Installing a PDM Server with SLDIM

When you install the PDM Server for PDM Standard, you can install the archive server, the database server, and the PDM CAD Editor client on the same machine. You do not need to run the client installation separately.

When installing the PDM Server for PDM Professional, you can include these components, and also the Web server and Web2 server.

To install a PDM Server and its components:

  1. Start the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager.
  2. On the Welcome page, select Server Products, and check the following:
    • Install SOLIDWORKS PDM Server components on this computer.
    • Install SolidNetWork License Manager on this computer.

      If the SolidNetwork License Manager is installed, this option does not display.

  3. If the SolidNetwork License Manager Options page displays, type a serial number and specify a location for the directory, and click Next.
  4. Follow instructions for system warnings and click Next.
  5. On the Summary page, for SOLIDWORKS PDM Server, click Change.
  6. In the SOLIDWORKS PDM Server Options page:
    1. For Select Server Product, click SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard or Professional.
    2. For Installation Location, click Browse to specify a file path.
    3. In Select Features:
      1. Click Archive Server, Database Server, and Client to install these components on the same machine. If you are in a distributed environment, you can install the archive server and database server by running the Installation Manager on another machine.
        If a PDM client is already installed on the machine, you must cancel the installation and uninstall the client. You can then run the SLDIM to install the PDM server with the client together.
      2. If you are installing PDM Professional, you can also click Web server and Web2 server.
    4. In SQL Server, you can install a new instance of the database and management tools that comes with PDM Server (SQL Server Express for PDM Standard), or you can specify the database name, username, and password of an existing instance.
      A full edition of SQL Server ships separately with PDM Professional.
    5. Click Back to Summary.
  7. On the Summary page, accept the terms of the SOLIDWORKS License Agreement and click Install Now.

    When the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager completes installing, the Archive Server Configuration Tool launches. Follow the prompts in the wizard to configure the archive server.

To set up, configure, and troubleshoot the archive server, database server, Web and Web2 servers, and SQL Server databases, see the relevant topics in the SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 Installation Guide.