in SOLIDWORKS PDM. How to create a folder shortcut to a vault folder in Windows 10 Navigate into the folder you’d like to create a shortcut to Select the entire folder path then; right-click > Copy Go back to your…

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