PDMWorks Enterprise SolidWorks 2008 Migration Utility

Included in the latest Service Pack of PDMWorks Enterprise 2008 is a utility for upgrading all your SolidWorks files in your PDMWorks Enterprise vault to a SolidWorks 2008 format.  The utility comes in your PDMWorks Enterprise installation package under the folder "\Support\File Version Upgrade".  The utility is called "File Version Upgrade.exe".  Double click on this exe file on your file server and it will install the necessary files in your PDMWorks Enterprise 2008 Program Files directory.  There you will find a file called UpgradeUtility.exe with a help file to get you started.  Before you install, you need to be at PDMWorks Enterprise 2008 SP2 and you need SolidWorks 2008 and a PDMWorks Enterprise client installed on the machine that you are using for the upgrade.  It will use a seat of SolidWorks during the upgrade.  Below are some features:

  1. Ugrade based on file type (ie sldprt, sldasm)
  2. Upgrade based on file state or based on some data card variables
  3. Break your upgrade job into mulitple jobs
  4. Share processing across multiple computers
  5. Stop and start the migration and it picks up where it left off
  6. The tool will not attempt the upgrade if the file is already SolidWorks 2008
  7. The application can automatically increase the system version (optional)

Keep in mind, that each SolidWorks file will be opened and save automatically in SolidWorks 2008 so you will not be able to open files in SolidWorks 2007.  You also have to make sure all files are checked in before starting.  If you PDMWorks Enterprise vault is large, you probably want to do this in batches during off hours to reduce impact on SolidWorks users.  Also, remember to BACK UP your vault before progressing with the upgrade.  Any questions…forward to InFlow Technology.

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