SOLIDWORKS PDM is a document management product based on the client/server architecture known formerly as SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM. SOLIDWORKS PDM is available in two types:
  • SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional

SOLIDWORKS PDM uses a Microsoft SQL Server database to manage file vaults.

This table lists the database systems, server components, and client options available for each product type.
  PDM Standard PDM Professional
Designed for Small to medium office networks, generally with less than 20 concurrent users. Large office networks, large numbers of concurrent users
Limits Lesser of 1 socket or 4 cores, 1 GB of RAM, and 10 GB database size SQL Standard limits: Lesser of 4 sockets or 16 cores, 128 GB of RAM, and 524 PB database size
Database Management System Microsoft SQL Server Express 2016 or later versions up to 2019. Microsoft SQL Server 2016 or later versions up to 2019.
Requires SolidNetWork License Manager? Yes Yes
Includes Archive Server and Database Server? Yes Yes
Includes SOLIDWORKS PDM Web server and Web2 Server? No Yes
Client types Native Native, browser-based
Client add-ins for CAD Editors SOLIDWORKS, DraftSight SOLIDWORKS, DraftSight, Microsoft Office Integration
Client add-ins for Contributors DraftSight DraftSight, Microsoft Office Integration
Client add-ins for Viewers   Microsoft Office Integration

SOLIDWORKS Manage Professional provides advanced data management tools to SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. It offers capabilities for advanced version control, and for project, process, and item management. Interactive dashboards and reports help you track items, activities, and progress toward completing projects.

SOLIDWORKS Manage Professional has a similar architecture as SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. It uses a client-server architecture, with a Microsoft SQL Server database to manage item and project data. There are three services for database, file server, and web server functions, which support both thick clients and web browser clients. The three services can be hosted on the same server or separate servers. Users with SOLIDWORKS Manage Professional Editor licenses can use a SOLIDWORKS Manage Add-in to access Manage data directly from within SOLIDWORKS.

You can use the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager to install the SOLIDWORKS Manage Professional server and client.

For instructions on installing SOLIDWORKS Manage Professional, see the SOLIDWORKS PDM/SOLIDWORKS Manage Installation Guide.