New Vault Management tool in SolidWorks Workgroup PDM 2014

With SolidWorks Workgroup PDM 2014 comes a much easier way to management your vault server.  A new tab "Vault Management" let users validate, rebuild and even reboot their server without having to remote into their server. 1. Change validation of server to next startup or every startup. 2. Rebuilt vault tree structure 3. Start or Stop vault services 4. Save or clear vault server log file for troubleshooting purposes

Script to kill all connections to a database

Whether you are restoring an EPDM Database or modified tables in an existing EPDM Database, you are required to stop connections to the database before continuing. Most of the time you can simply stop the SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Archive and Database services and that should kill the connections. However, sometimes this is not enough and this is where this script comes in handy. USE master GO ALTER DATABASE YourDatabaseName SET OFFLINE WITH ROLLBACK IMMEDIATE GO  

Who’s logged into the vault?

There is a simple search that comes with every default EPDM vault setup that will let any user see who is currently logged into their Enterprise PDM vault. The search name is "Show Users", below shows how you can use it. 1. Tools -> EPDM Searchs -> Show Users… 2. Uncheck "Show non-logged in users" but leave "Show logged in users" checked, then run the search. Remember to visit Inflow at

Where did the options in my right click go?

The user interface in Enterprise 2011 PDM has changed and some of the RMB (right mouse button) options have been removed and placed into one of the drop-down lists on the toolbar. Below are some of the options and where they ended up in the menu bar. 1. Get Version was moved to the Actions drop-down.   2. Increment Revision was moved to the Modify drop-down.    3. Finally, History was moved to the Display drop-down.  Remember to visit the InFlow website at

Relocating EPDM Archive folders

By default EPDM puts your physical vault archives in this path, C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Enterprise PDM\Data\<Your Vault Name>. If you are about to run out of disk space on your archive server or are moving your server to a brand new machine, you can very easily relocate these folders through the EPDM Archive Server Configuration tool. Select Archive Server Configuration. Right click on your vault and select "Relocate". Finally, change the file path to where you want the archives to relocate to. Enjoy and remember to visit

Convert to PDF – An out of the box feature for Solidworks Enterprise PDM 2010

With Enterprise PDM 2010 converting drawings to PDF is easier than ever. In this entry we will show you where and how to add the Convert Task feature. In the next entry we will show how to use this tool to convert drawings to PDF once the drawings are approved. Installing the Convert Task on your system 1. Open up EPDM administration tool and right click on your vault name and select "Import…"   2. Browse to your EPDM install directory and then "Default Data" 3. Select the "Convert_gb.cex" file and click Open 4. To double check expand "Tasks" under your vault in the administration tool and make sure "Convert" […]

The simplest solution is often the right one

We recently ran into an issue while attempting to install Microsoft SQL on a customer's server machine. However, the SQL install will always crash during the "Setup Support Files" section. The crash itself was just a plain Windows crash with a "Send this error report to Microsoft" pop up window which did not tell us anything about the crash. Below is where the crash would occur. Right away we believed this to be a SQL issue and started a Solidworks SR along with looking at the SQL install crash logs. Then Googling the crash number inside the crash logs. After a few days we all ran out of ideas on […]

Duplex setting for performance

In recent months we have repeatedly seen that setting the network card setting for duplexing to a specific value has significantly increased performance… especially on check-in and out of larger assemblies. **This needs to be forced on both the server and the clients How do you change this you may ask.. Administrative privilege for the computer is needed in order to change these settings. On the Windows “Start” button, select “Settings->Control Panel” In “Control Panel”, select “Network Connections” Right-click on the “Local Area Connection” and select “Properties” from the bottom of the menu: This will bring up the “Local Area Connection Properties” window.  Select “Configure” At the next window, select […]