SOLIDWORKS PDM

Tips and Techniques for SOLIDWORKS PDM Users and Administrators

How SOLIDWORKS PDM Processor Site Licenses & Client Access Licenses work together

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional license are available in two basic formats, Processor Site Licenses (PSL), and individual Client Access Licenses (CAL). Client Access Licenses are available as a single CAD Editor, single Contributor license or in 5 packs of Viewer licenses.  The client installation must match the CAL license version that is available on the SolidNetWork…
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Enabling the Windows Status Bar in SOLIDWORKS PDM

Every so often we’ll get a question from a SOLIDWORKS PDM user about the Windows Status Bar. The Status Bar can provide a lot of useful information for Windows Users, such as the number of files in a folder, number of items selected and the total file size of the selected items. However the Status…
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Working with a SOLIDWORKS PDM Named BOM

A SOLIDWORKS PDM Named BOM, is a saved from a Computed BOM and can be treated like any other vaulted file. Named BOMs can be Checked In/Out, Versioned, and have their State changed. Like other vaulted files, the history of the BOM is captured and can be viewed. Named BOMs can only be viewed by switching the…
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SOLIDWORKS PDM Task Host Automatic Login

When users launch Tasks in SOLIDWORKS PDM, instead of having the Task run on their local computer, it can be sent to a dedicated SOLIDWORKS PDM Task Host. For the Task Host to be able to process tasks it must be logged into the Vault.  If the dedicated Task Host system is an unattended system,…
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SOLIDWORKS PDM Display Types in the Windows Explorer Local Vault

There are three SOLIDWORKS PDM Display Types available in the Windows Explorer Local Vault: Show Files Show Bills of Materials Show Search Results They can be found under the Display menu as shown below: Show Files Show Files, is the default and most commonly used. This is the view, that displays the files and folders, that…
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Why can’t I add Check In Comments to SOLIDWORKS PDM?

When performing certain actions in the vault, such as transitioning a file, or checking a file in, you can add comments to provide context for this action in the file’s history.  In fact depending on the settings enabled by the Administrator you may be required to add comments during these actions. However, sometimes when you…
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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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