One of the most common questions through our SOLIDWORKS PDM support queue is in regards to the Windows server requirements for PDM server components. This article is a reference to hardware PDM system resources recommendations. This information is based on our technical support experience in ensuring a healthy PDM server.
These recommendations assume a healthy network infrastructure. A client system should be a machine in the same LAN as the archive server. A gigabit network with reliable/continuous connectivity and throughput is necessary. Connections that require a WAN, should set up a replicated environment such that the remote client is local to the remote archive server.
A “speedy” HDD array for is necessary PDM server components - especially for an MS SQL server. If any of the terms/instructions provided herein seem “foreign” to you, that will be for a reason: We want you to consult with an IT professional to perform the tasks – or contact us if you need direction on how you can move forward.
As the title of this document states, these are a starting point for a SOLIDWORKS PDM server system. Meaning that as your company, user count, and vault grow, more of these system resources will need to be allocated to the server system. Ensure that your server system resources are scalable.
These can be found on the SOLIDWORKS website.
For a SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard vault, the recommendations below apply as well. With the exceptions that there is no archive server replication and that SQL Express vault databases for PDM Standard are limited to only 1 GB of RAM. You may adjust the RAM values recommended below accordingly.
For an archive server in a replicated environment
About Francisco Guzman
Francisco Guzman is the PDM Technical Support Lead at GoEngineer, and is pursuing his degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Utah. In addition to providing guidance and support to SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS PDM customers, Francisco also provides support for DriveWorks design automation. He won the world-wide DriveWorks reseller CPD contest as the best DriveWorks AE for 2015. For fun, he designs, 3D-Prints, builds and races custom first-person-view (FPV) racing drone frames.
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