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Having a central location where all data is securely stored with history, shared, and approved can make the difference between an engineering design process that works and one that doesn’t. For SOLIDWORKS (and CATIA) users, Dassault Systèmes offers two first-party data management solutions: the on-premise SOLIDWORKS PDM and the on-cloud 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. Both solutions handle SOLIDWORKS files well, but each has its unique strengths. This article explains some technical differences between SOLIDWORKS PDM vs 3DEXPERIENCE CLOUD PDM to help you decide which product is right for you.
As a SOLIDWORKS PDM Application Engineer, I often work with customers directly and scope their PDM upgrade efforts. During these sessions, I often hear from non-IT-focused team members, and a question that often comes up is, “How do I check the version of Microsoft SQL SOLIDWORKS PDM is using?”
This article focuses on upgrading the SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional server software. How to Upgrade SOLIDWORKS PDM Yourself is the master article on the complete upgrade of SOLIDWORKS PDM. Please refer to that article prior to upgrading your SOLIDWORKS PDM server software. This article assumes you have read the main article mentioned above and have checked that the installed SQL and server Operating System are compatible with the new version of PDM that you are upgrading to. Furthermore, the archive server and database backups have been performed.
This article focuses on upgrading the PDM Standard server software. The article How to Upgrade SOLIDWORKS PDM Yourself is the master work on the complete upgrade of SOLIDWORKS PDM. Please refer to that prior to upgrading your PDM server software. This article assumes you have read the above article and have checked that the installed SQL and server Operating System are compatible with the new version of PDM that you are upgrading to. Furthermore, the archive server and database backups have been done.
Successfully upgrading SOLIDWORKS PDM yourself takes planning. The process is simple enough, but it is essential to review all the steps and verify that everything is ready before starting the upgrade. This guide outlines the process to plan and complete the upgrade, with links to detailed instructions in each step.
If you have SOLIDWORKS PDM running alongside your SOLIDWORKS installation, you’ve come to the right place. When it comes to the upgrade process, there are a few additional steps to take to make sure everything goes smoothly. But before we get started, there are a few notes to mention.
This article covers upgrading a SOLIDWORKS PDM client that does not use SOLIDWORKS 3D modeling. The PDM Client must match the major version that is on the server, but the service pack can be different. If the server has PDM 2022 SP2 installed, then the client can be any service pack of 2022. However, the client will not connect to the server if it is updated to PDM 2023 while the server is still version 2022.
Having blank SOLIDWORKS PDM data card variable values can cause trouble for some PDM vaults. For instance, if your process requires exporting PDM metadata to an ERP system. This tutorial provides the steps to identify, remediate, and safeguard your vault from blank data card variables.
Reports are boring. However, they are often necessary and can be a useful tool to prove that work is getting completed in a timely manner. But why not make them more interesting to look at and easier to read? We can do that using Excel and some SQL knowledge.