SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM

Setting the SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Working Folder

SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Working Folder

When working with SOLIDWORKS files from the Workgroup PDM vault, a copy of the files is cached to the local computer. It’s generally best practice to set a specific folder for these local copies of the files to be stored in so that they are easier to manage. To set the local “working” folder, right click in the Workgroup PDM tab in the Task Pane…

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How to change the SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM User Password

SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM user password

If you need to change your SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM user password, this can be done directly within the SOLIDWORKS add in for Workgroup PDM. Right click within the Workgroup PDM tab in the Task Pane and select “SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Options…” Go to the “Vault” tab, under the “Password” section click “Change” to modify the existing serial number. You will need to know your current…

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SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Cleanup Tool

SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Cleanup

As you work with projects in SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM, your PDM working folder may come to have a very large number of files cached locally.  How can you determine which files are safe to remove  and which ones you may still be working on? The best way to manage this is using the SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Cleanup Tool.  This can be accessed by right clicking…

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Determining what needs to be Backed Up for a SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Vault Migration

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I’ve written this article at the request of the Javelin Services Group, who are invaluable when performing migrations from SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM, to SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard or Professional. This article is an addendum to the article: ‘Backing Up the SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Vault‘ written by esteemed colleague Andrew Lidstone. Files that should be backed up The steps for migrating data from your current SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Vault…

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Migrating from SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM to SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional or Standard

Now that you are about to embark on all the fun and excitement that comes with upgrading to SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional or PDM Standard; how do you get all your legacy data moved over from your old SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Vault? You need a good strategy!  Step 1: Analyse your current vault How big is your SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM vault?  Use the Windows right click-properties method…

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Installing SOLIDWORKS 2017 Workgroup PDM Server

Installing SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Server

Installing SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Server for the 2017 release is included in the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager. The Installation Manager can be launched from your SOLIDWORKS Installation DVD or from a downloaded service pack. NOTE: SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard replaces SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM, which is set to be discontinued in the 2018 release. SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard is included with SOLIDWORKS 2016 and 2017 Professional and Premium licenses. Once the Installation Manager…

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Backing Up the SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Vault

One of the great features of SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM is that the vault is entirely self contained.  This makes backing up the vault VERY simple. However, we frequently find in conversations with SOLIDWORKS Workgroup administrators that the vault is not being backed up using a regular schedule. To locate the SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM vault, you need to log into the Workgroup PDM VaultAdmin program and go to the “Vault Management”…

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Installing SOLIDWORKS 2016 Workgroup PDM Server

The SOLIDWORKS 2016 Workgroup PDM Server installation is included in the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager. The Installation Manager can be launched from your SOLIDWORKS Installation DVD or from a downloaded service pack. Once the Installation Manager starts, on the Welcome Screen, you can select SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Server under Server Products. Starting with SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM 2012, a Validation Code required in order to install the server. In the Installation Summary,…

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