SOLIDWORKS EPDM

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 login screen, or attempt to login when you are disconnected…

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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 performance. The SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base article S-061702 offers a query to find…

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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 the Folder Card, regardless how the file made its way…

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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 it was possible in the first preview of Windows 10.…

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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: I so rarely use this option that I could almost…

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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 being carried out. To lock SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault vault for…

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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 including: A complete engineering BOM that’s ready for release to…

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Creating a SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault

Before creating a new Vault, the SOLIDWORKS PDM  SERVER, the PDM Client on the computer where the vault will be created and the SOLIDWORKS SolidNet License Manager must be installed.   A new SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault is created with the SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration tool. To create a new vault right-click on the server and select Create…

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