SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Resources including technical tips and tutorials for users and administrators

SOLIDWORKS PDM Combobox Styles Reference

SOLIDWORKS PDM Combobox Styles

Within the SOLIDWORKS PDM (Data) Card Editor, there are four different Combobox Styles to list data; Combobox Dropdown, Combobox Simple, Combobox Droplist, and a Listbox: I find that I’m always forgetting the difference between them, and it’s not clear from within the editor to see the difference.  The purpose of this article is to act…

Read More...

Setting SOLIDWORKS PDM Microsoft SQL Server to use a Static Port

Microsoft SQL Server Static Port

For users to be able to log into SOLIDWORKS PDM they must be able to connect to the Microsoft SQL Server that is hosting the database. By default Microsoft SQL Server Standard will communicate on port number 1433, so generally all that might be needed is to add a firewall exception for that port number…

Read More...

Showing the ‘Last Saved With’ file property in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018

Previously, SOLIDWORKS introduced functionality which automatically created a file property which showed the version of SOLIDWORKS that the file was last saved with. Now with SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018, we can easily take advantage of the SOLIDWORKS Last Saved With file property to display that information in the PDM interface. Once the vault is upgraded to SOLIDWORKS…

Read More...

Copy Tree Dynamic Variable Values in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018

One of my favorite enhancements in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 is a new option to use dynamic values when updating Variables while performing a Copy Tree.  In the past, this functionality only allowed Administrators to either clear values or set static values for Variables in files that are created by a Copy Tree command. Now a…

Read More...

What Permissions are needed to view files in SOLIDWORKS PDM?

A request we frequently receive from SOLIDWORKS PDM Administrators is help with setting up users who should have View Only rights to files that are stored in the SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault. What are the minimum permission requirements? This is actually a slightly more complicated scenario than many administrators realize at first.  There are two sets…

Read More...

Manually Setting The SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server Folder Locations

SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server Folder

Generally it’s best practice to use the SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server Configuration utility to relocate the PDM Archive folders, however there may be times (perhaps during a server migration or after a restore due to a system failure) where you might need to be able to specify the Archive Folder locations manually. This is actually…

Read More...

Collecting information for SOLIDWORKS PDM Support

Collecting information for SOLIDWORKS PDM Support

When you are encountering issues using SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional or Standard, the first thing that your Value Added Reseller’s SOLIDWORKS PDM Support technician will want to review in most cases are the log files, from both the local client and the server. Thankfully, this information and more can be very easily gathered and packaged up…

Read More...

Managing large SOLIDWORKS PDM file lists more effectively

SOLIDWORKS PDM File List

When working with large file sets in SOLIDWORKS PDM, the file list generated for actions such as Check Outs, Check Ins and Transitions can get quite long and potentially difficult to manage. For instance to Check Out an entire file set of several hundred files, it would take quite a bit of time to check…

Read More...

Want to become a SOLIDWORKS Expert?

Take a LIVE Online Training Course from Javelin