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Published by adminat September 10, 2020
Manage Your Network Licenses The Easy Way   If you’ve just purchased a new network license and you’re stressing about how to add this to your […]
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Converting your Standalone license to an Online license Want to convert your Standalone license to an Online license? Ask yourself these questions: Are you a workaholic […]
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Configure Custom Routing Parts Using the Routing Library Manager Learn how SOLIDWORKS can cut down your Piping and Routing work, this is a premium add-in which […]
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How to Save Time and Streamline The Property Builder Tab in SOLIDWORKS How to Save Time and Streamline the Property Tab Builder, watch our latest blog […]
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Did you know that an active SOLIDWORKS subscription can give you access to Free SOLIDWORKS Technical Certification Exams? Achieving a professional accreditation by completing a certification […]
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Learn The Difference in Draftsight Packages and Optimize your Experience The Difference in DraftSight Packages gives you the freedom to build rich 2D and 3D CAD […]
Published by adminat April 1, 2020
CADspace, largest dedicated National SolidWorks Value Added Reseller, was recently approached by our partner COM1, who focus on providing integrated IT solutions to resellers, to review […]
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Want Easy Steps on How to Work from Home with SOLIDWORKS?, there are number of things to consider, such as; SolidWorks Licensing Access to SolidWorks project […]
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Advanced Revision Table Integration in SOLIDWORKS PDM was the release of SolidWorks 2018, a new and exciting feature was introduced, the ability drive Revision Tables in […]
Published by adminat February 27, 2020
See the latest blog on What’s New in  SolidWorks Composer 2020       Video by Bibek Bhurtel, Application Engineer
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Great news! SolidWorks 2018 Service Pack 5 has been released! This is the final release of SolidWorks 2018 and is now available to all current SolidWorks […]
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Want to know about SolidWorks Simulation Xpress? watch our latest video outlining the capabilities and ease of use of Simulation Xpress. Leatn how easy it is […]
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This weeks video is Reza sharing some of his favourite enhancements in SolidWorks 2017 for Simulation. This includes stress hotspots, Simulation Display for easy visualisation and […]
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This week we wanted to outline the benefits of using SolidWorks Costing to help with your quotation and estimation. You can quite easily draw this model […]
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We had a customer request on how to create Smart Components in SolidWorks. This is a quick instructional video on the steps required to convert a […]
Published by adminat March 15, 2016
We have had a lot of customers asking about how to redeem your free SolidWorks Certification exams when you’re on active subscription. So we’ve decided to […]
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This is the first of many videos that will introduce the wonderful new addition to SolidWorks suite of products, SolidWorks Visualize. In this video Reza goes […]
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This quick video shows you how to go through the activation and transfer of licence process in SolidWorks. As you know SolidWorks licence is not fixed […]
Published by adminat December 18, 2015
In our final post for the year, James shows us how you can use SolidWorks Thread feature to tap a nut. This nut will perfectly fit […]
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This week we see the enhancements to Surface Flatten command that was introduced in 2015. You can now flatten surfaces with cutouts, you can include reference […]
Published by adminat April 29, 2015
This video shows some tips and tricks to putting an assembly together quickly using some shortcuts for mating. It also goes through how to use angular […]
Published by adminat April 7, 2015
In this video, Ian demonstrates both the standard Wrap feature for debossing, embossing or scribing a part then goes on to show a more advanced projected […]
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Installing the SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Server

If you have SOLIDWORKS Professional or SOLIDWORKS Premium then you have access to SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard. To install the SOLIDWORKS PDM server you will need to install the SOLIDWORKS Database Server, the SOLIDWORKS Archive Server, and a Microsoft SQL Express server/instance. In this blog, I provide a step-by-step tutorial to walk you through installing all three components.

Before you begin installing

To install SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard, you must first complete the following tasks.

  1. Acquire your SOLIDWORKS PDM Serial number from your reseller.
  2. Add your SOLIDWORKS PDM Serial number to your SNL. (If you do not have an SNL installed, the installation will be covered in this installation)
  3. Acquire the SOLIDWORKS installation manager. (This can either be from a disk or downloaded from the customer portal)

Acquire a new SOLIDWORKS PDM server or workstation that meets the SOLIDWORKS PDM System Requirements.

Installing SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Server components

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard is installed using the same installation manager as SOLIDWORKS. To install SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard, load the Installation Manager and Select Server Products and select Install SOLIDWORKS PDM Server components on this computer. If you have not already installed the SolidNetwork License Manager select this option as well. Hit Next.

