The Workgroup PDM application is product data management software that runs inside the SolidWorks environment or as a standalone application inside SolidWorks Explorer. Workgroup PDM controls projects with procedures for check out, check in, revision control, and other administration tasks.
A Workgroup PDM system is illustrated as follows:
- A computer can contain only one Vault.
- The Vault directory cannot be a hidden or read-only directory.
- As a client/server application, Workgroup PDM performance depends on a robust network.
- If your users maintain a large number of documents, performance is improved if you create more projects or subprojects with fewer documents per project instead of keeping the documents in a smaller number of projects with more documents per project.
Clients and the VaultAdmin, API, and Viewer can be installed on the same computer as the Vault, or on different computers.
- It is not necessary to install the Workgroup PDM Server to install the client API. The client API is installed during the Workgroup PDM Client installation.
- To configure the vault folder on a remote location, type the full Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path when prompted for the server destination. (For details, see UNC Format.)
- Installing or updating the vault requires a computer reboot.
- If the Workgroup PDM Server Service does not start automatically after rebooting, you must start it manually. In Windows Explorer, run pdmwvault.exe in the install_dir\SolidWorks Workgroup PDM\Vault folder.
- When you install a Workgroup PDM client, you must install solidworksexplorer.exe on each computer. This executable can be on a shared drive. The Workgroup PDM Vault, Viewer, API Client, and VaultAdmin are not installed on each client computer.
A license for Workgroup PDM API is included with the licenses of SolidWorks clients and Explorer clients. Check-in APIs require client licenses.
- A Workgroup PDM Viewer license must be installed with the vault to enable the Viewer.
The vault administrator should have write permission for installation and for the vault folder.
- The vault administrator should manage the vault folder from the VaultAdmin, not with Windows Explorer.
- Users should never have write permission in Windows Explorer for the vault folder.
Security, Ports, and Duplex Settings
SolidWorks Toolbox Documents
SolidWorks Toolbox documents are common hardware components that usually do not require revision control and are not checked in to the Workgroup PDM Vault. See the Workgroup PDM online help for details about configuring SolidWorks Toolbox and other standard libraries.