SOLIDWORKS PDM

SOLIDWORKS PDM Cleaner Service

SOLIDWORKS PDM Cleaner Service

When files are DESTROYED (this is different to being deleted and likely only the admin has permission), they aren’t removed from the vault archive until the SOLIDWORKS PDM Cleaner Service has been run. This can cause issues when your IT admin is frantically trying to clear space…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Connectivity Test Tool [Updated]

NOTE: This article has been updated to reflect the new version of the Connectivity Test Tool.  The new tool is available to all customers and can be downloaded via the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base article S-069274 Within a SOLIDWORKS PDM environment, there are several different components that need…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Results Save Location

The SOLIDWORKS Simulation Results Save Location can be specified in the simulation options. In this post I’ll explain how to save the results, the options available to you, and the best practice when you use SOLIDWORKS PDM. Simulation Options After enabling the SOLIDWORKS Simulation add-in…

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Relocating SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Folders

As your SOLIDWORKS PDM vault is used, and more files are added, and new versions of those files are created, the archives where all of those files are kept will grow significantly.  You may need to move these SOLIDWORKS PDM archive folders around as the…

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How to increment a Revision Automatically in a SOLIDWORKS PDM Workflow

SOLIDWORKS PDM Revision

In SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional and Standard, your Workflow can be set up to automatically increment the revision value as a file moves through the approval process.  Looking through the properties of the States and Transitions in a pre-established workflow you might have noticed a number…

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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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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2017 Client and Server Service Pack Compatibility

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2017 Client Server Compatibility now allows a mismatch between client and server components within the same major version. Which means any PDM server component upgrades will NOT require an upgrade to each client. Attention all IT System Administrators! Previously client and server components were required to be same major…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2017 Copy Group Permissions and Members

One of my favorite new enhancements within SOLIDWORKS PDM 2017 is that Vault Administrators can copy group permissions and members from an existing group when creating a new group.  Previously the only way to copy permissions to a new group was manually; which was a monotonous task to say…

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