SOLIDWORKS PDM

Tips and Techniques for SOLIDWORKS PDM Users and Administrators

How to relocate SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault Database Files

Relocate SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault Database Files

To maximize PDM performance, the SQL database files should be located on the fastest hard drive available. If the mdf and ldf files for the database need to be relocated, this can be done using the Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio. Before moving the files, ensure that a backup of the database has been performed and…

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How To Manually Backup the SOLIDWORKS PDM Database

When troubleshooting SOLIDWORKS PDM issues, or when performing operations like software upgrades you may need to manually backup the SOLIDWORKS PDM Database outside of your normally scheduled Maintenance Plan. This backup can be run as a task within the Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio. Step 1:  In the Management Studio, right click on the PDM database…

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How to use the SOLIDWORKS PDM View Setup Tool

SOLIDWORKS PDM View Setup tool

Once the SOLIDWORKS PDM Client software is installed the next step is to setup the Vault View which give the user(s) access to the vault through Windows Explorer. The easiest way to do this is by using the SOLIDWORKS PDM View Setup tool.  It is recommended that you perform this procedure with full Administrator privileges….

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How to Avoid Locking Out the Microsoft SQL sa Account

Starting with Microsoft SQL 2005, the Password Policy and Password Lockout settings from the Windows Operating System (found by going to Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Local Security Policy > Account Policies) are automatically inherited by the sa account in SQL. This could lead to issues if the password stored in the Database Server Configuration…

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How to change the SOLIDWORKS PDM Client License Type

When installing the SOLIDWORKS PDM Client you can select from 3 different license types:  Editor, Contributor or Viewer.  It is very important to make sure that you select the correct license type for the PDM licenses that you own, otherwise you will receive an error when trying to log into the vault. SOLIDWORKS PDM Editor:…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Cache Options for SOLIDWORKS Toolbox

In SOLIDWORKS PDM there are options that can automatically handle how files are cached. These options are available for both the User and Group Properties. Here is how you can automatically get the latest cache of SOLIDWORKS Toolbox files managed in a SOLIDWORKS PDM vault during log in: Go to User/Group Properties, click on “Cache…

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How to Manage SOLIDWORKS Toolbox in a SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault

When SOLIDWORKS PDM is used to manage SOLIDWORKS Toolbox, it can perform several automated functions: Adding missing Toolbox components to the vault Creating references between Toolbox components and SOLIDWORKS assemblies Check out and in Toolbox components and creating new versions of Toolbox components To setup SOLIDWORKS PDM to manage SOLIDWORKS Toolbox: Copy the Toolbox data “SOLIDWORKS…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Toolbox Integration

The recommended SOLIDWORKS PDM Toolbox Integration is to add a Windows registry option to automatically force caching of the latest version of SOLIDWORKS Toolbox references on open when Toolbox is managed in SOLIDWORKS PDM. This override ensures that the latest version of a Toolbox reference is cached to avoid Toolbox having to create missing sizes…

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