PDM

How do you store and protect your critical business data?

External Hard Drive

I have visited a lot of companies and many of them have their own way of managing their data, one of the standard questions I ask is “How do you store and protect your critical business data today?” and usually get the same answers: We…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Rollback Alternative

SOLIDWORKS PDM Rollback Alternative

We have talked about the SOLIDWORKS PDM Rollback feature before and saw some of the enhancements made to the feature for SOLIDWORKS 2017.  In learning about it we also saw the warning; This function should be used with caution as it permanently deletes file versions.  Personally I’m not…

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Uninstalled Microsoft SQL Server but components have been left behind?

Uninstall microsoft sql server

In some cases, when you uninstall Microsoft SQL Server, some components may be left behind. This could prevent the proper re-installation of Microsoft SQL Server, or interfere with its normal operation. As an example, a SOLIDWORKS PDM Administrator may encounter connection issues, when attempting to…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Task Input Card

SOLIDWORKS PDM Task Input Card

When creating or editing a SOLIDWORKS PDM Task, you can specify a Data Card that will be presented when the Task is launched. When the Task is launched, a user will be presented with the specified data card. At this point a user can enter…

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Saving a Named BOM for a SOLIDWORKS PDM Workflow

Save Named BOM

A Computed or a SOLIDWORKS BOM, can be saved as a Named BOM. Which can be controlled by a workflow.  Named BOMs can be checked out, modified and checked in. Named BOMs are useful when the BOM contents needs to be managed independently of the…

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Mapping File Card Variables in SOLIDWORKS PDM Tasks

SOLIDWORKS PDM File Card Variables

SOLIDWORKS PDM Tasks are useful tools for automating processes, such as Printing, running the SOLIDWORKS Design Checker and Converting files. In the case of Converting files, there may be File Card Variables in the Source file we would like to map to the Converted file. When creating…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Automatic Notification Editor

SOLIDWORKS PDM Notification Editor

A SOLIDWORKS PDM Notification can be added from the Local Vault, so that the logged in user will receive a message when a predefined event occurs to a file or folder. To set up these Notifications, right-click on the file or folder and select Notify….

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Managing SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Search Favorites

Edit or Delete SOLIDWORKS PDM Search Favorites

In SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, users can set up custom Search Favorites to dramatically speed up the process of finding relevant files.  This is great functionality that can be a huge time saver, however, sometimes things can get a little out of hand and Search Favorites…

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Reserving SOLIDWORKS PDM Licenses

Reserving SOLIDWORKS PDM Licenses

Now that SOLIDWORKS PDM (both Professional and Standard) is using the SolidNetwork License Manager for distributing licenses to clients, reserving SOLIDWORKS PDM licenses for specific users or groups of users is now possible.  This is done through the SolidNetWork License (SNL) Manager Options File. In other…

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