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SOLIDWORKS PDM User and Group Cache Options

What is the difference in the user and group cache options ‘Clear cache during logout’ and ‘Refresh cache during login’ found in SOLIDWORKS PDM permissions? At first glance these two options seem to accomplish the same task, but there are major differences between the two….

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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…

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Why are Blue Folders being displayed in SOLIDWORKS PDM?

Are you seeing SOLIDWORKS PDM blue folders in your vault view, instead of the standard green colour? If so, this simply means you are working offline and not connected live to the vault server. This happens when you click the Work Offline button on the vault…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Reorganize Index Process

EPDM Reorganize

SOLIDWORKS PDM Reorganize Index or Rebuild can increase performance on a fragmented database. If fragmentation is between 10 – 30% then Reorganize is recommended, when above 30% a Rebuild would be best. For fragmentation values lower than 10%, or for smaller databases, Reorganize and Rebuild may not increase…

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Moving SOLIDWORKS PDM Files does not regenerate Data Card Values?

When moving SOLIDWORKS PDM files between folders, with the option ‘Folder data card variable’ checked the result may not be what you are expecting.   The expectation would be that any Data Card Control, with ‘Folder data card variable’,  would pull the Variable Value from…

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Accessing the SOLIDWORKS PDM Local Vault View from the Windows 10 Taskbar

Accessing SOLIDWORKS PDM Local Vault View

Recently I was asked how to add a SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault View shortcut, to the Windows Taskbar. I was told that in previous Windows releases, this was possible. I did some research and found that this was never possible; in previous releases of Windows, but…

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Using a Configuration based on a SOLIDWORKS PDM Administrative Image Export File

SOLIDWORKS PDM Administrative Image

While I was creating a new SOLIDWORKS PDM vault for another article I was writing, I was about to race through the Configure Vault window, like I normally do. When the oft forgotten ‘Use a configuration based on an administrative image export file’ option caught my eye:…

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How to lock the SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault

When performing maintenance on a SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault, for instance updating the software or moving the Database or Archive files to a different location; it is best to lock down access to the vault so that no changes can be made while the maintenance is…

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Learn SOLIDWORKS BOM and Configuration Management [On-demand Webinar]

Aras PLM BOM Management

Aras PLM is a full-featured, business-ready product lifecycle management software solution built on top of SOLIDWORKS® PDM Professional that extends PDM and related engineering business processes and drives cross-functional collaboration enterprise-wide. Aras PLM delivers powerful capabilities that are highly sought-after by companies that run SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional…

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