Locking a SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault Quick Tip

Article by Enrico Tolentino on Jan 07, 2021

There can be a few reasons where locking a SOLIDWORKS PDM vault is necessary: troubleshooting, maintenance, upgrades, or preventing unauthorized access.    

Locking a PDM vault can be performed by the administrator inside the Administration application. Right-click the Vault you want to block log-ins for, and select Properties. In the File Vault Properties window, click Block Log-ins. The Block status will change from Log-ins are permitted to Log-ins are blocked

How to Lock a SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault

If a user tries to log into the vault at this time they will receive the error message shown below: 

Could not lot into the Database SOLIDWORKS PDM Error Message

Users can still Work Offline and make changes to files that they have previously checked out and view files that they have available on their local cache. 

Work Offline Option SOLIDWORKS PDM

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Once troubleshooting, maintenance, or upgrades have been completed, from the Administration application, right-click the vault again and select Properties. Again in the File Vault Properties window click on Permit Log-ins to unlock the vault. 

SOLIDWORKS PDM Admin File Vault Properties

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About Enrico Tolentino

Enrico graduated from California State Polytechnic University with a degree in Engineering. He is a data management specialist at GoEngineer based in Southern California. A car guy, Enrico frequents the SoCal open track days to test his limits. And, of course, his corgi's name is Rally. :)

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