Installing a PDM Server with the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager

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, Web2 server, and Web API 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, enter 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 SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager to install the PDM server with the client together.
        • The SOLIDWORKS PDM client component included with the SOLIDWORKS PDM server install includes Item Explorer which cannot be excluded.
      2. If you are installing PDM Professional, you can also click Web server, Web2 server, and Web API Server.
        If you are installing the Web API server, you can specify a value for HTTP port number that is between 0 and 65535. The default value is 65453.
    4. In SQL Server, you can install a new instance of the database tools that come 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 version of SQL Server must be installed for SOLIDWORKS 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 starts. 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 2022 Installation Guide.