SOLIDWORKS PDM

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Microsoft SQL Licensing for SOLIDWORKS PDM FAQs

SOLIDWORKS Microsoft SQL

SOLIDWORKS PDM, SOLIDWORKS Manage and SOLIDWORKS Electrical software all rely on databases hosted by Microsoft SQL Server software to operate. The Microsoft SQL Server software is licensed separately from your SOLIDWORKS software, so it is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct licensing for both the Release and Edition of Microsoft SQL Server…

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How to Remove a Replicated SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server

When retiring a replicated archive server within SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional it’s important to use the recommended steps to ensure all replication information in the database for the server will be removed, along with any archives. CRITICAL: This operation is destructive.  It is imperative that good vault backups are captured ahead of completing any of the steps…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Error: “Could not copy the file. Cause: The file could not be found.”

SOLIDWORKS PDM Error

This article is part of a series for troubleshooting common, and perhaps not so common, SOLIDWORKS PDM error messages. The error message “Could not copy the file. Cause: The file could not be found.”, can occur when a user launches a SOLIDWORKS PDM Template that generates a file. When a PDM Template generates a file,…

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Why did my SOLIDWORKS PDM Task Fail?

SOLIDWORKS PDM Task Fail

A SOLIDWORKS PDM Task automates the conversion of SOLIDWORKS files to other file formats, such as PDFs. A PDM Task opens a SOLIDWORKS file, in SOLIDWORKS, and then performs a Save As operation. Occasionally a SOLIDWORKS PDM Task can fail! Reasons for a SOLIDWORKS PDM Tasks Failure Typical reasons for a task to fail are…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Error: “Could not create folder. Cause: The file/key name was invalid.”

Could not create folder. Cause: The file/key name was invalid

This article is part of a series for troubleshooting common, and perhaps not so common, SOLIDWORKS PDM error messages. SOLIDWORKS PDM ERROR: “Could not create folder. Cause: The file/key name was invalid.” This reported error can occur when executing a SOLIDWORKS PDM Template. The error is caused when a folder/file name being defined in the…

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Managing Multiple Workflows and Categories in SOLIDWORKS PDM

As the number and complexity of SOLIDWORKS PDM Workflows increases, the tools and strategies to test and troubleshoot workflow becomes increasingly important. In this article, I will look at tools and strategies to deal with multiple and complex workflows: SOLIDWORKS PDM Sandbox Vaults The first tool I want to mention is the sandbox/test/development vault.  Whatever…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Resource Monitor GDI Handles Warning

SOLIDWORKS PDM GDI Handles

After installing SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019, or a later version, you may receive a SOLIDWORKS PDM Resource Monitor Warning that the available GDI handles are critically low for Explorer.exe, as shown in the figure below: What are GDI Handles? GDI stands for Graphical Device Interface and every process that displays graphical objects and formatted text uses…

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How are unused SOLIDWORKS PDM Serial Numbers handled?

While helping a customer with an issue they were having with their SOLIDWORKS PDM serial numbers, I came across an article on how unused serial numbers are handled. This article really helped me understand the way serial numbers are doled out and I believe others will find this information useful. In this article, I have…

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How to Configure the SOLIDWORKS PDM Local HOSTS file to resolve the Server Name

By default, the SOLIDWORKS PDM client is set to use server name, which via DNS lookup will resolve the IP number and communicate with the server.  In a perfect world, the DNS server configuration will resolve quickly and not cause any issues, but this isn’t always possible in certain environments, for example, while using a…

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