Enterprise PDM/SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional: Upgrade Test Licensing

Enterprise PDM, soon to be known as PDM Professional, has undergone some changes in terms of licensing in 2015 and later. No longer will a new license file be needed to upgrade from one major release to another. Instead, PDM will be utilizing the same type of SolidNetworkLicense Manager as SOLIDWORKS has been using for years. This allows all of the PDM license to be updated and activated online using the serial numbers that you can access from the SOLIDWORKS […]

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Enterprise PDM: Unexpected Incorrect User Password

There have been some recent instances where a user may attempt to log into Enterprise PDM, only to see a SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Login error claiming that “The entered user name or password is incorrect”. This may happen even though the user has logged into Windows using the exact same credentials, no passwords were recently changed and IT has not made any changes to the server. This can be caused by inconsistencies between the cached user information on the local […]

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Enterprise PDM 2015 Shortcut Creates Incomplete Folder Paths – SPR 877773

For any Enterprise PDM users that utilize a custom shortcut to access folders inside of Enterprise PDM, you will be experiencing some improper behavior when upgrading to Enterprise PDM 2015. After accessing Enterprise PDM 2015 through the custom shortcut, the file path will actually be incomplete and characters will have been removed. Typically it is the first two characters of each folder name. This issue is addressed in SPR 877773, so please contact your local reseller and ask them to […]

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Creating SOLIDWORKS Drawing Templates with Enterprise PDM

The process of creating a SOLIDWORKS drawing template seems to be very lacking in the amount of training resources available. I would like to take some time to explain how the main components work together and show some best practices for creating and configuring your SOLIDWORKS templates. The first component is what I refer to as the DOT file, and is the base template that you will use for your files. This file is where you can configure various settings […]

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SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM Best Practice: Non Revision Changes

When working with design documents, 9 times out of 10 the designer wants to make sure that any changes they make are recorded via revisions. Enterprise PDM does a fantastic job of doing this for us by automating the revisions through the workflows that we have set up. We release files for physical production, and when changes need to be made, we send them to a different state, make the changes and re-release them. Viola, new revision! However, what happens […]

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Create an Enterprise PDM Report

Enterprise PDM comes with an extremely capable search tool, however there are instances where some advanced reporting is necessary. Typically this more in depth information can easily be acquired by an administrator creating an SQL query to access that information. But what about the rest of the users who don’t have access to the SQL Server Management Studio yet still to search for this information? That is where the Enterprise PDM Report tool comes in handy! Creating a report for […]

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AutoCAD EPDM Add-In Setup

Installing the AutoCAD Enterprise PDM Add-In To install or the Enterprise PDM Add-In for AutoCAD you will need to modify the local installation of SolidWorks Enterprise PDM. Open up the Windows “Programs and Features” Select “SolidWorks Enterprise PDM” and choose to Change and Modify the installation. Continue through the installation wizard until the Add-Ins window appears and make sure to check “AutoCAD” and select the currently installed version. There is no need to modify any other settings. Continue through the […]

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AutoCAD EPDM Add-In Setup

Installing the AutoCAD Enterprise PDM Add-In To install or the Enterprise PDM Add-In for AutoCAD you will need to modify the local installation of SolidWorks Enterprise PDM. Open up the Windows “Programs and Features” Select “SolidWorks Enterprise PDM” and choose to Change and Modify the installation. Continue through the installation wizard until the Add-Ins window appears and make sure to check “AutoCAD” and select the currently installed version. There is no need to modify any other settings. Continue through the […]

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SolidWorks Enterprise PDM (EPDM): Update a Data Card List through the Data Card

It’s not uncommon to have lists inside of an EPDM data card that is continuously being updated and on most occasions the lists must be updated by either modifying as static text list or a list inside of the SQL database. Updating a data card list on the fly by standard EPDM users can be accomplished by using an SQL list that looks at information already in the EPDM vault, such as folder names or variable values. Here is an […]

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Display the Enterprise PDM File Version in a SolidWorks Drawing

Enterprise PDM uses two different items to keep track of a file's latest version. The first is by using "revisions". Any time a file is checked out of the vault, modified, saved and checked back into the vault, a new revision of that file is created. The second is a revision scheme. Each time a document goes through the necessary approval process a new revision is created. Usually this revision is populated on the drawing or document to ensure that […]

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