If you install the SNL, on the SNL Server Options page enter your SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Serial number. Hit Next. (Note: If you already have an SNL installed you will not be presented with this screen).

On the Summary page select CHANGE next to SOLIDWORKS PDM Server.

  1. Under Select Server Product, choose SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard.
  2. Under Installation Location either choose the default location or hit browse to navigate to a location you would like the product to be installed. (Quick Tip: If you have multiple SOLIDWORKS versions installed it is helpful to change the location to C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS PDM so that the location will stay the same as you upgrade to new SOLIDWORKS versions.)
  3. Under Select Features select Archive Server, Database Server, and Client
  4. Under SQL Server select Install a new instance of SQL Server Express (While you can choose to use an existing database, PDM performance is degraded if the database is shared between multiple programs. (See S-057591 in the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base for more information.))
  5. Name your SQL instance or leave it as the default. The default is localhost\SWPDM
  6. Enter a SQL sa password. Note: Please record this password as you will need it later in the installation.
  7. Confirm your settings and select Back to Summary

On the Summary screen read and accept the SOLIDWORKS license agreement and select install now. The installation of the database, archive, and SQL servers will begin along the with the SOLIDWORKS PDM client installation.

Archive server configurations

Once the installation is complete you will arrive at a screen offering options to configure your Archive Server. Select Next to begin configuring your server.

Select the folder that you want your archives to be stored in. This will hold all of your files and all of their versions so ensure that the location has at least 50GB of space. Hit Next.

Select the SOLIDWORKS PDM Admin password. Record this password because you will need it to configure and edit your vault. Hit Next.

Enter the SQL sa password you created in step 6 of the server installation. Hit Next.

Select which users or groups will need admin access to create and attach vaults. Ensure the user you will log into the server is in this list. This list can be edited later if more users need to be added. Hit Next and Finish to complete the process.

The server and components are now installed! To set up a vault and configure your SOLIDWORKS PDM vault I highly suggest getting SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Admin training to properly configure your vault.

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About the Author

Heather Dawe is a Senior PDM Support Engineer at Fisher Unitech based out of office in Horsham, Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Nuclear Engineering. Heather has been using SOLIDWORKS for 8 years and has 17 SOLIDWORKS Certifications including her CSWE, CSWP-D, and CSWP-S.

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Activating Archive Server Compression in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional

When using SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional (Enterprise PDM), the vault can occupy large amounts of disk space due to all the versions being stored from day to day. To save on disk space, you may want to enable compression on the archive server. Enabling compression will automatically compress all older versions in the vault, leaving the latest version uncompressed. As users request older versions, those files are uncompressed on-demand when they are sent to the user. However, on the server, they remain compressed to save on disk space.

Below are the steps for enabling compression manually. Keep in mind that each archive server has to be set up individually. Because each server can be set up differently, the files are uncompressed during replication.

To manually change the schedule for compression or cleanup:

1.    Use the Registry Editor to locate the vault key on the archive server, replacing VAULTNAME with your vault name.

       HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SOLIDWORKS\Applications\PDMWorks Enterprise\ArchiveServer\Vaults\VAULTNAME\

2.    Add a new string value, Reg_SZ, named as follows: CompressionSchedule

3.    In the value data, enter the schedule string using the Minute Hour Weekday format described below:

The schedule has the format:

Minute Hour Weekday

  • Minute. Use numerals 0 through 59.
  • Hour. Use numerals 0 through 23, where 0 is midnight.
  • Weekday. Use numerals 1 through 7, where 1 is Monday.

Separate sections with a space. Sections can contain a single number, a range (1-7), or a list (0,15,30,45). An asterisk represents the entire range.

For example:

  • 0 0 * Run every day at midnight
  • 0 2 1-5 Run every Monday through Friday at 2 a.m.
  • 0 * * Run every hour on the hour every day
  • 0 */2 * Run every other hour every day
  • 0,15,30,45 * * Run every 15 minutes every day
  • 0,30 * 1-5 Run every half hour Monday through Friday
  • 0 6-18 1-5 Run every hour between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

The time is local to the server.

Type off to disable compression on this vault.

4.  Restart the archive server service for the changes to take effect.

Once the compression starts, you will see previous versions show a different extension. They will also be 30%-50% smaller in size. The image below shows the latest version checked. The previous versions are nearly 50% smaller.

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