SOLIDWORKS PDM

Tips and Techniques for SOLIDWORKS PDM Users and Administrators

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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Searching Additional Variables in SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2

SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2 search is a convenient, single search box that is able to search File Names, Folder Names as well as the Comment and Description variables by default, but what if you need to search more variable values? This can be done easily by modifying the Application Settings for the SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2 site. Go…

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Displaying Custom Columns in SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2

A very useful feature in SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault Views is the ability to display customized Column Sets built from any Variables that have been created in the PDM Vault. By default, SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2 will display columns for “Checked Out By”, “State”, “Days In State”, “Version”, “Modified”, “Size” and “Path” values.  However, it’s possible to…

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Clearing the SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server Log

Clear log options

When viewing the SOLIDWORKS PDM User Log, clearing the log is straight forward. You simply left-click, on the ‘Empty the log’ icon. This is available from the User Log menu bar, located at the top-left of the Log. But how do you accomplish this for the SOLIDWORKS PDM Archie Server Log? There is no ‘Empty the log’…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2 Login Type Options

When a user logs into a PDM vault online via SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2, many don’t realize there are potentially two different license types that can be chosen, either a Web license or a Viewer license.  The options can be chosen by clicking on the box below the Vault name. What’s the difference between the two…

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How to manually delete a SOLIDWORKS PDM Local Vault View

Rarely, it may not be possible to delete SOLIDWORKS PDM Local Vault by the standard method of right-clicking on it and selecting Delete File Vault View. In these cases, the vault view can be deleted manually. Caution should be taken to ensure all files are checked in first, if possible. After the below processes are…

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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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