SOLIDWORKS PDM

Tips and Techniques for SOLIDWORKS PDM Users and Administrators

How to Share a SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault View

When creating a new SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault View, we have two options for Attach type; Only for me For all users on this computer Or if creating using the SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration Tool; which is essentially the same options, but we can choose either Yes or No. What is the difference between these two options?…

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Using SOLIDWORKS PDM from home during COVID-19 shutdowns

Using SOLIDWORKS PDM remotely

This using SOLIDWORKS PDM remotely article is part of a series aimed at helping you to continue working during the impacts caused by COVID-19. For more information related to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software licensing options during this time, please see the comprehensive article from my colleague Scott Durksen. When it comes to SOLIDWORKS PDM, we…

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How to shrink the SOLIDWORKS PDM SQL Transaction Log

SOLIDWORKS PDM Transaction Log

Within Microsoft SQL, every SOLIDWORKS PDM vault database has a transaction log associated with it that records the modifications to the database.  In some scenarios, if this log grows large it can cause performance issues within SQL and the vault.  If you’ve recently changed the recovery model for the SOLIDWORKS PDM vault DB from full…

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Services to help you access your SOLIDWORKS Data via the Cloud

Javelin Cloud Services

Right now with the COVID-19 outbreak a lot of companies are being forced to change the way they operate, with employees having to work remotely outside of the office. This means accessing the shared SOLIDWORKS data in your office becomes more of a challenge. In a previous post we presented the different methods available for…

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How to change the SOLIDWORKS PDM Database Recovery Model

With SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard, and SQL Management Studio by default within Microsoft SQL, the recovery model option for any new databases is set to full.  In some instances this can cause problems later as the full recovery model; causes the transaction log to grow exponentially as regular database backups are captured.  We have seen…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Hide When Sibling Parallel Transition is Chosen

What does the option “Hide when sibling parallel transition is chosen” do in SOLIDWORKS PDM? This option hides transitions after a commitment is made to enter a parallel transition. In other words if there are two or more parallel transitions that can be chosen from this state, once one is chosen the other parallel transition…

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Search within different variables using SOLIDWORKS PDM Quick Search

With the new Quick Search feature included in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020, it’s possible to search within multiple variables right from Windows Explorer; By default, when searching using an AND or NOT operator, it will search for both values within the same variable. In this example, we want to search all files for any parts that…

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How to fix a ‘File not found’ error when exporting a CEX file from the SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration Tool

SOLIDWORKS PDM administrators may want to save their vault settings as a CEX file for a number of reasons; for instance, to create a sandbox vault or to provide it to Technical Support. Our exporting SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault Settings article contains a series of steps to generate a CEX file. However, sometimes you may get…

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How to change the default Recovery Model Option for new SQL Databases

Recovery Model Option

By default when a new database is created within Microsoft SQL the recovery model option is set to full.  If you’re capturing daily backups, a full recovery model can cause issues with the transaction log affecting performance.  We’ve previously looked at how to change the recovery model, but we can change a setting within SQL…

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