Compressing a Vault Archive

To activate vault archive compression using the Group policy:

  1. On the archive server, click Start > Run .
  2. Type gpedit.msc and click OK.
  3. To add the SOLIDWORKS PDM policy, expand Computer Configuration.
  4. Right-click Administrative Templates and select Add/Remove Templates.
  5. Click Add to load the policy template.
  6. Browse to the SOLIDWORKS Install DVD, to the \SWPDMClient\support\polices folder, and select the PDMWorks Enterprise.adm template.

    The SOLIDWORKS PDM Settings policy is now available under Administrative Templates.

  7. Expand SOLIDWORKS PDM Settings > Archive Server.
  8. Display the compression settings by double-clicking Archive Compression.
  9. To activate archive compression on the server, select Enabled in the policy. In Compression schedule, type a schedule string that specifies when to run the compression routine.
    Run the compression once every night after all backup jobs have completed.

    The schedule has the format: Minute Hour Weekday where:

    Minute Use numerals 0 through 59.
    Hour Use numerals 0 through 23, where 0 is midnight.
    Weekday Use numerals 1 through 7, where 1 is Monday.

    Separate sections with a space. Sections can contain a single number, a range (1-7), or a list (0,15,30,45). An asterisk represents the entire range. For example:

    0 0 * Run every day at midnight.
    0 2 1-5 Run every Monday through Friday at 2 a.m.
    0 * * Run every hour on the hour every day.
    0 */2 * Run every other hour every day.
    0,15,30,45 * * Run every 15 minutes every day.
    0,30 * 1-5 Run every half hour Monday through Friday.
    0 6-18 1-5 Run every hour between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    The time is local to the server.

    Type off to disable compression on this vault.
  10. Close the policy editor and restart the archive server service to load the new schedule.
    • The compression policy affects all vault archives stored on the archive server.
    • To disable compression for a specific vault, set the manual registry value for that vault to off.
    • The policy is per server. For more than one archive server, for example in a replicated environment, activate compression for each server separately.