Articles by: Nadeem Akhtar

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Client Installation

The SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard installation consists of three components, SQL Express, PDM Server and the SOLIDWORKS PDM Clients. In this post we will cover a SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Client Installation. The SQL Express and PDM Server installation were covered in a previous post. Installing the PDM Client PDM is installed using the same Installation Manager that…

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SOLIDWORKS Toolbox in a SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault – Unable to backup destination database

Unable to backup destination database

When using the UpdateBrowserDatabase.exe utility to update SOLIDWORKS Toolbox in SOLIDWORKS PDM vault manually, you may receive the error “Unable to backup destination database” as shown below: The unable to backup destination database error occurs if the UpdateBrowserDatabase utility cannot delete the swbrowser.sldedbold backup file. When the UpdateBrowserDatabase utility runs an update, it removes the swbrowser.sldedbold…

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How to fix a SOLIDWORKS Manage Can not Authenticate Error

During the process of restoring a SOLIDWORKS Manage database, you could receive the error “Could not Authenticate!” if you try to test the Sites Properties. Reason for this error The reason for this error is an incomplete procedure for restoring the SOLIDWORKS Manage database and this can cause a miss authentication on the File Server.…

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How to Reset the SOLIDWORKS Registry Entries

In SOLIDWORKS you can make wide array of customization to your user settings and also the user interface. It can be hard to keep track of these changes if you are editing them on a daily basis like I do. Also, we all know that system updates have been known to damage registry files that…

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How do I move files from one SOLIDWORKS PDM workflow to another?

A question I often come across while on tech support is: How do I move files from one SOLIDWORKS PDM workflow to another? When a new SOLIDWORKS PDM workflow has been created and additional logic and transitions or states added. There is a need to move many existing files over to the new workflow, the…

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How to set default values generation for new sheets in a SOLIDWORKS PDM Drawing

New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019, when you add new sheets to a checked-out SOLIDWORKS drawing file, SOLIDWORKS PDM generates default values for the newly added sheets and updates the values in the drawing data card. Previously, you had to manually update the values of mandatory variables in the drawing data card before check-in. NOTE: You…

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How to Show Preview Tabs in the SOLIDWORKS PDM Local Vault View

SOLIDWORKS PDM Show Preview Tabs

In SOLIDWORKS PDM Local Vault View, there is an option to select/deselect the Show preview tabs to get more information about the files/folders in the PDM Vault. Preview tabs can be turned on by right-clicking in the window and select View > Show preview tabs. With the show preview tabs selected, you are able to toggle between…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Web Portal Error “Failed to check proxy settings”

Why do I receive error “Failed to check proxy settings” when logging in to SOLIDWORKS PDM Web Portal? When logging in to a SOLIDWORKS PDM vault web portal, an error message displays: “Failed to check proxy settings. Description: The Archive Server could not open the Windows Registry.” To correct this error message, you can add…

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