PDMWorks Enterprise Cache Tips

For those familiar with PDMWorks Enterprise, it uses a local cache when a user accesses a file.  This local cache works like Internet caching.  As you may or may not know, when you browse internet pages, images from those pages are copied down to your local hard drive so the page displays faster the next time you browse.  PDMWorks Enterprise works the same way.  Any time you access a file by viewing or modifying, that file is copied into your cache.  So the next time you view the file, the system will access it from the local cache instead of from the server saving valuable time, especially when you are […]

No one wants to buy PLM…Part 2 of an infinite series

I am a PLM sales person…and the title of this blog entry may imply that I am whining about my job. While I am not immune to the occasional emotional episode / mild tantrum, the title of this blog entry has a purpose. I assure you that this purpose has nothing to do with my emotional state. Companies that contact InFlow are generally not looking to buy a PLM solution. Rather, they are looking to solve complex issues in their organization. Often times, the connection between the issue and the definition of PLM is somewhat cloudy. Therefore, my goal in this series is to discuss some of these challenges that […]

PDMWorks Enterprise Authentication

For those interested in implementing PDMWorks Enterprise, here are some basics regarding authentication: 1st: PDMWorks Enterprise is a secure vaulted application, meaning that access and permissions are based on a user’s unique login name and/or group.  Depending on the user’s rights, they may see totally different parts of the vault (ie engineers see engineering folders, purchasing sees purchasing folders, etc.) 2nd: There are three "modes" of authentication: PDMWorks Enterprise login, Active Directory (or windows) login, and LDAP server login. Here is some information about each authentication mode: PDMWorks Enterprise login: This mode is the easiest to administer if you have a small group of people (<20) and you don’t have […]

No one wants to buy PLM…Part 1 of an infinite series

I am a PLM sales person…and the title of this blog entry may imply that I am whining about my job. While I am not immune to the occasional emotional episode / mild tantrum, the title of this blog entry has a purpose. I assure you that this purpose has nothing to do with my emotional state. Companies that contact InFlow are generally not looking to buy a PLM solution. Rather, they are looking to solve complex issues in their organization. Often times, the connection between the issue and the definition of PLM is somewhat cloudy. Therefore, my goal in this series is to discuss some of these challenges that […]

Improving PDMWorks Enterprise Replication Performance

As you may know, PDMWorks Enterprise provides companies with the ability to manage solidworks files.  Included in the cost of the software is site to site replication which automatically copies files from one site to another so that users always work on files from their local network.  So, if 1 GB of data is changed on a given day, you can schedule the replication of this data to all other vaults on your network.  So one of the questions I get is, "If I schedule replication 3 times per day, how can I keep the replication process from bringing my network down with a transfer of 500 10MB files?" Here […]

How can I tell who is Logged into PDMWorks Enterprise?

I have recently been asked, How can I tell who is logged into PDMWorks Enterprise?  I want to be able to reboot my server and I want to make sure everyone is logged out.  Answer: PDMWorks Enterprise does not use any fancy license management software, it keeps track of licenses and logged in users inside a SQL database.  So, to get a license count, all you have to do is run a user search from Windows Explorer. When logged into PDMWorks Enterprise go to Tools > Users (if there is no Users pick available, your admin has to turn this on in the Search Card form) When the search dialog […]