EPDM TECH TIP: How To Use An Options File For EPDM in 2015

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With all the changes that have come about in the license structure for EPDM 2015, you now have all the capabilities with options files that you’ve had with SOLIDWORKS network seats for a while! This includes setting up timeouts on the licenses and reserving licenses for groups of people.Begin by opening up a blank text document in Notepad. You must set up a group to assign rules to by entering the syntax below: GROUP <group_name> <username1> <username2> <username3> (do not […]

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How to Upgrade to SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM 2015

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Enterprise PDM 2015 has brought with it some important changes that will affect your upgrade. No longer do you need to download a license from the customer portal, because everything is now activation-based like many other SOLIDWORKS products. Additionally, there are new requirements of your hardware/software. System Requirements It is always important to check the SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM System Requirements before doing an upgrade. This year, Windows Server 2008 and all 32-bit systems are no longer compatible with the software. Additionally, SQL […]

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Migration from Windows to Enterprise PDM Part 3: Legacy Revision Workflow

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Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 Many companies have several projects stored in their Windows file system prior to an Enterprise Product Data Manager (EPDM) implementation. While it is ideal to leave older projects within the old filing system, it is sometimes important to integrate them into the new PDM system for future use. This is the final entry of a three part blog series entitled Migration from Windows to Enterprise PDM. It is recommended that you implement […]

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Migration from Windows to Enterprise PDM Part 2: Fix Those References

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Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 Many companies have several projects stored in their Windows file system prior to an Enterprise Product Data Manager (EPDM) implementation. While it is ideal to leave older projects within the old filing system, it is sometimes important to integrate them into the new PDM system for future use. This is the second of a three part blog series entitled Migration from Windows to Enterprise PDM. It is recommended that you implement in a […]

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Migration from Windows to Enterprise PDM – Part 1: High Performance Migration

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Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 Many companies have several projects stored in their Windows file system prior to an Enterprise Product Data Manager (EPDM) implementation. While it is ideal to leave older projects within the old filing system, it is sometimes important to integrate them into the new PDM system for future use. This is the first of a three part blog series entitled Migration from Windows to Enterprise PDM. It is recommended that you implement in a test vault prior […]

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SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM: How to Handle a Full Archive Server

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So you’ve been working in SolidWorks Enterprise PDM for a while now and have just realized your vault has gone from 50GB to 500GB. There’s very little space left on your server hard disk and you need to do something quickly before the ceiling is reached. What do you do?You have a couple of options that can be done independently or in combination to relieve the stress of a large archive. Cold Storage Schema The first thing you should do […]

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How to Use Indexing in SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM

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What does indexing do in EPDM? It creates a catalog of the content and properties of each document. This means you can search for things that are contained in the content of the file that aren’t necessarily in the datacard. Once it is enabled, you can utilize it by using the Content Search tab in the Complete Search card.Example: Search for the word “Eric” in the Content Search tab. Your results could contain a word document that mentions “Eric” in […]

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How to Link Excel and Word Documents to EPDM Datacards

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There are a few methods you can use to link Word and Excel to datacards in EPDM. In this blog post, I’m going to discuss the best methods I have come across that do not require you to save a document with a macro embedded in it.Setting up the EPDM Variables In order for EPDM datacards to link into file properties, you must add attributes to the variables in the EPDM Administration Tool. Below is an example for the variable […]

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Enterprise PDM: Maintaining a Healthy SQL Server

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Maintaining your SQL Server is essential for all Enterprise PDM users. Below are the main areas of concern when setting up and maintaining your server. SQL Maintenance Plan Wizard: One of the most important things you will need to do is set up the automated performance plan. This can be accessed under the Management folder > right click > New Maintenance Plan. Some recommended tasks for it to run are depicted below. You should back up the database daily and […]

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